? ?ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God Cf. ajpostre>fw , in
<440326> Acts 3:26 ? ?in turning away every one of you from your iniquities,? with ejpistre>fw in <441121>Acts 11:21 ? ?believed? and ?turned unto the Lord.? A candidate for ordination was once asked which came first: regeneration or conversion. He replied very correctly: ?Regeneration and conversion are like the cannonball and the hole ? they both go through together.? This is true however only as to their chronological relation. Logically the ball is first and causes the hole, not the hole first and causes the ball.
(a) Conversion is the human side or aspect of that fundamental spiritual change which, as viewed from the divine side, we call regeneration. It is simply man?s turning. The Scriptures recognize the voluntary activity of the human soul in this change as distinctly as they recognize the causative agency of God. While God turns men to himself ( <198504>Psalm 85:4; Song 1:4; <243118> Jeremiah 31:18; <250521>Lamentations 5:21), men are exhorted to turn themselves to God ( <200123>Proverbs 1:23; <233106>Isaiah 31:6; 59:20; <261406>Ezekiel 14:6; 18:32; 33:9, 11; <290212>Joel 2:12-14). While God is represented as the author of the new heart and the new spirit ( <195110>Psalm 51:10; Ezekial 11:19; 36:26), men are commanded to make for themselves a new heart and a new spirit ( <261831>Ezekiel 18:31; <470701>2 Corinthians 7:1; cf . <503512>Philippians 2:12, 13; <490514> Ephesians 5:14).
<198504> Psalm 85:4 ? ?Turn us, O God of our salvation?; Song 1:4 ? ?Draw me, we will run after thee?; <243118>Jeremiah 31:18 ? ?turn thou me, and I shall he turned?; Lam. 5:21 ? ?Turn thou us unto thee, O Jehovah, and we shall he turned.?
<200123> Proverbs 1:23 ? ?Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you?; <233106>Isaiah 31:6 ? ?Turn ye unto him from whom ye have deeply revolted, O children of Israel?; 59:20 ? ?And a Redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob?; <261406> Ezekiel 14:6 ? ?Return ye, and turn yourselves from your idols?; 18:32 ? ? turn yourselves and live?; 33:9 ? ?if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it, and he turn not from his way, he shall die in his iniquity?; 11 ? ?turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?? <290212>Joel 2:12-14 ? ?turn ye unto me with all your heart.?
<195110> Psalm 51:10 ? ?Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me?; <021119>Exodus 11:19 ? ?And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony
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