Tag: Conversion

Conversion

Grace Gems Whiteby 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

Keep your hearts from idols

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their heart!” Ezekiel 14:3

“Their hearts were devoted to their idols!” Ezekiel 20:16

Whatever a man depends upon, whatever rules his mind, whatever governs his affections, whatever is the chief object of his delight–is his god.

Man is such an idolater that, if he cannot idolize anything else–he will idolize himself, and bow down and worship himself!

If you love anything better than God–you are idolaters. If there is anything you would not give up for God–it is your idol. If there is anything that you seek with greater fervor than God–that is your idol.

True conversion is a turning from every idol!

“They tell how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God!” 1 Thessalonians 1:9

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols!” 1 John 5:21

by Charles Spurgeon