Jesse M. Hendley
Conversion is that voluntary change in the mind of the unsaved in which he TURNS, on the one hand, FROM SIN; and on the other hand, TO CHRIST.
1. Turning FROM SIN is REPENTANCE. Negative.
2. Turning TO CHRIST is FAITH. Positive.
This turning, from sin to Christ, is man's part and the NEW BIRTH, the NEW LIFE, is God's part.
REPENTANCE is simply man's TURNING. God's Word speaks of this voluntary activity of the human soul. He speaks of this change.
GOD TURNS MEN TO HIMSELF: Psalm 85:4, ''Turn us, O God of our salvation.'' Jeremiah 31:18, ''Turn Thou me and I shall be turned.'' And Lamentations 5:21, ''Turn Thou us unto Thee, O Jehovah, and we shall be turned.''
BUT MEN ARE EXHORTED TO TURN THEMSELVES:
Proverbs 1:23, ''Turn ye at My reproof; behold, I will pour out My Spirit upon YOU.'' Isaiah 31:6, ''Turn ye unto Him from Whom ye have deeply revolted.'' Ezekiel 14:6, ''Repent ye, and turn yourselves from idols.'' Ezekiel 33:11, ''If the wicked does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity.'' Ezekiel 33:11, ''I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will ye die.'' Joel 2:12, ''Therefore saith the Lord, Turn ye unto Me with all your heart . . . rend your hearts . . , turn unto the Lord your God.'' These two phases are clearly seen in two references in the Book of Acts: In 3:26 we see God's part ''in turning away every one of you from your iniquities:'' And in 11 :21 we see man's part, ''a great number that believed turned unto the Lord.''
1. God is the Giver of a new heart and spirit. In Psalm 51:10 we read, ''Create in me a clean heart, O God.'' Ezekiel 11:19, ''I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you.'' Ezekiel 36:26, ''A new heart will I give you and a new spirit''
2. Yet men are commanded to make for themselves a new heart and a new spirit. Ezekiel 18:31, ''Ca ...
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