Mark 16:15

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

Consequences of Conversion

Conversion means “to change one’s beliefs.” When talking about biblical conversion we are talking about changing one’s thoughts and ways to make them correspond with God and His thoughts and ways (Isa. 55:8-9). The power to convert is found in God’s Word. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
So what are the consequences of conversion? Colossians 3:1-4 is a good place to start. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
When converted we have a new Master. That new Master is Christ, the “One Lord” of Ephesians 4:5. We have a new mindset. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the Earth.” And, we have new motivation: “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Conversion makes a difference. This will require doctrinal changes. It may require putting aside what you have been taught by parents, friends, and beloved teachers. In order to be right in this conversion process, one must put aside all the doctrines of men, and accept only the body of truth “once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). This is the “One Faith” of Ephesians 4:5. This is the reason all believers can be “one as thou art Father in Me, and I in You,” as Jesus prayed in sight of the cross (John 17:20-21). By doing this we can “all speak the same thing and be of the same mind and judgment, and have no divisions among us” as Paul demands in I Corinthians 1:10. There simply is no other way to do that.
Being biblically converted requires leaving Old Testament shadows (Col. 2:16-17). The Old Testament contains types—the New Testament antitypes. The Old Testament had shadows; the New Testament has substance. The Old Testament was “taken out of the way and nailed to the Cross” (Col. 2:14). The New Testament remains as our guide today (John 17:17; 8:32; 12:48). Also study carefully Hebrews 10:9-10.
Being converted means that we will have to leave behind all extra biblical things, such as mysticism (Col. 2:18). Extra biblical means going beyond the scope of the Bible. Circle the word “not” in this passage. We must leave behind “chimney-corner” scriptures; this means conventional religion (Col. 2:20-22). Popular religious teachings are widely received today, but they are from the doctrines of men. For instance, the “sinner’s prayer” is widely taught, believed and accepted, but there is not one word said about it in the Bible. Conversion means all such doctrines of men must be cast aside and require authority from God’s Word for everything we do (Col. 3:17).

Paul M. Wilmoth