143 – Conversion


CONVERSION

  § 143. Conversion 1 in a stricter sense of the term is the work of God 2 by which man is, through the Gospel, transferred 3 from a state of sin and wrath and spiritual death, in which by nature all men are,4 into a state of spiritual life and faith and grace 5 in which alone the sinner can enjoy the benefits of Christ’s redemption.6 — Conversion in a wider sense 7 is the process whereby man, being by the grace and power of God transferred from his carnal state of sin and wrath into a spiritual state of faith and grace, enters upon and, under the continued influence of the Holy Spirit, continues in a state of faith and spiritual life.8

1Conversion…

  I Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

  Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented.

  Acts 26:18 To turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God.

  Acts 26:20 That they should repent and turn to God.


2. …in a stricter sense of the term is the work of God

  Jeremiah 31:18 Turn Thou me, and I shall be turned; for Thou art the Lord my God.

  Colossians 1:12-13 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.

  Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

  John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.

  Colossians 2:12 Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead.


3. …by which man is, through the Gospel, transferred

  Colossians 1:12-13 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.

  Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.


4. …from a state of sin and wrath and spiritual death, in which by nature all men are,

  Romans 3:9, 23 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin. (23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

  Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?

  Psalm 14:3 They are ALL gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

  Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

  Colossians 3:5-6 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.

  I Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

  Galatians 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

  I Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

  Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.

  Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

  Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?


5. …into a state of spiritual life and faith and grace

  Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

  Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

  Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

  Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

  I Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

  I Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

  John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.

  Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh.


6. in which alone the sinner can enjoy the benefits of Christ’s redemption.

  Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

  I Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

  Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.


7. …Conversion in a wider sense

  Jeremiah 31:18–19 Turn Thou me, and I shall be turned; for Thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented.

  Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.


8. …is the process whereby man, being by the grace and power of God transferred from his carnal state of sin and wrath into a spiritual state of faith and grace, enters upon and, under the continued influence of the Holy Spirit, continues in a state of faith and spiritual life.

  Acts 26:20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

  Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.

  Deuteronomy 30:2 And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey His voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

  Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

  Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

  Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

  Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.


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