If a person is really converted to Jesus Christ they will then repent of their sins and produce fruits of righteousness.
Conversion means “to cause to return, to bring back to the love and obedience of God” and is the result of repentance which means “to turn away from sin and turn towards God,” which is the result of godly sorrow which means to be remorseful for sin. The end result of conversion is godliness or behavior that is God like.”
When godly sorrow produced by the conviction of the Holy Spirit works repentance in the heart (spirit of man), it is not repented of by God.(undone, change of mind)
According to the bible, the gifts and callings that he bestows on individuals are not repentant of or in other words, God never takes them back. This gift of grace leads to a converted heart(changed spirit) which comes about by the Holy Spirit who reveals the truth about man’s sinful state. (2Ti 2:25) Then FAITH is produced, comes by hearing and the ability to hear by God’s revealed word.(rhema)
Take a look at these scriptures.
“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure(PERHAPS) will GIVE THEM repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25,26
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10
As we can see through the scriptures; the calling and drawing, godly sorrow, repentance and conversion, are all gifts from God. They are not a work of man. That is they do not originate in man nor are they a product of men’s labor. A gift simply is bestowed and not earned, given freely without price of any kind.
Now, take a close look at this scripture.
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by GRACE ( charis – good will, loving-kindness, favour, mercy) are ye saved through FAITH ( pistis- conviction of the truth relating to God with the predominate idea of trust or confidence in) and that NOT OF YOURSELVES( not of hymōn-you or yours or self) it is the GIFT ( dōron-present, offering) of God: NOT OF WORKS (Not of -ergon- business, employment, enterprise, undertaking, production an act, deed, thing done) lest any man should BOAST. (SO THAT NO ONE CAN kauchaomai-to glory on account of a thing)
For we are HIS WORKMANSHIP( poiēma-the works of God as creation ) CREATED (ktizō- to form, shape, i.e. to completely change or transform) IN Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ORDAINED ( proetoimazō- to prepare before, to make ready beforehand) that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:7-10
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6
True repentance results in conversion of the heart or in other words a born again spirit which is bestowed freely by turning to God (by being drawn through the Holy Spirit)through Christ alone for salvation as scriptures teach.
Having a belief in the mind in non scriptural doctrine or man made principles is not really conversion, nor is having man made faith (belief in the mind) in one’s faith (ability to drum up belief in the mind) nor is having faith (man originated belief) in ones own ability, works, or merit, to achieve righteousness. Real Faith must be in the truth of God’s word and not in misinterpretation of scriptures, which is adding to, or taking away from God’s word.
True Salvation occurs when faith is given by God to believe Jesus as the way, the TRUTH and the life which is revealed in scripture as well as the ability to trust and rely upon God in every way.
Scriptures declare that the devils believe, yes it is true Satan believes the gospel ! All the devils believe the gospel ! They witnessed Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead ! But believing with the mind or knowledge about the gospel is not proof of salvation for as scriptures declare, even the devils believe.
Did you know that some of the cults believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead? Also,some in the world may even believe in Jesus as a historical figure but saving faith must produce fruit unto salvation and what I mean by fruit is this: the faith that one has must be scripturally based and produce results of truth and godliness (living as scriptures declare)
In other words, if one believes in Jesus but does not believe the scriptures on all points then they are not in the Faith. Why? Because if one is a true believer they will also believe in Jesus’s teaching.
Salvation is also not based on our good deeds either. Humanitarians do many good deeds. They give to the needy and help the unfortunate but they are not saved !Salvation is believing(having faith) in God’s word.
Have you ever heard the expression, I believe in you!” ?
This means, I trust in you, have confidence in you as who you are and what you say, not just that I believe you exist.
And if Christ be not risen , then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up , if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised : And if Christ be not raised , your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1 Corinthians 15:14-17
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.1 Corinthians 2:5
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved And hath raised us up together , and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast . For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:4-11
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:2
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.Romans 10:17
Intellectual belief in the mind is the faith the devil and all his henchmen have BUT they do not have SAVING FAITH. Thou believest, the devils also believe and tremble.James 2:19
SAVING FAITH pisteuō – to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith means to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity, to be intrusted with a thing, used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul.
CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE NOW?
Saving faith is the GIFT of God which results in repentance, conversion unto salvation AND NOT INTELLECTUAL FAITH OR BELIEF (knowledge of)
In conclusion, true conversion is the result of receiving saving faith in Jesus Christ as Savior which is a gift to the saving of the soul and this faith leads to repentance and godly living.