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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 (ESV)

The key method Paul underscores as the means to the transformed life is by the “renewal of the mind.” This means nothing more and nothing less than education. Serious education. In-depth education. Disciplined education in the things of God. It calls for a mastery of the Word of God. We need to be people whose lives have changed because our minds have changed.

Sproul, R. retrieve from https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/renewed-mind-transformed-life

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And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43 (ESV)

How is it that under precisely the same circumstances one (criminal) is converted and (the other) remains dead in sins… the (same way) same sermon is heard by one (church-goer) with complete indifference… (yet) sends another (church-goer) home to pray and seek Christ.

Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1079-80

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And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” Luke 18:18-21 (ESV)

To be delivered from such blindness is one of the first things needful to our salvation. The eyes of our understandings must be enlightened by the Holy Spirit. (Ephes. 1:18.) We must learn to know ourselves. No man really taught of the Spirit will ever talk of having “kept all God’s commandments from his youth.” He will rather cry with Paul, “The law is spiritual, but I am carnal.” “I know that in me dwells no good thing.” (Rom. 7:14-18.)

Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1060

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