“And be not conformed to this world (aion): but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
There are two Greek words for “world”. One is “cosmos” which refers to the physical world and the other is “aion” which is a time concept that is rightly translated as “age” and where we get our word “eons”, as in “eons ago”
So instead of conforming ourselves to the current, “age” which by definition is always changing, may I suggest we conform ourselves to that eternal unchanging age which is to come, but has always been. The writer of Hebrews 6:5 informs us that we can in fact “taste of the good word of God and the powers of the age to come”.
How does one do that?
Well Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our mind and that requires new information. May I suggest as the writer of Hebrews did, that we should learn to taste of the good word of God. We see that the Greek for “word” is once again, “rhema”, which is the spoken, God breathed word. Have you tasted that today? Or have you only learned to read the written word? The latter is essential, but the former is vital. You need both.
The written word looks back and instructs. The spoken word looks ahead and guides. Of course you can be guided into the future by learning from the past (those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it), but if you were being sent to the battlefield… Would you rather be guided by an extremely well written war manual several hundred pages thick, or have the God of the universe clearly speaking a word to you in the heat of the battle, directing your course?
If it were me, I would want both.
I would study the manual so as to know how God speaks, recognize His voice and so I could learn His ways. Then I would listen for His voice, easily recognizable because of my familiarity with His previously recorded words.
Think of God’s written word (logos) as the steel tracks of a railway. Think of the spoken word (rhema) as the powerful locomotive moving down the track. You can choose to walk miles on end down the track or you can catch and ride the power of the locomotive.
The locomotive is the spoken, living, God breathed, present and proceeding word from the mouth of God to the ears of your heart. It ALWAYS rides on the steel rails. The locomotive will never lead you in a way contrary to the steel rails of God’s immutable, eternally settled Word.
When you have tasted the “good word (rhema) of God”, (heard Him speak to you directly) and tasted of the powers (literally: explosive, miracle working, physically observable power) of the age to come, you will want more of that. And when you feast on that, the GMO altered word being served up with toxins on a silver plate to every generation, will appear tawdry at best and utterly reprehensible at worst.
So here’s the takeaway…
Instead of trying to change your behavior or that of anyone else’s from the outside in, start feeding on the good word (rhema) of God that rides on the written word (logos) of God and begin to follow that. If you receive and act on that, you will without fail begin to experience the powers of the age to come and your desire for the tainted pleasures of this age will be forever ruined.