Please look with me at the two Strong’s Concordance words below; # 3339 and # 3345. In the English, both entries can be written as “transformed.’
In the Greek however, there is universe that divides them apart in terms of what they represent.
I am convinced of the following principle after learning the scriptures in the original Greek and Hebrew for twenty-two years.
For the believer who desires as much freedom that can be attained in Christ within the confines of this human existence, a basic knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and Greek is a requirement, and not an option.
Jesus tells us in the gospel of John that you shall know revelatory truth and the knowledge of that revelatory truth will free you. You see, it’s the revelation of God’s word that frees us.
Revelatory truth comes in the form of the rhema word of God. The rhema word is the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to meet you with His word in a specific situation. It always comes out of the Logos or written word. It is the word that leaps out of you from the Bible, or the word of prophecy, or even a vision or a dream.
Faith comes in the form of a rhema word. By the way, the number # 4487 is the entry “rhema”. Do a study yourself.
Ro 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word <4487> of God.
The sword of the Spirit is the rhema word.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word <4487> of God:
The church is washed and set free by the rhema word. This is why any congregation that prohibits the use of spiritual gifts, commits spiritual suicide.
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word <4487>,
I have to go to bed so let me finish with my entry on transformation.
The word # 3339 is the word metamorphoo, from where our word metamorphosis comes from. Yes, this is exactly the same word that is used to describe the unqualified change of an ugly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. “Meta” is defined as after this… takes effect or with. Morphoo is the inward form of an object, closely related to the essence or image of its being, Metamorphosis, is an utter change of the inward form or essence of an object. In other words, transformation!
Mt 17:2 And was transfigured <3339> before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Jesus was metamorphosized before them. If we are to work in the power of Jesus we must experience metamorphosis. Think of the change that takes place, and the price that needs to be paid. This is the formation of the new man, which Paul speaks about, and it’s well worth the price.
Mr 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured <3339> before them.
Ro 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed <3339> by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
No other scripture talks so explicitly about metamorphosis than Romans 12:2. Paul commands us to be metamorphosized by the renewing of our minds. The word anakainos for renewing defines a mind that is made totally new; not new in age, but new because it is novel in its thinking and operation. A renewed mind thinks after the laws which govern the new man, which are so absolutely different than what governs humanity. Then, and only then, can we know what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed <3339> into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Now look at # 3345. Though the English tells us that this is the word transformed, the Greek writes it as metaschematizo and not metamorphoo # 3349. Metaschematizo is a change not of inward form or essence, but of the outward schematic. Can you see the Greek, schematizo and the English schematic?
The scriptures are clear. The false prophet or teacher is the wolf in sheep’s clothing. His inward form or essence has not been metamorphosized. He remains the same ravenous wolf that he has always been. As to his outward schematic he has totally changed it. He is indeed transformed! He talks like a preacher, and dresses like a preacher. Satan himself alters the schematic of his appearance and deceives people. To his inward essence, He is still the great deceiver.
So pay the price to be metamorphosized from an ugly sinful caterpillar, into a beautiful free butterfly for the Lord Jesus Christ.
2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves <3345> into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed <3345> into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed <3345> as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
I will never go back to reading the scriptures in English. It is like eating ground beef to the lobster of the original languages.
So Then The Zenith Of Christianity Is A Butterfly!