What About Our Conversion?

We travel life’s way but once, thus it is imperative that we prepare for the time when we shall change worlds (1 Corinthians 15:42-53). A mistake relative to the security of our soul is too costly. Hence, we ask, “Was our conversion according to the Scriptures?” How may one know? It is not enough to be told, “Accept Jesus as your personal Savior.” This statement is too vague.

How do we give ourselves to Jesus? There is a way we can be certain we have been saved. The purpose of the book of Acts is to set out a number of conversions which occurred in the first century under God-directed preachers, as models and examples for our imitation in the twenty-first century. With these thoughts in mind, here is a chart showing (by Scripture), how men and women rendered obedience to the Lord.

If we have met the conditions of salvation as outlined in the book of Acts, and illustrated in the above chart, our conversion is genuine; if not, regardless of our sincerity, we have not been saved according to the inspired teaching of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Additionally, we are also taught that we must live a faithful Christian life (even in the face of death), if we are to finally be taken to heaven (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 21:1-27; Revelation 22:1-5).

The Christian life is the best life one can experience while here on earth. Only “in Christ” can all spiritual blessings be found (Ephesians 1:3). One can only get “in Christ” by being “baptized into Christ” (Gal. 3:27) and “into his death,” where He shed His blood (Romans 6:3; John 19:33-34), thus becoming a “new creature” (creation) “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17; Gal. 6:15 ESV).

As members of the Lord’s saved body, the church (Ephesians 5:30; Ephesians 5:23), we urge you to make your decision “now” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Become a New Testament Christian as evidenced in the chart provided, live a faithful Christian life (Revelation 2:10), die a Christian’s death (Revelation 14:12-13), and finally go home to a Christian’s “incorruptible inheritance” (1 Peter 1:4).

Beloved, if after studying the above Scriptures in your Bible, you come to the conclusion that you are yet in your sins, members of the churches of Christ (see here) stand ready to assist you in rendering obedience to the Lord’s plan of salvation as indicated in the chart provided at the beginning of this article.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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