Pristine Grace

The Conversion of a Sinner
by Octavius Winslow
The Conversion of a Sinner

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour." - Titus 3:5-6

    The conversion of a sinner to God is a convincing and precious evidence that Jesus is alive.  In the regeneration worked in the soul by the Holy Spirit, the life of Jesus is imparted.  He breathes the breath of life into the morally dead soul, and it becomes a living soul.  Until this divine Person of the Trinity exercises His distinct office and convinces of sin, quickens, and brings the soul to Christ for acceptance, that soul remains totally dead to and insensible of its great privilege; though it is mystically risen with Christ, it is an utter stranger to the new life that springs from oneness with the second Adam.  The new nature that the Eternal Spirit imparts is nothing less than the creation of the life of Christ in the soul; even more than this, it is the bringing of Christ Himself into the soul to dwell there as the "hope of glory" through time, and glory itself through eternity.

    Here, then, is an evidence that Jesus is alive -- the most convincing and precious for a renewed mind.  Quickened by the Eternal Spirit, believers become temples of Christ.  Jesus lives in them: "I in them" (John 17:23); "Know ye not...that Jesus Christ is in you?" (2 Cor. 13:5); "Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20); "Christ in you the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).  Thus every believer is a living witness that Jesus is alive, because he bears the very life of Jesus.  By the indwelling of the Spirit, and realized by faith, Christ abides in the believer and the believer abides in Christ.  "I in them, and thouin me, that they may be made perfect in one" (John 17:23).

    We have already stated that this glorious entrance of Christ into the soul transpires at the new birth.  What, then, is every new conversion, every fresh trophy of redeeming grace, but a new manifestation to the universe of the life of Jesus?  I see the sinner pursuing his mad career of folly, rebellion, and guilt.  Suddenly he is stopped; I see him bowed to the earth, his heart broken with sorrow, his spirit crushed beneath the burden of sin.  He acknowledges his transgression, confesses his iniquity, and deplores it in the dust.  I next see him lift. his eye and rest it on a bleeding Savior; he gazes, wonders, believes, worships -- and is saved!  Who works this miracle of grace?  The Spirit has descended to testify that Jesus is alive.  That newly-converted soul, recently dead in sins but now quickened with Christ; that sinner only recently dwelling among the tombs, whom no human power could tame, now sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, demonstrates that Christ is in heaven and is alive forevermore.  Oh, it is the life of Jesus descending from heaven.  Show me, then, a soul just passed from death to life, and I will show you evidence that Jesus is alive at the right hand of God.