A supernatural transformation of the mind, affections, and life that restores the freedom, self-control, and spiritual union with God that were lost as a result of sin. Conversion involves contrition and confession, that is, a recognition and acknowledgment of oneself as a sinner in need of forgiveness. It also involves an unconditional decision to reorient one’s will, aims, and life to conform with the will of God, a corresponding effort to that end, and a willing dependence upon God for the necessities of life and eventually for the complete restoration of all that was lost as a result of sin. A personal experience of conversion is essential to salvation. The Bible describes this experience by a variety of figurative expressions that call attention to various aspects of what is, in fac...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.