Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 “to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The word “transformed” is behind the English term, “metamorphosis". This scientific term describes the remarkable process that changes the lowly caterpillar into something beautiful.
Until recently, the only way to study how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly was to cut open the chrysalis or x-ray it — both with fatal results. But a recent issue of National Geographic reported on new micro-CT scans that show how metamorphosis takes place.
Metamorphosis is a radical change in form and function. Many animals go through this process (frogs, sea urchins, wasps, beetles), but most of us know about metamorphosis from caterpillars that become butterflies. Yet scientists are only beginning to grasp the miracle of what goes on in a chrysalis. New research shows that the insect’s makeover is a mix of destruction of old ways of being and thinking combined with brand new ways of being and thinking. The article notes that, “Certain cells die, and body parts atrophy. Meanwhile, other cells, in place since birth, rapidly expand.”
The adult emerges “completely remodeled, capable of flight” and possessing a completely rewired brain.
(from Preaching Today)
The renewing of your mind in Romans 12:2 is God’s way of changing you from everything you were before Christ to everything He wants you to be after Christ saved you. How can you renew your mind? By hearing, reading, studying, meditating upon, and obeying God’s Word.
A Study of Christ’s Suffering and Exaltation in Isaiah 52:12 - 53:12
Isaiah 52:12-15 Exaltation (verse 12, exalted and extolled)
Isaiah 53:1-3 Rejection (verse 3, despised and rejected)
Isaiah 53:4-6 Vicarious Sacrifice (verse 6, the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all)
Isaiah 53:7-9 Rejection (verse 8, cut off from the land of the living)
Isaiah 53:10-12 Exaltation (the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand)
Observe how the passage points to the vicarious (substitutionary) sacrifice of Christ for us. Isaiah aims to communicate this vital truth, and does so powerfully.