Friday, February 22, 2008

WHAT IS YOUR TESTIMONY?


In popular religion a convert is often called upon to give his or her testimony. Whenever these opportunities arise, most people begin telling the story of their own personal conversion. The stories are usually fraught with dramatic and emotional events and experiences. Many times they are accompanied with dreams, visions, and/or great changes in conduct. There are such conversions recorded in God’s holy Word.

We need only consider the experience of Paul on the Damascus road and other conversions that were accompanied with miracles such as healing. However, most of the conversions recorded in the Bible were the quiet experiences of God’s elect being brought under the Gospel truth of Christ and Him crucified and being born again by the Holy Spirit who brought them to faith in Christ and repentance of dead works.

These are the common denominators of all true conversions whether they are quiet encounters or spectacular events. True conversion is always a powerful and amazing experience, a miracle of God’s grace in giving life to the dead and bringing sinners to believe in Christ for all of salvation and repentance of dead works. The common testimony of all who have been converted to Christ is virtually the same –

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” (Philippians 3:7-9)


By Pastor Bill Parker

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