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Become Fully Converted

Become Fully Converted

©copyright 2006 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

  

Jesus said to Peter, “Simon, Simon; know that Satan desires to have you, so he may devour you like sifted wheat. But, I have prayed for you, that your faith does not fail; and when you are [fully] converted, then strengthen your brethren.” ~~Luke 22:31-32, paraphrased.  I Peter 5:6-9 confirms: Satan desires to have all of us. “Strengthen your brethren” goes hand in hand with those mature in God’s Word and who are teaching the infants in God’s Word, which is covered below. Once Peter was fully converted, His instruction was to teach: to “feed” Christ’s small flocks of sheep.

 

Still, why would Christ say such a thing to Peter about Satan? After all, Peter had walked along side Jesus from day one of His ministry, boldly declaring Him to be the Messiah, the Son of God: his Lord and Saviour. His loyalty seemed strong, unshakable throughout those three and a half years. Yet, reading further into Luke’s chapter 22, we find Jesus warning Peter that he would deny knowing Christ three times following His arrest.

 

This, then, was one manner by which Satan would tempt Peter: if he acknowledged Jesus, he would die with Christ. We might imagine Peter envisioning himself hanging on one of those three crosses right along with Jesus, had he owned up to being one of His followers. Fear is one of Satan’s greatest weapons used against people to turn them away from God and His Truth; fear always is couched in death: fear of dying. To fear death of our flesh, to fear anything and anyone, is a clear sign that we neither know God nor Christ. We might believe in them yet not know them.

 

As the Word says, “I do not give you a spirit of fear, rather I give you a spirit of peace.” Additionally, God said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” He is not speaking about knowledge or wisdom of this world; rather, God speaks of lacking knowledge and wisdom of God and Christ.

 

Satan was attacking Peter throughout Christ’s ministry; as noted in “Is Healing of a Christian’s Body a Given,” which includes a section on Peter. He argued with Jesus, questioned what He was doing, and boasted of giving up everything to follow Him; each behaviour wholly unacceptable to God and Christ.

 

We have no right to question what God does; certainly, we have no right to argue either God’s or Christ’s directives and neither do we have a right to change anything God has commanded; and, we’ve certainly nothing to boast about if we follow Jesus, for we did nothing to earn God’s call to His side. By God’s grace, we were called yet, thereafter, still must be chosen; as Christ indicated when He said, “Many are called, few are chosen.”

 

Later, Peter acted with violence against a guard who was in the act of arresting Jesus. Peter, surely thinking he was being noble and loyal, instantly yanked out his sword and sliced off the man’s ear; which ear Christ immediately restored to the guard while correcting Peter. Jesus taught us to be loving peacemakers, to walk as peaceably among mankind as possible; to love even our enemies, to give good for evil. Cutting off the man’s ear was neither a peaceful nor good action on Peter’s part. It clearly was evil.

 

What this shows us is that Satan also wants to devour us and, despite claiming belief, we start out giving only a little of ourselves to Christ while fearing that, if we give of our whole self, we will suffer in myriad ways; which is true, we will suffer. BUT, this doesn’t mean partial conversion cannot become full conversion, that we cannot come to give of our whole self for Jesus; which conversion must be achieved or we will perish in earth’s end. 

 

We’ve only to understand the growth process, those steps necessary to becoming fully converted, then be willing to take the steps to gain God’s knowledge and wisdom. As instructed, we are to grow into Christ’s righteousness, which means to become as righteous as He was and is. Paul further enlightens in Philippians 2:12, “So, my beloved, since you have always obeyed, not in my presence only but even in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” We must work at becoming righteous; which is exactly why it is crucial to obey God’s Law, for it is the Law of Righteousness.

 

When you are converted” implies that full conversion is not immediate in most cases, though it can be, as it was in Apostle John: in Peter’s case, despite having already served at Christ’s side for three and a half years, his conversion was not completed until after Christ’s ascension; for even during the 40 days following Christ’s resurrection, Peter again questioned Jesus about what He was going to do as He walked away with John.

I Peter 5:10, paraphrased, sheds light on when we become fully converted, “God of all grace has called us to share His eternal glory by Christ Jesus; so that, after you have suffered for a while, you will be made perfect, strongly established in God’s Word, and you become mature; which is to say unshakable.” (see “Grace: Times Seven“) Do not be misled into thinking that suffering stops after becoming fully converted. It does not and will not, until Christ returns. If anything, it becomes worse.

 

Those who speak true for God and Christ always will suffer. This passage tells us that, after we’ve suffered for a while, we will become stronger through it and will find it much easier thereafter to get through Satan’s continued torment. Satan is relentless when it comes to God’s people, especially in these end days; for he is now in a desperate rage, all of which is directed at infant converts, who are the most vulnerable due to a lack of knowledge, and especially God’s Truth speakers because they cannot be moved.

