What Is True Conversion?
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 NKJV
God’s Word, i.e., the Scriptures and the Gospel are perfectly true, and it is the truth that have the power to effectively change the soulish realm of man; it makes a man who was once foolish or seducible wise in their decision-making in life. The wisest decision one can ever make to accept the salvation of Jesus Christ.
Salvation is not the new birth and the new birth is more than salvation. Salvation is progressive but the new birth springs forth like a light in darkness. However, the path that leads to the new birth is conversion. Conversion means to revert back to or turn back to the Lord; it further means to change to something different; to turn about or around; and moreover, it involves a turning from and a turning to (ex. Luke 22:31-32).
Salvation is a decision (John 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10). Many believers, as a result of this decision, are saved but unchanged. They fail to live unto righteousness (1 Peter 2:24), and to allow the engrafted Word to produce a positive change in their life circumstance (Jas. 1:21-22).
So, what is true conversion? It is an experience that involves repentance and a change, i.e., turning from and turning to (Acts 3:19-20)—an experience when you repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ as both your Savior and Lord. It is a turning point from the dominion of Satan unto the lordship of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:14); it is a marked change where you turn and become as little children in humility and meekness, as far as your attitude (Matthew 18:3); and, it is not proclaiming your own goodness or self-righteousness (Prov. 20:6), but rather proclaiming the Lord death, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 11:26). This is true conversion!