Conviction is the First Step in Conversion

A man is convinced of sin, he sees he is a sinner and nothing but a sinner; the fallow ground of his heart is broken up (Jer. 4:3). As the husbandman breaks the clods, then casts in the seed, so God, by the convincing work of the law, breaks a sinner’s heart, and makes it fit to receive the seeds of grace. Such as were never convinced are never called. “He shall convince the world of sin” (John 16:8). Conviction is the first step in conversion. “A Body of Divinity”pg. 224