Emanna for 07/29/2019

Transformation Being Needed to Receive Others

Bible Verses

Rom 12:2 ...be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect. 14:1 Now him who is weak in faith receive.... 15:7 Therefore receive one another, as Christ also received you to the glory of God.

Words of Ministry

In order to receive our fellow believers in the Lord, we need transformation. If we remain natural, we shall be unable to go along with others. In fact, according to our natural disposition, we cannot even agree with ourselves consistently. We all fight with ourselves. Thus, it is very difficult for any Christian remaining in his natural disposition to go along with others. Receiving the saints requires transformation. I believe that Paul's word in Romans 12:2 concerning being transformed by the renewing of the mind not only governs the section on the practice of the Body life, but also all the other chapters relating to the church life. If we are not transformed to at least a certain degree, we shall be unable to be one with other believers. Although we may meet with them, we shall be unable to fellowship with them or to open ourselves to them. If we were to open ourselves to them, we would end up fighting with them because we are untransformed and so natural in our concept, behavior, and all that we are and do. Thus, in order to receive our fellow believers, we need transformation. All of Romans 14 and part of 15 is devoted to this matter .

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 324-325. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 11/3/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.