Part 3-What does it mean to be Converted?
June 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

The following is Part 3 of the Repentance/Forgiveness Bible study recently hosted.  What does it mean to be converted?  Conversion occurs when a person truly decides to serve the Lord and asks Jesus Christ for forgiveness.  Once a person is forgiven, they are converted and ready to receive the Holy Spirt which is the “born again” experience.  Conversion is the first step in our approach to God. It is being converted from the old sinful way of life to a brand new life serving the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines converted as, "turned or changed from one substance or state to another; turned from one religion or sect to another; changed from a state of sin to a state of holiness; applied to a particular use; appropriated." 

Matthew 18: 2-4 states, “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” 

In Mark 4:12 we read, “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven of them.” 

Luke 22: 31-32 states, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”  Jesus spoke to one of his disciples about what Satan had planned for him before his conversion. Jesus was concerned for his disciple and offered up a prayer for him until he was converted. 

The primary evangelist of the New Testament, Paul, had a very miraculous conversion. In Acts Chapter 9, we read that Saul (Paul's name before his experience) was a religious zealot who was threatening the lives of the new Christians. While on the road to Damascus to bring Christians into custody, he was struck blind by God. God spoke to Saul in the 4th verse "...Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Saul immediately knew that God was speaking to him and in the 6th verse says "And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me do?" God sent a gentlemen named Ananias to pray with Saul. 

God can use extreme measures to get our attention and persuade us to convert to a life of holiness built on Jesus Christ. We need to obey his call and allow our lives to become a holy vessel ready for the God’s use.

Join us next week as "Are we saved at Repentance?" is discussed.

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