Through the ages, many have preached on conversion. Far too many people have listened to the various and differing doctrines of men relative to this subject. Too few have been sufficiently concerned to see what God has said on the matter.
Speaking through His Son, He said, “Except you be converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3). In Matt. 7:21, He said, “Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” In Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, He said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Notice in connection with these instructions, the statements in Acts 2:47, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” The church, according to Jesus’ statement in Matt. 16:18-19, is the kingdom of heaven. Have you detected in these that each of them is equal to the same thing: entrance into the kingdom, the church?
Man’s need for conversion, salvation, can be seen from these facts: all have sinned (Rom. 3:23); sin separates man from God (Isa. 59:1, 2); the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). However, God has made provision for man to be delivered from such and to be translated into His kingdom. (Read: John 3:16 ff; Rom. 5:8; Luke 19:10; Matt. 20:28; Heb. 2:9; Col. 1:13 and Phil. 2:7- 8.)
In the Great Commission given by Jesus following His triumphant resurrection from the dead, He instructed His apostles to “teach all nations, baptizing them” (Matt. 28:18-20); to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15); and “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name in all nations” (Luke 24:47). Thus, He would have the taught to believe the truth and confess such, repent of sins, and be baptized in His name for remission of sins (Rom 10:10 f; Acts 2:38).
To even further simplify the means by which man is saved from sin and to make it easy to be understood, God has included various examples of conversion in the book of Acts. In each case, the gospel was preached, each heard and understood this message, believed and confessed Jesus to be the Christ, they repented and were baptized in the name of Christ for remission of sins (Acts 2:22-47; 8:1-13; 8:26-40; 9:1-18; 10:1-48; 16:14-15; 16:25-34; 18:1-8 and 19:1-6). Then, compare these with each other, and measure your conversion by that which these people did. Having done so, you can know whether or not you have been truly converted to Christ. If you have not met these same conditions of faith as they were required to meet, you have not been saved.
For God to save you, you must meet His conditions, not your conditions! Your soul is too valuable to risk being deceived in this life, and going to judgment unprepared to meet the Lord. So, be certain by searching the inspired Scriptures, and doing what they teach, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else! Then you will become what the inspired word of God instructs, simply a Christian! All you must do after this is to worship God in spirit and in truth, endure persecution for the cause of Christ, and remain faithful unto death Jn 4:23,24 ff; 2 Tim 3:12; Jam 1:12). Then and only then shall you be numbered among the saved!