Converted And Healed
Converted and healed are two interesting words that define and describe what happens when we receive Christ.
Matthew 13:13: Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people*s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Converted from what to what and healed of what? (Not necessarily healed of physical maladies. There are plenty of sick and suffering Christians.) Converted from being a disobedient rebel to an obedient child of God, from being lost to being saved. Healed of spiritual blindness and deafness. Healed of a heart described as gross (thick, fattened, stupefied or callous) that was unable to understand the things of God and given an understanding heart, a heart that IS able to understand the things of God. The Bible also calls it a purified heart. Healed from hearts that were devoid of the life-giving and life-sustaining Holy Spirit, and devoid of holiness.
Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
1 Corinthians 5:7: Purge out therefore the old leaven, (sin) that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Not long after I got saved I enjoyed calling myself a new lump so I bought a vanity license plate for my car that said Nu Lump. Some that asked about it thought that it referred to my new car. I meant it to refer to me. Since I had so few opportunities to explain what I wanted others to understand I stopped paying the extra cost for that vanity plate. I don*t think it would have helped them to understand if I had spelled it NEWLUMP without the space. I was limited to seven letters and spaces on that plate. Have you been converted and healed of your sin? Does your heart understand God and the things of God? Have your sins been taken away? Have you become a new creature? (a new lump)
More defining words I enjoy are stablished, with Christ, anointed, and sealed.
2 Corinthians 1:21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Ephesians 1:13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.