- God shines the light! 2 Corinthians 4:6says that, just as God spoke light into darkness at creation, so now he has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” How did you come to understand and believe the gospel? God caused light to shine in your heart, creating spiritual understanding where there was none.
- God makes us alive! Ephesians 2:5 says that even when we were “dead in our trespasses” God “made us alive together with Christ.” We weren’t sick, sleeping, or dying. We were dead, and God made us alive. In John 3, Jesus describes this as being born again by the Holy Spirit. In conversion, God gave us new birth, enabling us to repent and believe the gospel.
- God delivers us! Colossians 1:13 says that he delivers us from the domain of darkness and transfers us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. Conversion is like a military rescue in which God breaks us out of our imprisonment to sin and delivers us into his glorious kingdom.
- God grants repentance and faith! From a human perspective, conversion consists in repenting of our sins and believing in Christ. Yet Scripture teaches that both repentance and faith come to us as gifts of God (see Philippians 1:29, Acts 11:18).
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