Meaning of Conversion
any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new. 2 Cor. 5:17.
The old nature, born of blood and the will of the flesh, cannot inherit the
kingdom of God. The old ways, the hereditary tendencies, the former habits,
must be given up; for grace is not inherited. The new birth consists in having
new motives, new tastes, new tendencies. Those who are begotten unto a new
life by the Holy Spirit, have become partakers of the divine nature, and in
all their habits and practices they will give evidence of their relationship
to Christ. When men who claim to be Christians retain all their natural defects
of character and disposition, in what does their position differ from that
of the worldling? They do not appreciate the truth as a sanctifier, a refiner.
They have not been born again. . . .
conversion changes hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong. The religion
of God is a firm fabric, composed of innumerable threads, and woven together
with tact and skill. Only the wisdom which comes from God can make this fabric
complete. There are a great many kinds of cloth which at first have a fine
appearance, but they cannot endure the test. They wash out. The colors are
not fast. Under the heat of summer they fade away and are lost. The cloth
cannot endure rough handling.
So it is
with the religion of many. When the warp and woof of character will not stand
the test of trial, the material of which it is composed is worthless. The
efforts made to patch the old with a new piece do not better the condition
of things; for the old, flimsy material breaks away from the new, leaving
the rent much larger than before. Patching will not do. The only way is to
discard the old garment altogether, and procure one entirely new.
plan is the only safe one. He declares, "Behold, I make all things new."
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature." . . . The patchwork
religion is not of the least value with God. He requires the whole heart.
His life . . . for us, and shall we not give Him our best affections, our
holiest aspirations, our fullest service?
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