Psalm 19:7 (ESV) … “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple…”
The verb for reviving literally means “bringing back.” As the sun returns in the heavens, so God’s Word returns the sinner to God. He is brought back – converted or revived!
Wisdom replaces folly. The great function of God’s Word in conversion is to enlighten a mind darkened by the world’s philosophies and religions. It opposes all man-made theory with an authoritative, “Thus saith the Lord.” It cuts right through to the marrow of the soul. The unconverted man rambles down all kinds of religious, philosophical, and ideological blind alleys. He has his own notions about sin, self, and salvation. God’s Word has the power to challenge all that. It convicts and brings men back to the point of departure from divine truth. Then it converts the soul and makes wise the simple.