by Al Martin
“First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also–I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26:20
Conversion begins with a radical turning to God in repentance that issues in a lifetime of living out the implications of that turning, by performing deeds in keeping with that repentance.
“They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
This describes the conversion of the Thessalonians as consisting in a radical turning to God from idols, issuing in a life of bond-service to the living God, and an eager waiting for the completion of salvation to be bestowed at the return of Jesus.
If any professed conversion is indeed God’s saving work, it always issues in the following: a life of growing communion with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9; Philippians 3:8-10); a life of increasing conformity to Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18); a life of continuous abiding in Christ (John 15:1-11); and a life of principled obedience to Christ (John 14:21, 1 John 2:3-4).
by Al Martin