SPEAK AS THE ORACLES RADIO Program #119

SUMMATION OF
THE CONVERSIONS
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FROM THE OUTSET of this course of study, we have most carefully avoided rushing to
conclusions, in order to make as few mistakes as possible concerning the Word of God. When
we came to Lesson 14, how easy it would have been merely to announce some plan of
“conversion” of our own human device and then to rush along to other matters. On the other hand,
seeing that the eternal destiny of precious human souls is at stake, how unfair and inconsiderate
this would have been! Contrariwise, we have slowly and deliberately paced ourselves to a point-
by-point examination of each and every one of the 11 cases of conversion, as recorded in God’s
“book of conversions,” the book of ACTS.


Up to this lesson, remember, we have studied each of these cases individually. However, it
should be abundantly clear to all, by now, that all of God’s teaching is not limited to the record of
any single case of conversion. God’s Word is just not written that way. But, as Isaiah 28:10
describes it, “precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line;
HERE a little, and THERE a little.” If we limit our conclusions to the “little” we find “here,” but ignore
the “little” we find “there,” we not only deal unfairly with the way the Bible is written; but we arrive at
wrong answers, as well. Please remember that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” It follows, therefore, that any conclusions or
preconceived notions we may have entertained, WHICH LEAVE OUT ANY PART of God’s teaching
on the subject of conversion — such conclusions or notions are just WRONG; AND GOD’S WORD
is STILL RIGHT!


As Romans 3:4 says it: “God forbid: yea, LET GOD BE TRUE, BUT EVERY MAN A LIAR; as it is
written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou are
judged.”


That ALL of the ways and plans for salvation, being taught all over the world, cannot be true should
be self-evident. Many of them are CONTRADICTORY. And when churches and preachers teach
opposing doctrines on anything, can BOTH be RIGHT?


For instance, one church teaches and practices “infant baptism”; another contends one must be
at least 16 years old. Are BOTH RIGHT? Both MAY be wrong; but one just HAS to be wrong.
How can they teach so oppositely to each other and both be right! Most so-called “Protestant”
church teach that salvation is by “FAITH ONLY” or by “FAITH ALONE.”


Some contend that “WORKS” are necessary, too! Are BOTH right?


Some churches contend one is saved the moment he BELIEVES; others, that he must also
REPENT; still others, that he must CONFESS and BE BAPTIZED. Are ALL right? One church
teaches IMMERSION for BAPTISM; another contends that “SPRINKLING” and “POURING” are “just
as good.” Are BOTH right?


One church argues for baptism in WATER; another says, No, we must be baptized with the
baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT! Are BOTH right?


One declares that baptism is “FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS”; another says it is NOT for the
remission of sins.


Are BOTH right? Such contradictory teachings can be cited “ad infinitum.” It is quite possible that
ALL  may be WRONG; is it NOT POSSIBLE that ALL may be RIGHT! However, it IS possible that
amid the welter of all such confusion and contradiction, the truth may be found. But, if the truth is in
there somewhere, how shall we ferret it out and know for sure that it IS the TRUTH? There is
ONLY ONE WAY to arrive at any responsible, reliable conclusion in this matter, as far as the
WORD OF GOD is concerned.


We must examine carefully and study prayerfully ANYTHING and EVERYTHING God’s Word has to
say in this connection, add it ALL up, and see what ALL God has taught on the subject.
ALL OTHER WAYS are partial, incomplete and, to some extent, at least, untrue. THIS WAY is
thorough, complete, and leaves nothing to guesswork.


For the “SUMMING UP” of ALL 11 CASES OF CONVERSION, you can study the chart
accompanying our email on Monday on “ACTS OF APOSTLES” — BOOK OF CONVERSIONS.
Now, from the CHART, please note that we have correlated ALL THE PERTINENT facts
REGARDING Conversion from the 11 cases as recorded in “Acts.” To facilitate our study, separate
columns are arranged so as to accommodate each fact, command or promise given pertaining to
conversion. On the left-hand side of the chart, you will note all 11 cases of conversion listed in
order and the chapter or chapters cited where found.


