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Conversion: A Moral Revolution

March 28th, 2009

“And sinners shall be converted to you”

(Psalm 51:13, NKJV)

Strong’s Greek Dictionary gives the meaning of “conversion” as moral evolution (32).  See Acts 15:3.    Other essential information about “conversion” include:

1.       The Hebrew term shoob means to turn back.  Psalm 19:7 shows the  process of conversion being brought about by God’s law (torah) upon the  human soul.  The Hebrew shoob also has a godly motivation behind it,  propelling it into action (see Psalm 51:13 in context).

2.       The verb form epistrepho (see Luke 2:39) involves 5 groups:

a.      Mk. 4:12 (Isaiah 6:9,10) – outsiders

b.      Lk. 22:32 – former disciples

c.       Acts 3:19 – non-Christians

d.       Acts 28:27 – those in need of spiritual healing

e.       James 5:19,20 – errant Christians

In conclusion, conversion is a turning or returning to God.  The wrong turn is possible, according to Acts 7:39.  But, the primary opportunity is from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to the power of God (Acts 26:18; 1 Thess. 1:9). Moral revolution well expresses Christian conversion.

-Robert M. Housby