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Conversion

Conversion means to have a change of heart toward God. By contrast, repentance is a change of mind toward God. Initially, a person is converted when they are born again, and receive divine life from God which is a contrast to the desires of the flesh. Upon being quickened, immediately a person is converted. Without an initial conversion, a person cannot be saved to enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 18:3). However, conversion is not synonymous with new birth, because conversion may happen multiple times in a person's life! In Luke 22:32 the Lord told Peter, "when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Peter's original conversion happened in Luke 5:8, but after he betrayed the Lord it needed to happen again! It is very possible for a believer to need another conversion if they err from the truth (Jam. 5:19-20).