In each case, since teaching or preaching was done, the next column takes account of this, and
cites the references in evidence. The succeeding five columns show what the various sinners did
in being converted, in reaction to the teaching and preaching that was done.
Then, lastly, the right-hand column lists the RESULTS received (or promised) from obeying the
FORM OF DOCTRINE thus described.


The record of each case of conversion, as you observe, is NOT UNIFORM throughout. Some
cases are described in detail; others rather sketchily. In ALL cases it is clearly shown that
TEACHING and/or PREACHING was done.


Thus, for example, whereas, in Case No. V, the Scriptures do not SAY in so many words that the
sinner HEARD what was preached. It is necessarily inferred from the context that he did.


The same goes for Case No. IX: In the conversion of Saul of Tarsus (Case No. VI), nothing is said
of his BELIEVING what he heard — or of REPENTANCE or of CONFESSING his faith. Yet, the fact
that he was BAPTIZED implies that he obeyed the gospel Ananias preached unto him.


In only three of the cases of conversion is REPENTANCE either mentioned, commanded or
described. (Cases No. I, III & IX). Yet, in Acts 17:30, we learn that God “now commandeth ALL MEN
EVERYWHERE to REPENT.” Thus it is not necessary that repentance be specified in each case,
since God requires it of ALL! The fact that it is mentioned in the three cases referred to is sufficient
to show the connection of REPENTANCE in God’s order for man’s conversion.


The only case showing CONFESSION (of faith), please note, is that of the Ethiopian eunuch —
Case No. V. God does not have to repeat something MANY times to make it so. ONE time is
enough! The one time Acts mentions the eunuch confessing, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the
Son of God,” is sufficient to include CONFESSION OF SUCH BELIEF in God’s teaching on
conversion.


Although practically all so-called “Christian” denominations deny baptism as having any
connection at all with conversion (turning to God), how curious it is of God to record baptism IN
THIS VERY CONNECTION in 10 of the 11 cases of conversion described! The only case that does
not specifically mention baptism is Case No. II — at Solomon’s Porch. Whereas, on Pentecost,
Peter had commanded, “Repent...and BE BAPTIZED,” at Solomon’s Porch, he commanded,
“Repent...and BE CONVERTED.” Inasmuch as ALL TEN OF THE OTHER CASES OF
CONVERSION mention BAPTISM at this point, it seems reasonable to infer that Peter’s command
to “be converted” must have included baptism, too. Do you agree?


As for the RESULTS either granted or to be expected, based on obedience to the things
commanded, NO SINGLE CASE OF CONVERSION MENTIONS ALL. On Pentecost (see right-
hand column on the chart) at least three results are mentioned; at Solomon’s Porch, three more.
Also in the cases of the Ethiopian eunuch, Saul of Tarsus, Cornelius and the Philippian Jailer,
results are cited.


