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Doing the First Works: New Testament Conversions

Did You Know That All Of The Conversions In The New Testament Are Found In The Book of Acts?

A very excellent fact to know is that all of the cases of conversion are very conveniently found in the Book of Acts. Added to this is the fact that all of these cases of conversion mention baptism. The prevailing denominational views of course minimize or eliminate the need for actual baptism over variations of grace only salvation.

I have rejoiced many times to see the happy amazement of so many Christians when this basic help to their understanding is revealed to them. They almost hate to admit that such an obvious truth has been right in front of them all along. But now that they know about it, they are thrilled with prospects of easier access, less bumbling and confusion on their part when they are attempting to convert the lost.

What comes to mind is the “slam dunk” realization just knowing that the authority we need to teach the doctrine of baptism for remission of sins is so solidly and completely supplied by the Lord. This evidence is undeniable and incontrovertible and we must teach it that way!

What are the ten references given in the Book of Acts?

  1. Acts 2:37-41 – On the Day of Pentecost
  2. Acts 8:12 – The Samaritans
  3. Acts 8:13 – Simon the Sorcerer
  4. Acts 8:38 – Ethiopian Eunuch
  5. Acts 9:18 – Saul of Tarsus
  6. Acts 10:48 – House of Cornelius
  7. Acts 16:15 – House of Lydia
  8. Acts 16:33 – House of the Jailor
  9. Acts 18:8 – House of Crispus & Many Corinthians
  10. Acts 19:1-5 – The Ephesians

Why is this so great a fact to know? Two reasons mainly:

  1. There are ten cases of conversion given. Ten is a solid, easy to remember number that feels “so complete” when it is considered.
  2. All ten references are in a single book. One does not have to go to any other portions of the New Testament to feebly search for references that to our memory may seem vague. This instills confidence in us as we offer these facts to potential converts to the truth.

What to do with this knowledge?

  • First, I would suggest you get a highlighter pen and mark all ten passages in your New Testament immediately.
  • Secondly, link them by writing in the margin the next reference so you can easily find them every time you need them.
  • Thirdly, become familiar with all the contexts of all ten references so that you can recount them whenever the need arises.
  • Finally, seek out opportunities to share this vital and important knowledge so that others can come to the truth and be saved! Do it now!

(This is the first in a series of brief articles devoted to us being about our “Father’s business.” Sometimes we lose our way spiritually, and need to get back to “doing the first works” (Revelation 2:4-7, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place–unless you repent. 6 “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Please feel free to copy & paste these articles for use in your local bulletins where needed).