Topic: Transformation By The Word [Tuesday, July 11th]
And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] RENEWED and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] KNOWLEDGE after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it (Colossians 3:10 AMP).*_
I’ll like you to observe two words in the opening text. The first is “renewed” and the second is “knowledge.” The Greek word translated “renewed” is the verb “Anakainoo,” and it means a qualitative difference, not in how recent, but in terms of newness; a difference in quality. It’s a word that describes a keyword in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
The Greek word translated “changed” above is “metamorphoo”; a change in state, form, kind, quality or glory; a continuous transformation. But how is it done? It’s through knowledge; full and exact knowledge (Greek: “Epignosis”). This isn’t just the knowledge of mere or distant acquaintance, but one that relates with that which is known.
You’re being renewed in this full knowledge of God which you gain through meditation and revelation. In “Epignosis,” you become what you know; the knowledge that’s granted you transforms your life. As you receive God’s Word into you, your spirit is renewed, refreshed, polished anew; you glow more and more! It’s the reason you must let the Word of God dwell in you richly, because the more you know Him, the more the glory, anointing, graces, wisdom, and effectiveness of the Spirit, are manifested and increased in your life.
The Lord Jesus said in John 6:63, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” It’s only God’s Word that can impact, transform, brighten and glorify the human spirit. The Word works in your mind by renewing your thinking.
Dear Father, I thank you for the knowledge of the Word and the transformation it brings to my spirit. As I meditate on the Word, my heart and mind are open for a full, deep and intimate relationship with the Word. Therefore, I grow in grace, and continually, your glory, power, beauty and perfections are manifested and seen in and through me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: || Ephesians 1:15-18 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, ||
|| Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. ||
|| Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 21:1-16,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 8:11-18,