What Happens At Conversion?
When you become a Christian, God causes you to come alive spiritually. The word for this kind of life in the Bible is the Greek word zoe (pronounced Zoh - ee, as in the name Zoe).
Zoe is the word Jesus uses when He tells Nicodemus that he needs to be ‘born (anothen) again’, and ‘from above’, by the Holy Spirit and he will receive eternal life (zoe)
The Process of Being Born Anothen
In The Gospel of JOHN Chapter 3 verses 6-7 and 14-16 . Jesus says :
"Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’…… the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life (zoe). For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (zoe)."
The problem is that our SOUL and BODY are not changed by the Holy Spirit at conversion.
The Battle Between The Old & New Natures
When we become Christians, we find there is a constant battle going on between OUR OLD NATURE and OUR NEW NATURE
Paul talks about this battle between the OLD NATURE and the NEW NATURE in his Letter to the Christians in Rome Chapter 7.
I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.
I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it. It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.
I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. ROMANS 7:15 -25