Conversion is a spiritual change. Acts 3:19 reads, “Repent and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...” Con-version and forgiveness of sins are inseparable. One who is converted is changed. The bondage of sin is severed and the one who seeks the truth of God has found the salvation promised by the God of Heaven through Jesus Christ.
Conversion is a process at work. To be converted, one must be changed, but changes are not always instant. The process begins at the point of faith. Paul said “For with the heart man beliveth unto righteousness...” (Rom. 10:10). The point at which one comes to a belief in Christ is the starting line. The heart that knows that Christ is what He claims to be is the heart that must obey the Lord. In the same letter, Paul wrote, “But thanks be unto God that whereas ye were servants of sin, ye have obeyed from the heart that form of teaching, being then (at that time) made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:17-18).
Conversion is the new birth. Have you been told that the new birth is an inner experience of grace, something that takes hold of you and causes physical sensations in your body that you cannot understand or describe? This is pure delusion. The new birth and the act of conversion are the same. On the day of Pentecost, those who were baptized into Christ were baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Later, to the same sort of folk, the same man said, “Repent and be converted that your sins may be blotted out...” There is no difference. If you are willing to obey Christ out of a heart of full faith and assurance that He is the Son of God and a willing rewarder of your faith, you can be converted without going through some sort of emotional or physical upheaval. The question now is--will you?
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