When you ask for forgiveness of sins you experience "conversion." Conversion means "to turn." When it is used in connection with Biblical...CONVERSION
When you ask for forgiveness of sins you experience "conversion." Conversion means "to turn." When it is used in connection with Biblical repentance, it means to "turn from the wrong way to the right way." You leave the Kingdom of Satan and join the Kingdom of God. And many of the children of Israel shall He turn to the Lord their God. (Luke 1:16) And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw Him, and turned to the Lord. (Acts 9:35) And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. (Acts 11:21)
Conversion is turning from the darkness of sin to the light of God's righteousness:
...to turn them from darkness to light. (Acts 26:18)
It is turning from the power of Satan to God:
...to turn them...from the power of Satan unto God. (Acts 26:18)
It is turning from worldly things to spiritual things:
...Ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. (Acts 14:15)
It is turning from false gods to the true and living God:
...Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
(I Thessalonians 1:9)
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERSION:
Conversion must accompany repentance. You must turn from the wrong to the right because...It Is Necessary To Enter The Kingdom Of God:
Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye
shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
It Saves From Spiritual Death:
He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from
death and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)
It Is Necessary For The Blotting Out Of Sin:
Your sin is written in the records of God until you repent and are converted, then your sins are blotted out:
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out... (Acts 3:19)
THE PRODIGAL SON
Repentance and conversion are best illustrated by a story Jesus told about the prodigal son. Read the story in Luke 15:11-24. This young man left his father and home, went to a distant land, and through sin wasted all he owned. Eventually this young man realized his condition. He was hungry, lonely, in rags, and tending pigs for a job. Then he made an important decision. He said, "I will arise and go to my father." This inward decision resulted in a change in his outward actions.
He went home to his father to seek forgiveness.
REPENTANCE...THE CHANGE OF MIND:
Read Luke 15:17-19. The young man realized his sinful condition. He made a decision to go to his father and repent of his sin. This is an example of repentance, an inward decision which results in outward action.
CONVERSION...ACTING ON THE DECISION:
Luke 15:20 records how the young man arose and left the old life and went to his father to start a new life. This is conversion.
Man is like the prodigal son. In his sinful condition he turned his back on God his Father and Heaven his home. Each step he takes is a step away from God and one step nearer the spiritual death of eternal separation from God. There is a major decision he must make. He must "come to himself" and recognize his spiritual condition. He must make a decision which will result in a
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