Romans 12: 2--
μὴ συσχηματίζεσθε τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ, ἀλλὰ μεταμορφοῦσθε τῇ ἀνακαινώσει τοῦ νοὸς
Does the second word look familiar? Here’s the transliteration: syschēmatizesthe
Looks like schematize, right?
How about the seventh word? Transliteration: metamorphousthe
So Paul’s command to the Romans is something along the lines of “Do not be schematized into this age, but be “metamorphosis-ized” by the renewal of the mind.”
ἀνακαινώσει is a lovely noun with connotations of uplifting, refreshing, rejuvenating while νοὸς refers to the mind’s ability to think, reason, and analyze.
This passage of scripture suggests to me that a line of thought can be a means of grace. God can use our thought process as a channel through which grace can flow. However, not just any thought process can serve this function. Some lines of thought simply follow and conform to a worldly order.
Has an idea or line of argument ever transformed you? What mental exercises leave you feeling renewed or uplifted?
There was an example of a new thought transforming someone in the Upper Room devotional for Sunday, May 5, 2013