Conversion Experience Versus New Birth Experience

Conversion means changing your heart to follow God. The Bible termed this one as “turning.” In Jeremiah 31:18 and Lamentations 5:21, people ask God to help them turn back to Him, saying things like "Turn thou me, and I shall be turned" and "Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned." In Ezekiel 18:32 and 33:11, God tells people to turn away from bad things and come back to Him, "turn yourselves, and live ye" and "turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways."


So, it is possible that in our converting, or turning, we might turn only partly toward God, and not fully or completely.


The Spirit of Prophecy uses the term “partial conversion…..without a radical change of heart or reformation of life. Thus superficial conversions abound. (GC 468). Ellen White also uses the term "half-converted" people. (5T 114) and that we need a "thorough conversion" or else we cannot go to heaven. So, we might turn only partly toward God, and not fully. Ellen White also talks about not fully surrendering to Jesus and that we are stuck in old ways that we miss out on true happiness and peace.


Take note of what she said; “There are some who are seeking, always seeking, for the goodly pearl. But they do not make an entire surrender of their wrong habits. They do not die to self that Christ may live in them. Therefore they do not find the precious pearl. They have not overcome unholy ambition and their love for worldly attractions. They do not lift the cross, and follow Christ in the path of self-denial and self-sacrifice .... Without entire surrender there is no rest, no joy. Almost Christians, yet not fully Christians, they seem near the kingdom of heaven, but they do not enter therein. Almost but not wholly saved means to be not almost but wholly lost.” 1SM 399,400.


So now we begin to understand that we can be “half-converted” or “fully converted.” However, whether we are half-converted or fully converted, we do have “conversion experience” or “turning experience,” since there are degrees of turning. Some of us experience turning 45 degrees, others could be 170 degrees while others could be 179 degrees. But we understand here that we have not experienced full conversion which happens only at 180 degrees which we call “new birth” or “born again” experience. “….unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3.


Ellen White also talks about the condition of our young people in the church. She uses the term "not truly converted."  Take note of this statement, “Many of our young people are not truly converted I saw that unless there is an entire change in the young, a thorough conversion, they may despair of heaven. From what has been shown me, there are not more than half of the young who profess religion and the truth who have been truly converted.” 1T 158

In the book, Christ Object Lessons, Ellen White uses the term “converted person” to mean a person who experienced “new birth.” Take note of this quote; “In the converted person self-is not struggling for recognition .... If his motives, words, or actions are misunderstood or misrepresented, he takes no offense, but pursues the even tenor of his way. He is kind and thoughtful, humble in his opinion of himself, yet full of hope, always trusting in the mercy and love of God.” COL 102.


No wonder Ellen White speaks of a new birth as a "rare experience" in our time today;

“The new birth is a rare experience in this age of the world. This is the reason why there are so many perplexities in the churches. Many, so many, who assume the name of Christ are unsanctified and unholy. They have been baptized, but they were buried alive. Self did not die, and therefore they did not rise to newness of life in Christ.” Manuscript 148, 1897


May we all give our life and all to Jesus and let Him control us so that we will truly experience being born again.


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Comments: 21
  • #1

    Mathew Simiyu (Thursday, 21 March 2024 22:22)

    Amen. We are to really give our all to Jesus, and in turn He'll use our all to His glory.

  • #2

    Niko (Saturday, 23 March 2024 19:56)

    Thankyou for the wonderful message.very powerful and I totally agree.God bless.

  • #3

    Kellee (Saturday, 23 March 2024 19:58)

    Amen. Daily I see this but I asked Christ to take control of my life.

  • #4

    Joyce ikepae (Saturday, 23 March 2024 20:15)

    Tankyou God for this wonderful message its touching mi too..

  • #5

    ZYL (Saturday, 23 March 2024 20:23)

    Amen. Have mercy oh Lord ���

  • #6

    Bongi (Saturday, 23 March 2024 20:28)

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful message .may the Good Lord feed me always .
    Bless you.

  • #7

    PR.Joachim Kalale Esekon (Saturday, 23 March 2024 21:18)

    Thanks the Lord 's Servant for this wonderful Message.We need a total surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ so as for the qualification of Heaven.Be blessed

  • #8

    Tendai (Saturday, 23 March 2024 21:23)

    May the Holy Spirit help us to be wholly converted to experience a new birth in Christ. Amen

  • #9

    Jenny (Saturday, 23 March 2024 21:25)

    Amen �
    As a young people we need to deeply convert to God.
    A blessed massage.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • #10

    Pr Robert Onsase (Saturday, 23 March 2024 22:17)

    Amen lets try our best to be changed completely so that we may feet jesus

  • #11

    Mrs.Dennis (Saturday, 23 March 2024 22:27)

    Amen Thank you.

  • #12

    Joel Kamau (Saturday, 23 March 2024 22:30)

    Total surrender is only the way to salvation inJesus Christ our Loving and faithful God

  • #13

    Barnabas wasilws (Saturday, 23 March 2024 22:37)

    These is very true, sister White saw ahead of time and for sure it is happening.people do not turn 180 degrees

  • #14

    Moses KARNHICK (Saturday, 23 March 2024 22:58)

    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. We must pray more for the HS to be with us to strengthen us

  • #15

    Tapiwa (Saturday, 23 March 2024 23:41)

    Indeed I'm one of the partial converted christians and I suffer so much in my heart. But I believe this word will give me strength to surrender all unto Him who cares �

  • #16

    Joel cordeta (Sunday, 24 March 2024 00:02)

    Thank you so much God Bless.

  • #17

    Alpha Obed (Sunday, 24 March 2024 01:18)

    A timely message for the youth and the church at large

  • #18

    Senimili Tavoro (Sunday, 24 March 2024 02:14)

    Wow...thank you for this lovely message

  • #19

    Everlyn Galaha (Sunday, 24 March 2024 02:45)

    May God be praised forever as long as His people live.

  • #20

    Abel kiptoo (Sunday, 24 March 2024 14:26)

    May God help us turn unto him

  • #21

    Winnie Dick (Sunday, 24 March 2024 14:46)

    Thank you for the powerful message