Constantine’s conversion to Christianity was expected at a time when success in politics followed alignment with a particular religious faction. However, Constantine’s divine claims were different because he was actually committed to Christianity. It is this commitment that inspired the empire’s shift to Christianity eventually becoming a Christian state.
After his ascension to power and leadership of the Empire, Constantine met with Licinius and this meeting resulted in the Edict of Milan. The statute was an affirmation of Constantine’s commitment to Christianity. The Edict of Milan restored Christian property that was confiscated during the persecution back to their Christian owners. Further, Constantine extended civil and financial privileges to the Christian clergy. Constantine was motivated by the need to ensure peace and stability within the Empire. He believed that by spreading Christianity, he would achieve these objectives, both for the benefit of the Empire and his personal position.