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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 6627 conversion, nature of
6627 conversion, nature of

6627 conversion, nature of

True repentance results in a turning from sin and an inner renewal which can only be brought about by God, who draws people to himself and who, through Jesus Christ, gives forgiveness and new life.

Conversion as turning to God

Turning back to God Dt 4:30-31; Lk 1:16-17 See also Dt 30:2-3,10; Lk 22:32; Jas 5:19-20

Turning from idolatry Ac 14:15 See also 1Sa 7:3; Jer 3:12-13; Jer 4:1-2; 1Th 1:9-10

Turning from sinful ways 2Ki 17:13-14; Isa 55:6-7 See also 2Ki 13:11; 2Ki 14:24; 2Ki 15:9; Jer 18:11; Jer 25:5; Eze 18:23; Da 9:13

Conversion as a turning away from unbelief to faith

It is linked to repentance Ac 3:19 See also Eze 14:6; Eze 18:30; Ac 26:20

It is linked to coming to faith Ac 11:21

Conversion brings new life

It results in a transformed life 2Co 5:17 See also Ro 12:2; 2Co 3:18; Gal 6:14-15

It is symbolised in baptism Ro 6:3-4 See also Col 2:12; Col 3:1-3

It demands a new lifestyle Hos 12:6; Mt 18:3-4 See also Gal 5:22-24; Eph 4:1; Eph 5:8-11; 1Pe 2:11-12

Conversion brings a new relationship with God

It brings a new status Gal 4:7 See also Gal 3:26-29; 1Jn 3:1; 1Pe 2:9-10

It brings a new understanding 2Co 3:15-16 See also Jer 31:34; Heb 8:11

Conversion is a work of God

God turns people to himself Jer 24:7; La 5:21 See also 1Ki 8:58; Jer 31:18; Eze 36:26-27; Jn 6:44; Jn 15:16; Eph 2:12-13

God gives new birth Jas 1:17-18 See also Jn 3:3-6; Tit 3:4-5; 1Pe 1:23

See also

1055God, grace & mercy
3230Holy Spirit & regeneration
5016heart, fallen & redeemed
6740returning to God
7907baptism, practice
8135knowing God

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