Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

Consequences of Conversion (2)

We are continuing our study of the consequences of conversion from Colossians 3:1-4. Previously we showed that biblical conversion requires serving a new Master, having a new mindset and new motivation. Being converted requires doctrinal changes so that we are completely in line with the scope of the Bible. It requires us to leave Old Testament shadows and accept New Testament teaching. Thus we must leave behind all extra-biblical teachings of men.
Conversion also requires moral changes. This is especially true in our sexual ethics or practices. “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them” (Col. 3:5-7). The world we live in appears to completely disregard the teaching of sexual ethics. They live as they wish, openly in sinful conduct, open fornication, and completely ignore the instruction of the one who will call us into account at the judgment (John 12:48). Modesty and morality seem like ancient words to many in our world.
When we are truly and correctly converted to Christ, we will even change our monetary ethics. We will look at material things a lot differently. The last part of verse 5 mentions “covetousness, which is idolatry.” We live in a prosperous world. But the Christian, instead of trying to hoard up riches, considers his ability to help those in need (Eph. 4:28; Gal. 6:10). We do this because we know that our Lord taught, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Another important consideration is that Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Being converted requires changes in our heart and speech. “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds” (Col. 3:8-9). Again, the speech of our people on television, in public, and almost everywhere else is many times nasty, filled with expletives, cursing God and man, etc. In the words of James on the subject of the misuse of the tongue, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 4:10). Paul taught the same thing also in Ephesians 4:22-32. It is simply required that one “put off the old man of sin, and put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” And Jesus had earlier taught the importance of our hearts being right (Matt. 12:34).
Have you been genuinely converted by truth and to truth? If not, you need to do it now, because you are still not right with God.

Paul M. Wilmoth