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Bible Study Eleven: Evidence of Justification and Conversion

Would Jesus have died for you alone? The answer is, “Yes!” If this is true, then the Bible was written for you as much as for anyone else. Every verse, every story, every promise, every psalm just for you. This would make the Word of God like a letter sent from heaven and addressed to you personally.

So how should I study this personal letter from God? I should take it one precious verse at a time and think about what God has in that verse for me. I should dwell upon it until I know that I have received it as loving words from my heavenly Father to be written upon my heart.

1. What does God’s heavenly Word ask me to do? Matthew 7:12

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12

Now I must ask myself, “Do I think about others as I would want them to think about me? Do I treat others as I would want to be treated? If not, then I am a mere reader of the Scriptures, and not a doer of the Word. Would you agree?

Just think for a moment how important Matthew 7:12 truly is. If I just had that one verse written upon my heart and carried out into my life, it would be absolutely revolutionizing.

So we take this verse and begin ask ourselves, “What would I want others to do for me? How would I want others to treat me and look at me?” After contemplating the serious of this verse, we can then transfer those thoughts into a life changing action plan to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

2. What else does the Bible say about living the new life in Christ? Ephesians 5:25

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it.” Eph 5:25

Do I love my wife as Christ loves the church? If I did, how would that affect my Christian life? It would be revolutionizing. Imagine the witness the church could have to the world if every professed Christian husband loved his wife as much as Jesus loves each one of us.

How about you wives? Do you love your husband as much as Jesus loves the church? Do our words, thoughts, and deeds give evidence that we are fulfilling this verse in our Christian experience? Or are we mere readers of the Word, and not doers?

3. What else does the Bible say about the way we should live? Matthew 5:44

“But I say unto you, ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44

Of course, Jesus would not tell us to love our enemies if it we not possible by His grace. In addition, it is clear that we cannot go on hating people. As John wrote, “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.” 1 John 2:9

Since God loves everyone and Jesus died for all, we need to surrender our hate to Jesus, and receive His love for our enemies. Only in this way can we love our enemies and prayer for them for do us harm.

For our spiritual growth plan, we should serious take ten verses from the Bible and choose to live by them. You may want to choose the ones we just covered. But let us be serious about our Christian walk and allow God’s Word to be written in our heart. Let us be doers of God’s Word and not mere hearers.

4. What can we expect to find in God’s Word? John 6:63

Jesus said, “. . . the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

God has revealed to us in His Word what “life” is all about. We are educated on the principles of living a holy life; we are told to resist evil; we are instructed how to overcome evil; we are shown the plan of salvation and the clear path to heaven. In a nutshell, the Bible is about how God will save us from our sinful condition and how we can be converted and empowered everyday to live a life pleasing to God.

We know that being a follower of Christ is more than adhering to a creed. It is more than doctrine and a set of rules. Conversion is about being a follower of Jesus Christ. It is all about the life of Christ and how His life can be our life. Christianity is about a changed life, a life dedicated to God. It is more than knowing what is good, it is doing that which is good. Such a life does not just happen by chance. It is not manufactured by the unaided will of man. The work of transforming a sinner into a saint is copartnership and cooperation with God and His divine agencies. The Christian life is not simply an improvement of the old life, but a new life in Christ. It is death to the old man, with all its erroneous thoughts and theories. This now leads us to the main focus of our study. I want us to look at the different signs of regeneration or conversion.

5. How can I know that I am being converted by the Word? Romans 5:1

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1.

When we are born again, there is a sense of freedom or peace in the soul. This peace comes from above; it is a heavenly peace. As such, this heavenly peace will subdue envy, and the various kinds of enmity. Gladness replaces misery. Love replaces hate. We are now a partaker of heaven’s peace, which not only brings peace to our weary hearts, but it will be a blessing to those all around.

6. Will I have love in my heart if I am truly converted? 1 John 3:4

“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” 1 John 3:14

Notice how John is inspired to write this verse. He says that we will know that we have passed from death unto life because we now have love for one another. If we did not experience this love, we know that we have not allowed the Word to have its full effect upon our life. And the reason why we know that we are converted it is because by nature we cannot love as Christ loves us. This love for one another comes from above. We cannot originate it. We must receive it.

7. How will I now relate to the things of this world? John 17:14

“I have given them Thy Word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:14

When we are truly converted, there will be a turning of mind and heart from the world. We no longer want to be controlled by the thoughts, opinions, and influences of the world. We want to drink in the heavenly influences of Christ. We want His thoughts, His principles, and His life.

8. Will I begin to experience victory over sin?

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

By receiving the Holy Spirit at conversion (Acts 2:38), we begin to live a life were victory replaces defeat. We now know that we do not need to be slaves of unrighteousness. Rather, we can be servants of righteousness. See Romans 6-8.

9. Will my prayer time and communion time with God improve? Psalm 42:1, 2

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God.” Psalm 42:1, 2

With the new heart, there is the growing desire for prayer and communion with God. How would I know if this desire for communion with God is truly in my heart? Who has your highest thoughts? Is it Jesus? If Jesus is first, most, and best, then He is the one you desire most.

However, if you are more interested in sports, movies, and various others kinds of entertainment, then Jesus is not first. As such, you will not like be spending much time in prayer and communion with God.

10. Will I spend more time in God’s Word? Jeremiah 15:16

“Thy Words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

In the converted heart, there is a turning to the Word of God. There is the desire to know the Words of God.

11. Will I be more conscious of sin? Hebrews 10:22

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

There will be in the renewed heart a growing sensitivity to sin. The conscience will be quickened, and we will better able discern between good and evil.

12. Will I be more incline to obey God’s commands? Psalm 40:8

“I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart.” Psalm 40:8

Obedience to God is not drudgery. It is our delight to please God. It is our highest joy to depend upon God for strength to do the very things His asks. Obedience is our way of drawing closer to God.

13. Will I more likely share Jesus with others? Psalm 51:12, 13

“Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.” Psalm 51:12, 13

As soon as a person is converted to the truth as it is in Jesus, there springs up in his heart a desire to share Jesus with others.

In closing, we know that to be born again is to be born of the Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit is to recreate us into the altogether beautiful image of Jesus. The Bible speaks about a new heart, a renewed mind, a new life. With this new life there will be new purposes, new motive, there is be a changed life.