 

From Adversities to Blessings” revealed that God allows adversity in order to measure our level of righteousness and so that we can come to understand there is nothing and no one greater than God; which directly relates to “after you have suffered for a while.” Ephesians 4:15 describes this process as “growing into Christ’s righteousness.”

 

A new “born again” Christian often is referred to scripturally as an “infant, one who drinks milk, not yet ready for solid food.” As any infant must, so a new Christian must learn to sit, to crawl, to speak, and to walk while, ultimately and gradually, solid food will be introduced by God’s mature Christians. Ephesians describes “solid food” as learning “to speak God’s Truth in love.”

 

The “milk” represents a period of learning about God’s and Christ’s love for us; while “solid food” refers to the weightier matters of God’s Word. We cannot hope to speak “Truth in love” until true love is in our hearts and it compels us to obedience; for it is then we understand what is truly LOVE: its depths and breadths and heights. Only godly love within us can speak Truth, no matter what obstacles and persecutions that might and will be thrown in our paths.

 

A mature Christian has no fear of anything man or beast can do to his or her flesh body, does not fear death of the body, does not fear persecution, does not fear Satan’s cruel thorns; does not fear losing a job, does not fear losing material possessions; does not fear anything or anyone except God. Albeit, the mature do experience weariness of the fight, from time to time, but they continue on: for God will provide breaks from earth’s ongoing spiritual battles.

 

A mature Christian rejoices in all things, good or bad, and is bold in speaking God’s Truth to all who will hear and obey; despite persecution and thorns. Alas, too many people have not been taught these things from their favored pulpits; thus, far too many turn away from God when temptations and/or adversities or the cares of this world come upon them, especially adversities.

 

Why turn away? Because these infants have been led to believe their life instantly will be better, happier, more peaceful and, certainly, more monetarily prosperous after accepting Christ. If it is not, they then are told it is because they either do not believe or they have no faith or both or they are not fully following man’s doctrine. Two of the worst lying accusations being flung at new Christians are, “The poor do not have God” and, “You are dead to the Law because God knows you cannot obey it.” What a crock! It was the ordinances that were impossible to maintain.

 

Deep down at their core, these infants fear Satan’s cruelty, especially if they witness a mature, bold disciple suffer thorns as well as persecution from those who appear to be Christian brothers and sisters and even family members. They do not understand they are not subjected to anything unusual to Christ’s sheep, as noted in I Peter 4:12-19 and 5:6-9. Even Jesus was tempted and suffered adversities, as were His Apostles. Christ suffered for us and the Word says we WILL suffer for Him, IF we truly love and obey.

 

Sadly, “don’t rock the boat” is what these infants learn very quickly, while being encouraged to cling to smooth words spewing from their chosen denominational pulpit and to rapidly adhere to “man’s commandments and traditions” instead of God’s; clearly not recognizing that their approval is coming from Satan, not God.

 

Unfortunately, and while they do not realize they have chosen death instead of life, their current life seems to improve when they do as man directs: for Satan does not torment those who bow to his desire, which desire is that they continue in sin while declaring love for God and man. The base of his desire is our total death, both body and spirit; and, the best way to assure that our spirit man dies is to con us into believing that we don’t have to concern ourselves with obey God’s Doctrine, His Statutes of Life.

 

If every infant were taught God’s Truth from the very beginning, their chances of becoming mature in God’s Word would be greater; for there is no escaping the fact that a person can deal with what they know and understand but will run from what they do not comprehend. As noted above, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Notice that it says, “MY people.” God is not speaking to the whole world, only to those who profess belief but do not obey, are not wholly converted. It is this lack of knowledge for which corporate Christendom must and will, in the end, take the bulk of responsibility.

 

As Jesus said, they “are like white tombs, beautiful on the outside but full of dead men’s bones.” Corporate Christendom will have the blood of their followers on their own hands; for as God said, “Satan slays his own.” In other words, when those followers are cast into the pit of fire and brimstone with Satan, it will be because of his lies they have followed.

 

“Study to show yourself approved by God” (see “How to Study God’s Word“). This is the first requirement of an infant, yet the vast majority listen to pulpit speakers then go home and wait until the next week to “hear” again; or, they solely rely on evangelical television, which is just as misleading and teaches the same lies for God. Therefore, the infant also is responsible for his or her own lack of knowledge; IF he or she opts to take only the word of whomever stands in the pulpit to preach or shouts from their television screen. To do so is to choose death, wittingly or unwittingly.

 

There is more revealed in Christ’s statement to Peter regarding Satan’s desire to devour him: it verifies Satan’s existence and that he does tamper with our lives: he tempts, torments, and inflicts cruelty through the actions of other humans or directly by attacking our bodies with illnesses and diseases as well as planting errant thoughts in our minds.

 

Unfortunately, many Christians believe Satan does not exist and, as such, has no control over their lives. Such belief is dangerous; first, in that it denies God’s Word about Satan; and, second, because the person is unwittingly giving their control over to Satan by merely denying his existence and power to deceive as well as harm. Only by recognizing Satan and his myriad wicked ways are we able to exercise control over him, thus take back control of our life choices.

