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A Poor Tree with Better Grafted[Rom 16:17-27]

A Poor Tree with Better Grafted

Let's Pray:

Lord, be one spirit with us, that we would see this organic union. Release the riches in Your word in a most definite way that all of us would be supplied!

Hymn:482

This the secret nature hideth,

Harvest grows from buried grain;

A poor tree with better grafted,

Richer, sweeter life doth gain.

Oh! It is so sweet to die with Christ,

To the world, and self, and sin;

Oh! It is so sweet to live with Christ,

As He lives and reigns within.

Today's Verses : Rom 16:17-27
Key Verses:

Rom 12:2

 

Rom 11:17

 

 

2 Cor 3:18

 

 

And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind …

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them and became a fellow partaker of the root of fatness of the olive tree,

But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit..

Life Supply:
Suppose that a person has a very pale complexion and that someone else, wishing to change his colorless complexion, applies some coloring to his skin. This, no doubt, produces an outward change, but it is not an organic change, a change in life. How then can a person truly have a colorful face? By daily absorbing into his body healthy food with the necessary organic elements. Because your body is a living organism, when an organic substance enters into it a chemical compound is formed organically by the process of metabolism. Gradually this inward process will change the coloration of your face. This change is not outward; it is a change from within, a change resulting from the process of metabolism.

According to the Bible, this metabolic change is termed transformation. In the process of transformation the life of Christ is added to our being. When His life, which is organic and filled with vitamins, permeates our being, a spiritual, chemical compound is formed. This changes our constitution both in nature and in form. This is transformation. It is not outward correction or external adjustment. It is absolutely an inward metabolic change in our organic element, a change in life and with life by the Lord Spirit (2 Cor. 3:18). In the process of transformation the divine element is wrought into us. If we keep in mind this proper understanding of transformation as we approach Romans 12 through 16, we shall realize that this portion of the Word is altogether different from what our natural concept would lead us to believe it is.

The will mentioned in 12:2 is to have the church life. The house that you purchase, the job that you have, and the person that you marry should all depend on the church life. Even the clothes that you wear should depend on the church life. If you are right with the church life, you will know what you must do. Everything must be for the church life, for to have the church life is the unique will of God. This is good, well-pleasing, and perfect. And this is for the Body life. The presenting of our bodies, the transforming of our souls, and the renewing of our minds are all for the Body life. (Life-Study of Romans, pp.293-294, 302)


Questions:

1. What is transformation? (See Rom. 12:2 note 3)

2. How do we experience transformation? (See Rom. 12:2 note 4)

3. How should we respond to the compassions of God? (See Rom. 12:1 note 3, note 4)


Tomorrow: We Have Become the Branches of the True Vine