Have you been truly converted? The word “convert” means to change or to turn. There are three things involved in the process of one’s turning from sin to God.
You must have a change of heart. The heart or mind can only be changed by faith. Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). People’s hearts are purified “by faith” (Acts 15:9). When one learns from the scripture about the love God has toward us, and the sacrifice Jesus made for us, we are moved to repentance. “Repentance” and “conversion” are terms that go hand in hand.
When one changes their heart toward God and Christ, they will have a change of Life. A changed heart will lead to a changed life. Repentance is defined as “a change of mind that leads to a change of life.” As a result of faith produced by the word of God, man is led to repentance. This reformation in behavior is very visible as the person turns from sin to obedience, from wickedness to righteousness.
When obedience is completed there is a change of relationship. In this world there are two classes of accountable people: the wicked and the righteous. No one can be translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God without a change of heart and a change of life. However, one must have remission of sins to make a conversion complete. When one’s sins are forgiven, he enters a state or relationship with God. Baptism is specifically for”. . the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Also the Bible says people are baptized “into Christ” (Gal. 3:26-27). Therefore, the converted are buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in “newness of life” (Rom. 6:3-5).
Faith changes the heart, repentance changes the life, and baptism changes the relationship to God. One’s sins are not forgiven merely because we believe that Jesus is the Savior or because we stop committing sin. Sins are forgiven by God when we complete our conversion in baptism. Have you been converted? Truly converted? Fully converted, according to God’s scriptural plan of salvation? If not, why not? Today is the day of salvation! (2 Cor 6:2)