 

Satan operates in a catch-22 method and that really is to his liking: if we follow after man’s commandments and traditions we unwittingly have chosen death; if we do not study to show ourselves approved, we knowingly have chosen death; if we turn away from God and Christ altogether, we boldly have chosen death. In any case, Satan is laughing all the way to God’s pit of fire and brimstone and will drag us in with him: because it does not matter how we made the choice, for our actions reveal our choice.

 

There is so much to learn about God and Christ in order to come to truly know them both, so much wisdom and knowledge to gain; but, only if one willingly chooses to learn from those truly mature in God’s Word, which does not mean those trained by man’s seminaries and/or theologians; both teaching man’s commandments and traditions: lies in God’s name. It means those who continue to “study to show themselves approved,” who suffered for a while and became strong in God’s wisdom and knowledge, thus still are suffering for Christ; those who encourage infants to “study to show themselves approved” and teaches them just how to do it, such as set out in “How to Study God’s Word.

 

How can anyone make wise choices if he or she is not willing to study in order to confirm what he or she is being taught by another? Refusing to study, grow and confirm is to willingly choose death over eternal life. It is to be considered dead in this life and to be deemed twice dead forever. To refuse to study also denies the Holy Spirit as our guide, a form of unforgivable blasphemy. Satan gets a chuckle out of this one at our expense.

 

Is this temporary life really worth such a sacrifice to Satan? The Destroyer can attack only our mind and flesh, his goal being to influence the spirit man within to sin against God: the New Testament clearly tells us that sin is to violate God’s Ten Statutes, and that no such person will ever enter heaven’s gates. God, on the other hand, can destroy both the flesh and spirit man within. Better to fear thus obey God than to fear what the Waster can and will do to us in this life. Get a clue! This is TEMPORARY.

 

In John 6:63 Jesus said, “There is no profit in the flesh.” Paul noted, about having Jesus in our lives, “You ought to be able to control your flesh.” As explained in “The Mind of Christ,” as true believers we DO control our body’s actions and our mind’s thoughts and the words from our mouths.

Study to show yourself that God has approved you for Christ’s kingdom and study to become fully converted: for the reward is eternal life in paradise.  

~~ end article

 

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3 December 2006 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Birth, Blasphemy, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, Death, Diety, Divinity, End Times, Escatology, Evil, Faith, God, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Redemption, Religion, Remnant, Resurrection, Salvation, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Theology, Truth

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  1. When a person is saved, if that person is truly saved, then they are converted. If you truly believe in your heart (NOT JUST IN YOUR HEAD) and confess with your lips you will be saved. YOU ARE CONVERTED as soon as you are TRULY saved (believe, confess, repent, be baptized) there is NO time period that you must wait to be fully converted. You are TRULY saved IF you TRULY believe IN YOUR HEART and make a good confession before the Lord (not just reading the sinner’s prayer, or repeating something that you do not even understand) then you literally die with Christ on the cross and are risen with him in his resurrection: that is conversion. You are made a new creature, the old being passed away and your life is hid with Christ in God. The process of being perfected can take all the remaining days on Earth after your conversion and can be a very personal struggle; repenting from vain works, forsaking selfish desires, being purged, etc… Working out your salvation is not being converted. If one is not converted then they have no salvation to work out. PERIOD

    When the Lord said this to Peter: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Peter was NOT YET SAVED and COULD NOT be saved UNTIL after Christ had ascended to the Father, though he was secured through faith in Jesus Christ, while He was still walking among us, who called him to forsake all and follow Him.

    Whether one is made perfect in Christ Jesus, or not, all will be judged by their works and that judgment has come and is coming quickly with great wrath, especially upon all the disobedient, liars, deceivers and those who lead into bondage in the Lord’s name; Satan’s ministers of righteousness and those who put their trust in them. Just as one is grafted into the olive tree, so also can one be cut off from the olive tree, especially so if that one is overcome by those worldly lusts they were entangled in before their conversion.

    Be doers of the word and not just hearers. You can not change the Word to suit your own purpose. Women have not been given authority to teach. or preach in the TRUE CHURCH.

    1 Corinthians 14:33-35 (King James Version)

    “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”

    If anyone thinks for an instance that this only applies to the former times, then they nullify all of God’s word (if you break one commandment, you break them all) and testify that God is a liar, thus blaspheming the Word of God and leading others astray by their selfish lusts after the precepts and doctrines of man.

    Comment by Supper42 | 18 December 2006 | Reply

  2. Thank you so much, Ronda. Like you, I am eternally grateful our Lord has been so patient with me! LOL! 🙂 God is so good!

    Much love in Christ,
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 8 December 2006 | Reply

  3. Bonnie, Great post. I’m so thankful the Lord is longsuffering and allows us to grow in him.

    Comment by iluv2prshim | 7 December 2006 | Reply


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