Have you truly been converted to the gospel and doctrine of Christ? There are many who believe Jesus is the Christ, but they don’t confess such before men. Many confess, but they never repent of their sins. Many repent, but are never baptized into the body of Christ. There are three things involved in the process of one’s turning from sin (conversion) to God.
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). Therefore, the Bible teaches that people’s hearts are purified “by faith” (Acts 15:9). In other words, when one learns from the Scripture about the love God has toward us and the sacrifice of Jesus for us, we are moved to repentance. “Repentance” and “conversion” are terms that go hand in hand. Thus, a change of heart will lead to a change of life.
A Change of Life
Repentance is defined as “a change of mind that leads to a change of life.” Therefore, we see the evolution of conversion. 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 in our relationship with God.
A Change of Relationship
There are two kinds 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. Thus, one must have remission of sins to make conversion complete. When one’s sins are forgiven, he enters a relationship with God. Baptism is”. . for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). 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).
Conclusion: 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 Christ or because we quit committing them. Sins are forgiven “Washed Away” (Acts 22:16) by God when we complete our conversion in baptism. Have you been converted? Truly converted? Fully converted, according to the gospel which was preached to all the world (Mt 28:19,20 ff; Mk 16:15,16; Col 1:23)? A partially converted Christian is no Christian at all (Rev 3:15,16).