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Rev. John Compere

The Baptist Corner

Rev. John Compere is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Portageville.

Christian Doctrine: The Spirits Work in Conversion - Pt. 19

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Stress is often laid upon the work of the Spirit in the life of the believer after conversion. But clearly, the Holy Spirit plays an important part in the conversion of people. There is at least a twofold work of the Spirit in connection with one becoming a Christian.

First, the Holy Spirit convicts the sinner. Conviction is necessary because men are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him . . .” Left alone a person would not desire to turn from sin. He would not be able to apart from God. It is easy to go astray at this point and begin to think that powerful preaching and persuasive pleading are the means by which people are converted. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whenever a person falls under conviction of their sin and turns from their sin (repents) it is always the Spirit at work.

It is helpful at this point to notice in Ephesians 2:1-3 three characteristics of every person. They are dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1), disobedient (Eph 2:2), and depraved (Eph 2:3). These are true of all people. If a person is to be stirred enough to be saved it must be the Holy Spirit who convicts.

A second work of the Holy Spirit in conversion is regeneration. This is the imparting of spiritual life. By this work, the dead and a lost sinner is given a desire and the power to turn from his sins and to receive Christ as Savior. Without this work, it would be impossible for man to be saved. He can’t think his way to God because sin has darkened his understanding (Eph. 4:18). His mind can’t know or receive the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14). He can’t find the way to God because he is a bondservant of sin (Jn. 8:34). He can’t use his emotions to love God because the natural man is at enmity against God (Rom. 8:7). The conclusion is that spiritual life is a work of the Spirit not a natural achievement of humanity.

I invite you if you have never experienced the convicting and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, to heed His voice and to turn from your sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ. Until next time may God bless you. God loves you and so does First Baptist Church.