The act of salvation is an instant transaction in time that gives birth to a living spirit in Christ. Conversion is a process that is done over a life time. The soul may be saved and yet the mind has not been renewed, trained or converted to the things of God and His way of living and thinking. This is why we see some people who say they are saved, and very well maybe, and yet they live their lives the same way as the world, without anyadherence or loyalty to God, His kingdom ways and principles.
Salvation is a regeneration, an act, a fact that transpires in a moment in time like the birth of a child. Once the child is born the process of learning and training of life begins. A new born baby is a person, yet the mind and body is under developed and need to be feed, taught and trained to live a responsible and productive life. We are all born into this fallen world system and have been taught according to a system that was established with the fall of mankind, when Satan became the prince of this fallen world. Salvation is a gift from God given instantly to those who by faith receive Christ as their Savior. It is being born spiritually as infant in a childlike state, unlearned and untaught regarding the things of God and His kingdom on earth. We are to feed on the sincere milk of the word that we may grow.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: KJV
Conversion is to change from one thought or belief; to turn around completely; to alter the nature of or to change from one form of functioning and thinking to another. Therefore conversion, for a true follower of Christ, continues to be a lifelong process of renewing the way we think and transforms our minds from the fallen ways that we were taught. We have been schooled and educated in this life to the fallen waysand now our minds need to know and be taught how to operate in God’s kingdom principles and ways. Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Him. Jesus came and brought a new way of living and thinking to those who are born into the kingdom of God on earth.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” NKJV
Conversion alters one’s heredity and changes their nature, their ideology, their family ties and their social and economical positions. To be born of God is to have a change in your bloodline, old things are passed away and all things become new. True followers of Christ are no longer led by theirfallen human nature and character that is rooted in the old way of thinking and in the lies they were taught that cultivates division, hatred, conceit and self-importance. They are converted through the knowledge of Christ which alters the mainspring of a person’s heart and soul which, will not only change their actions but their motives also. They will no longer ruled by their natural affirmations but to being led by the spiritual and supernatural nature of God. They will begin to desire to know their God, His principle, His kingdom ways and to do the will of the Father.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, (that) I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. KJV
Acts17:30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent. NKJV
Many people will judge life and say it is not fair that some people are born rich while others are born in poverty. Saying that God is unjust in allowing such situations to be but it was not God that created this disparity and disunity, it was mankind fall to the wiles and ways of Satan. Though mankind made the choice to obey Satan, God did not leave us in that fallen state without hope. God has provided a level playing field for everyone and has given every person another chance to choose a new life, a new way of living and not only regarding how they will live life in this world but in the world to come for eternity.
God has given this life as a prelude to eternity. With this life every person by their choices, their will and their actions will choose their place in eternal. In this natural life we are born into a family, race, nation and culture with no say in regrading where, how or to whom we are born. However, in the spiritual realm we have a choice and the ability to choose to be in the family of God, a disciple of Christ and to teach all nation to observe the true commands of Christ.
In this world God tells us to choose life or death, blessing or cursing. God tells us to store up treasures in heaven where natural disasters cannot destroy our wealth. He also tells us if we want to be masters in eternity, then we should be a servant now and if we want to be first, we should choose to be last in this natural, temporal life we now live. This life is an introduction and a preparation for the choice that we will make for our destiny and standing in eternity.
Matthew 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them, if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. KJV
Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first and the first last. For many are called, but only a few chosen. NKJV
Jesus told us to take His yoke upon us and learn of Him. We are told to repent (change the way we think) and thereby also change the way we liveand what we do. In this fallen world humanity lost sight of its purpose and has been trained with a lie as to why we exist. Fallen mankind is self-seeking, self-serving and it is all they know as they follow the prince of this world, Satan who is full of pride and hatred against God and those created in His image.
When we learn better, we do better. People are destroyed by the lack of knowledge of God’s truth and His kingdom principles. God’s word says some people may be saved as one who has gone through a fire, because the work they did was self-serving and not the will of the Father.
We are not do good things to be saved, Christ saved us, we do good works because we are saved and want to live a life that glorifies God, walk according to His kingdom principles and draw men unto Christ. If peoplelive according to this natural world’s system the work that is done in the natural may be burn, even though they themselves may be considered saved. Like a person who has been saved from burning flames, though they still have life their bodies may have been marred by the fire. So, will those who are believers but do not transform their minds or convert their actions to invest in the spiritual kingdom of God they too may suffer lossor be marred.
1 Corinthians 3:15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved: yet as through fire.