True And False Conversion, Part 5of5, Evans Olang

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Matthew 13:23, “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

It is amazing that the seed that fell on good soil is evidenced by truly hearing and understanding God’s word. Not that those who come to know the Lord know everything, no, they come having been convinced of their current state, they have taken sides with God against themselves (conviction) and they see their need for a Savior so they come in repentance.

They understand that there is nothing they can do to be saved. To the cross, they bring nothing only to embrace the finished work of Christ on the cross by faith. Ephesians 2:8-9, “8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you cannot take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” NLT version.

God opened Lydia’s heart in Acts 16:14 to truly hear and understand God’s word when Paul witnessed to her. Because of Cornelius humble heart, God sent Peter to give him the good news in Acts 10. God sent Philip in the desert towards Gaza to meet an Ethiopian eunuch whose heart was opened to truly hear and understand God’s word. Acts 8:30-31, ”30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him”. In these three examples, God was already working in the hearts of Lydia, Cornelius and the Ethiopian eunuch and could have just saved them, but God has chosen that through the preaching of the gospel will He save those who are humble. Jesus in John 3 explained the gospel to Nicodemus that he would truly hear and understand God’s plan for salvation. In John 4, Jesus talks with the woman at the well who was ignorant of the righteousness of God and there again He spoke to her that she would truly hear and understand God’s word.

“But he that received seed into the good ground,…. The hearer compared to good ground into which the seed fell, is he that heareth the word and understandeth it; has a new and spiritual understanding given him, feels the power of it on his heart, enlightening and quickening him; has an application of it made to him by the Spirit of God, and can discern the worth and excellency of it, and distinguish it from all others; and, as Mark says, “receives it”; as the word of God in faith, and with the love of it, and with all readiness and meekness; and, as Luke observes, “keeps it”; holds it fast against all opposition with great struggling; will not part with it at any rate, nor depart from it in the least, nor entertain any doubt about it; but abides by it, stands fast in it, and is valiant for it: and this he does in and with “an honest and good heart”; which no man naturally has; nor can any man make his heart so: this is the work of God, and is owing to his efficacious grace. This is an heart of flesh, a new and right heart, and spirit; an heart to fear God, to love him, and to trust in him; in which Christ dwells by faith; in which the Spirit of God has his temple; and in which every grace is implanted: and such an one, as he hears with a strict, and an honest intention, and in the exercise of grace; so he holds fast the word he hears, understands and receives, with all faithfulness and honesty”, John Gill

We therefore must present the gospel clearly to eagerly waiting hearts that they too may truly hear and understand God’s word and be converted. For true conversion to take place, the Holy Spirit must Convince, Convict, Convert and Contain, which is the true gospel. Blessings Ev

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