Being Converted

Connecting the word “being” with “converted,” stresses a very important Truth. We cannot convert ourselves. No other human being can convert us. In fact, it’s not really a conversion as the word is commonly understood. Whatever really is done, God does it! We are “born from Above.” This is the miracle that Jesus spoke of in John 3:3. He told Nicodemus (and us): “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Let’s back up a little. As mentioned in previous articles, God foresaw who would receive Jesus as Savior and Lord; these He chose and called. Those chosen and called have come, are coming, or will come. (Many are called, but only the chosen come). Because we are spiritually dead, we can’t even come without God’s enablement. God’s Gospel Truth is shined into our spiritually dead state. All who will respond are “quickened” being given the means to receive His salvation. At the moment of receiving, God, the Holy Spirit, performs an astonishing miracle! We are “born from Above! We are made alive “Spiritually.” We become children of God! God’s nature is imparted to and implanted in us. The old way of death no longer has us in its grip. The old thoughts, desires, interests and behavior that are contrary to God are giving way to God’s new way. (See II Corinthians 5:17). We are gradually moving away from sinning and are becoming holy. The hymn, “At Calvary,” By William R. Newell gives us a musical overview of this “coming” and being “born from Above.” Reflect: “Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified, knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary. By God’s Word at last my sin I learned; then I trembled at the law I’d spurned, ’till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary. Now I’ve given to Jesus everything, now I gladly own Him as my King, now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary. Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan! Oh, the grace that brought it down to man! Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary! Mercy there was great, and grace was free; pardon there was multiplied to me; there my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.” Selah! The years of “vanity and pride” were in his spiritually dead condition. God’s Word brought light to his dead soul; he was shaken and “imploring turned to Calvary.” At that moment, he was “born from Above,” and was made alive and filled with wonder .       Ron

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1 thought on “Being Converted

  1. o! the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of ‘Elohiym!
    how unsearchable are His judgments; and His ways past finding out!
    i love you, pastor and jan!

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