Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Being Right on Conversion
Continuing on in my comments based upon Dr. elmer Towns book, today let us consider conversion.
"Unlike all other religions of the world and modern Universalists, Jesus boldly proclaimed that He was the exclusive way to God. The heart of Christianity is personal forgiveness of sins because Christ died, was buried and on the third day rose from the dead to give transformed life to those who believe in Him. Churches that get salvation right give people a wonderful basis for life on this earth and a hope for life beyond the grave."*
What is conversion? It is simply turning from sin (repentance) and turning to Jesus Christ in faith for our salvation. This involves three aspects of our being - the mind, emotions, and will.
First, is the mind. we must know that we are a sinner before God (Romans 3:23), that we are facing eternal punishment for this state of being (Romans 6:23), and that Christ took this punishment for us (Romans 5:8). This isn't enough though. We can't learn or think our way into heaven.
The second aspect is our emotions. we must be sorry for our sins (2 Corinthians 7:10). This is more than being sorry we got caught, it is a genuine remorse and repenting of our sin against God.
The third aspect, is our will. Repentance is an act of our will where we strongly choose to quit sinning. So, we must have knowledge of our condition and the punishment, our emotions must be effected to turn to God, and our will must make the choice for God.
Today, pause for a moment and consider - has there been a time in your life where you knew you were a sinner before a Holy and Just God? Did this knowledge effect your emotions to bring about truth sorrow for the fact of sin in your life? Did you make a commitment to God to renounce sin and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior?
If not, why not do that right now. Accept the free gift of Jesus as your Savior. Choose Christ.
* Towns, Elmer L. (2009) What's Right with the Church: A manifesto of Hope. Regal/Ventura CA. P. 42.