To few Christians are converted. Many have given mental assent to doctrinal truths about God but are not allowing for the conversion of their mind, emotions, will and behavior, choosing rather to live in the delusion of humanistic independent thinking of being in control. A Christian being converted, walks by faith, allowing the "spiritual exchange" that they have received in Christ, to convert them from the dominion of Satan to God" (Acts 26:18).
In regeneration there is an initial spiritual exchange of identity, nature, spiritual condition from death to life, from Satan to Christ, however, conversion is to be an ongoing behavioral reality in the Christian (sanctification). A "converted one" allows his mind to be changed (by God) and rejects the world's ways, in order to receive the way of Christ (new direction).
Repentance is a change of mind and change of direction, which a Christian derives from God's grace activity. As we participate with the indwelling presence of Jesus Christ allowing him to function in and through us, we are converted. "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2 ).
Tuesday, April 4, 2017