Since no ONE case sets forth everything Acts teaches on conversion, how, then, shall we arrive at
the sum total of the true teaching on this subject in this extraordinary book of conversions? Surely,
it must be by COMBINING ALL THE INFORMATION in the several columns together! In arithmetical
addition, we should proceed from right to left. In algebra, addition is from left to right. Seeing that
our information logically proceeds from left to right, let us add it all up algebraically — column by
column — and see what is the GRAND TOTAL, as set forth in Acts, on the subject of conversion.
Reading across the bottom of the chart, after we have added the information in each column all
together, here is the conclusion of all our studies, in Acts, thus far: That TEACHING and/or
PREACHING started each case; sinners, thus, HEARD the gospel, leading them to BELIEVE in
Christ, to REPENT of their sins, to CONFESS their faith and to BE BAPTIZED. Resulting from
these conversions, those thus obeying the form of doctrine taught and/or preached received
REMISSION OF SINS, RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT, WERE SAVED, HAD THEIR SINS BLOTTED
OUT, ENJOYED “TIMES OF REFRESHING,” WERE BLESSED, REJOICED, and had their SINS
WASHED AWAY.
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NEWSLETTER
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES -- Book of Conversions
CASES OF
CONVERSION
PREACHING
or
TEACHING
SINNER
HEARS
SINNER
BELIEVES
SINNER
REPENTS
SINNER
CONFESSES
SINNER IS
BAPTIZED
RESULTS
I. ON PENTECOST
(Acts 2)
Peter preached
(verses 14-36,
38-40)
They heard
(verses 37, 41)
"Pricked in their
heart (verse 37)
Peter said
Repent (verse 38)
  Peter said, "be
baptized" (verse
38); about 3,000
were baptized
(verse 41)
1. Remission of sins
(verse 38)
2. Receive Holy Spirit
(verse 38)
3. Save selves (verse
40)
II. AT SOLOMON'S
PORCH (Acts 3,4,5)
Peter preached
(3.12-26) and
taught (4.2)
Hear (3.22-23)
Heard (4.4)
About 5,000
believed (4.4)
multitudes
believed (5.14)
Repent (verse
19); turn from
iniquity (verse
26)
  Peter said "Be
converted"
(verse 19)
1. Sins blotted out
(verse 19)
2. Time of refreshing
(verse 19)
3. Blessing (verse 26)
III. THE
SAMARITANS
(Acts 8)
Philip preached
(verses 5,12); also
Peter & John
(verse 25)
Heard (verse 6)
Believed (verse
12)
    Baptized (verse
12; also see
verse 16)
 
IV. SIMON, THE
SORCERER (Acts 8)
Philip preached
(verses 5,12); also
Peter & John
(verse 25)
Heard (verse 6)
Believed (verse 7)
    Baptized (verse
13,16)
 
V. THE ETHIOPIAN
EUNUCH (Acts 8)
Philip preached
(verse 35)
  Believed (verse
37)
  Confessed (verse
37)
Baptized (verse
36,38)
Rejoiced (verse 39)
VI. SAUL OF
TARSUS (Acts 9)
--------------------------------
(Acts 22)
Ananias preached
(verse 3)
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Ananias preached
(verse 12-16)
Heard (verse 4)

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Heard (verses
7,14-15)


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Baptized (verse
18)
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Baptized (verse
16)


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Sin washed away
(verse 16)
VII. CORNELIUS &
HIS HOUSEHOLD
(Acts 10)
Peter preached
(verses 34-43)
Hear (verses
22-23); Heard
(verse 44)
Believes (verse
43)
    Baptized (verses
47-48)
Remission of sins
(verse 43)
VIII. LYDIA & HER
HOUSEHOLD (Acts
16)
Paul and Silas
Preached (verse
32)
Heard (verse
14)
"Heart opened"
(verse 14); faithful
(verse 15)
    Baptized (verse
15)
 
IX. THE
PHILIPPIAN
JAILER (Acts 16)
Paul and Silas
preached (verse 32)
  Believed (verses
31,34)
Washed their
stripes (verse 33)
  Baptized (verse
33)
1. Saved (verse 31)
2. Rejoiced (verse 34)
X. THE
CORINTHIANS
(Acts 18)
Paul preached
(verses 4-5)
Many heard
(verse 8)
Believed (verse
8); Crispus
believed (verse 8)
    Baptized (verse
8); Crispus also
baptized (1
Corinthians 1.14)
 
XI. THE
EPHESIANS (Acts
19)
Paul preached
(verse 4)
Heard (verse 5)
Believed (verse 2)
    Baptized (verse
5)
 
GRAND
TOTAL
}
TEACHING
AND/OR
PREACHING
WAS DONE
IN EACH
CASE OF
CONVERSION
SINNERS
HEARD
+
SINNERS
BELIEVED
+
SINNERS
REPENTED
+
SINNERS
CONFESSED
FAITH
IN
CHRIST
+
SINNERS
WERE
BAPTIZED
1. FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS
2. TO RECEIVE HOLY SPIRIT
3. TO BE SAVED
4. TO BLOT OUT SINS
5. FOR TIMES OF REFRESHING
6. FOR BLESSING
7. FOR REJOICING
8. TO WASH AWAY SINS