Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Spiritual Condition Of A Spiritually Dead Sinner

Most Christians think the main reason why people don't respond positively when we share to them the good news of Salvation is either we present the gospel poorly, or the prospect was just an idiot. The truth is: it is not the evangelist's job to convert sinners, nor is it on the sinner's power to convert himself, and here's the reason why:
  1. Sinners are dead (spiritually) in trespasses and sin / incapable of doing any spiritual good (Eph. 2:1; Rom. 3:9-12):
  2. Sinners are slaves under the power of Sin (Jn. 8:34; Ac. 26:17-18; Rom. 3:9, 6:20)
  3. Sinners were taken captive by Satan to do his will (Jn. 8:44; 2 Tim. 2:25-26)
  4. Sinners cannot/does not come to God (Jn. 6:44, 65; Rom. 3:11)
  5. Sinners cannot obey God's law (Rom. 3:9-12, 8:7-8)
  6. Sinners cannot understand spiritual things (Mat. 13:14; Rom. 3:11; Eph. 4:18; 1 Cor. 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:4)
  7. Sinners cannot savingly believe the Gospel (1 Cor. 2:14, cf. Job. 14:4)
  8. Sinners cannot change/convert on their own (Jer. 13:23)
  9. Sinners do not seek after God (Rom. 3:11, 10:20)
  10. The sinner's heart is hardened and unreceptive (Ezek. 36:26-27; Eph. 4:18)
  11. The sinner's heart is desperately wicked and beyond cure (Gen. 6:5; Ec. 9:3; Jer. 17:9; Mr. 7:21-23)
We, Christians, were once dead in our trespasses and sins and are by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind (Eph. 2:1-3). But by God's own will and mercy he quickened us by His Spirit through the word of truth so that we may choose Him and be saved (Jam. 1:18, cf. Eze. 36:26-27, 37:2-6). So it is not our own doing that we are saved. Salvation is of the Lord alone. Even faith through which we are saved is God's gift!
"He went on to say, 'This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.'" (Jn. 6:65, NIV)
Soli Deo Gloria!


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