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Rm 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed (metamorphosized) by the renewing of your mind/values, that you may prove/demonstrate/manifest what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
1. New Creation
Eph 4:21 as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt acc to the deceitful desires 23 be renewed in the spirit of your mind 24 you put on the new man created acc to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
2Cor 5:17 if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new [Gal 6:15 in Christ... a new creation. Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works...that we should walk in them Ps 51:10 heart]
2. Continue in sin?
Rm 6:1 so grace abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know...we were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 even so we also should walk in newness of life.
2a. What died? 6:6 knowing our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin11 reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord
2b. Gal 6:16 Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (desire for temporal). 17 Spirit..flesh contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires
2c. Freedom and Intimacy Jn 8:31 who believed Him: If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as... Gal 5:7
3. Pre-conversion Paul
7:4 brethren...we should bear fruit to God 6 we should serve in the newness of the Spirit 9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. (cx Phil 2:13) 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? n25 I thank God----through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
4. New Walk
8:1 now no condemnation to those who are in Christ, who do not walk acc to the flesh, but acc to the Spirit 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk acc to the flesh but acc to the Spirit 5 those who live acc to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 8 those who are in the flesh cannot please God 9 you are not in the flesh....if the Spirit dwells in you 13 if you live acc to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live 14 led by the Spirit...sons
5. Is it attainable?
2Pt 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you by epi-knowledge...Lord 3 called us to glory and virtue 5 giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue self-control perseverance godliness love 8 if these things are yours & abound...unfruitful...kingdom
5b. Jesus says: Rev 3:10 you have kept My command to persevere. 11 I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple 15 I know your works 16 you are lukewarm, I will vomit you 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, he with Me 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne
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