Conformed - the word is Strong's #4964 and means "to fashion alike, i.e. conform to the same pattern". This is referring to the external condition or outward appearance of something. We are not to be fashioned together according to the likeness of this world, according to the course or philosophy of this present age.
1 Peter 1:14-15 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Fashions and philosophies change, but God's Word never does! Let's not imitate the things of the world (the fads, the fashions, the lost's way of thinking, the lost's outward appearance). The world does not have the power to change you for the better, but only to corrupt you. God does not want us to live like or look like the lost, but to be holy and separated in the way we live. Let's not put on an outward show, but be transformed internally by the renewing of our minds.
Transformed - the word is Strong's #3339 (metamorphoo) and means "to transform (literally or figuratively, "metamorphose")" This is referring to an inward condition, a change of our nature. Like a caterpillar is metamorphosed into a butterfly, so too we are transformed into new creatures in Christ when we come to Jesus Christ for salvation (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). We are also to be changed, transformed, into the likeness of Christ in our day to day walk with Him.
This same Greek word is also translated as transfigured in Matthew 17:2 and Mark 9:2. Jesus was completely transformed and glorified before His disciples.
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.
We are not to be like the world on the outside, but are to be transformed and renewed on the inside - to become more like Jesus Christ. How does that happen? By the renewing of our mind through the Word of God. When we see ourselves through the mirror (glass) of God's Word and apply the principles that we find therein, we are made more like Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. (See also James 1:22-25 and 1 Corinthians 13:12)
Looks into the Word of God
And sees the Son of God
He is changed by the Spirit of God
Into the image of God
For the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Colossians 3:9-10 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:
Ephesians 4:21-24 If so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Be ye transformed...
Written August 29th/04