When does a conversion take place? And can I be saved and not be converted?
This is a topic that you and I may discover that there are many opinions…
But as you know that all opinions are not rooted and grounded in the soil of truth.
So, before we go on let us first get an understanding of what it is to be converted.
What is Biblical Conversion?
There is one conversation in the Bible that comes to the forefront of my mind when I think about being converted.
We find this passage of scripture in The Gospel According to Luke 22:32.
The words of Jesus… King James Version.
“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
The biblical definition of converted in this passage means. To revert (literally, figuratively, morally). To come back, come again.
Could this be the same thing that the Apostle Paul is instructing us to do?
Before I can answer that I want us to have a clear picture of what it looks like to be truly converted?
So, does conversion only supposed to be dictated by our outward appearance?
No… I don’t believe that’s all to it.
Although I am a strong believer that if God is doing something on the inside it should show up on the outside.
Does conversion begin in the Heart… or Head?
The Apostle Paul admonishes the Church at Rome to renew their minds in the things of God.
The verses that follow Romans 12:1-2 shows us what it looks like to flesh out Pauls instructions to the believer.
The topic of conversion is not a topic that can be summed up in a few words.
We still need to address whether or not if one can be saved and not be converted?
But, there’s also another question that needs to be addressed.
Is Conversion Instantaneous or Gradually Worked in Us?
I honestly believe the answer to that question is yes.
Yes, I believe it can happen to the believer instantly and gradually.
Here’s is my argument concerning this…
In Philippians 2:12 we find these words. …work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
So, it stands to reason that conversion is something that has to work out or better yet… worked in us.
Looking back on what Jesus told Peter… The Lord does the same for us. He prays for us even now.
He also knows everything about us.
So, it no surprise to Him when we go left when He says go right,
And just as he knew that Peter would deny him three times he knew that you and I would do the same.
But he still loves us and he has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
God does not change his mind.
The word of God clearly tells us that the gifts of God are without repentance.
BTW that’s one of the greatest promises that we can find in the Bible.
The verse simply promises us that God does not change his mind about our salvation.
Once saved always saved. Period.
Salvation is A Gift
Salvation is a gift from God to everyone that has been given the measure of grace to receive it.
And I do believe that a person can be saved and not fully converted.
Just as the scriptures teach us that we are saved and are being saved… the is with our conversion.
Why do I say that?
I’m glad you asked… Here’s why.
When we get saved we are still ignorant about the things of God.
That’s why we receive the command to renew our minds and be transformed by the word of God.
This means that we are to forget about what we think we know about life and learn to view life from God’s viewpoint.
This takes time because a lot of us come into the faith with a lot of junk — to put it mildly.
Where your life ends conversion begins.
The Lord told us that if we save our life we would lose it.
But he also said… that if we lose our life that we would find it.
I believe this has a lot to do with our conversion and deliverance as believers.
Contrary to what some folks would have us to believe…
Although our salvation, conversion and our deliverance are in an instant. We still have to learn to walk in them.
Christianity is a lifestyle of newly learned behavior and not a list of rules and regulations that we must follow.
Learning is Converting
If we don’t know about the things of God, how can we walk in them
The answer is we can’t.
In my research, for this article, I discovered that there are 21 Bible verses about learning.
That’s odd because some experts say that it takes 21 days to form new habits.
So, as I mentioned before, Christianity is a lifestyle that is learned… It’s not something that comes to us naturally either.
You see when you first get saved you are described as babes in Christ. That means just like babes in the natural world have to be taught…
So do we in the supernatural things of God.
The passage of scripture that comes to my mind is this…
Study to show yourself approved of God a workman that needs not to be ashamed. But rightly dividing the word of truth.
With that said I will bring this to a close for now.
But before I do I want to challenge you to take up the mantle for the next 21 days and form a new habit.
Replace one habit with another.
This something that I have discovered to be so profound and something that you may want to consider as well.
Here it is…
When you want to stop bad habits, you need to replace them with good ones.
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?
More on that in another article sometime later. But for now…
But for now, let’s start with the book of Proverbs and the great way to read and study them.
You see there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs which you can study or read one chapter for each day of the month.
That’s a general idea anyway…
So I always like to read the one that corresponds to what calendar date it is.
For example, if it’s the 1st day of the month I would read Proverbs 1 day 2 Proverbs 2 and so on.
You get the point right?
Try doing that for the next 21 days and see how it will transform your thoughts.
And so conversion begins.