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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Do Christians ever sin? If one does, is he "lost"?
First let me ask - and answer the question "What is true
Christian conversion?" "What is a real Christian in the sight of
God?" Does joining a church make one a Christian? Does saying,
"1 accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior" make one a Chris–
tian?
Let's get the Bible definition. In Romans 8:6-9 you will read:
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded
is life and peace. Because the carnal mind [fleshly mind] is enmity
[hostile] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, nei–
ther indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh [fleshly
minded]
cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the
Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man
have not the Spirit ofChrist, he is none ofhis."
A Christian, then, is one who has received, and in whose
mind dwells the Holy Spirit of God. Otherwise he is NOT Christ's
- NOT a Christian.
False Conversion
Millions may
profess
to be Christians, but
unless
God's Holy
Spirit, given as His GIFT by GRACE, is at the moment, dwelling in
them, they are NOT CHRISTIANS.
Millions may have their names written in Church member–
ship books, and still be "NONE OF HIS" - not really CHRISTIANS at
all! And millions are
so
deceived (Rev. 12:9).
So UNDERSTAND THIS! A person is a Christian - in God's
sight- ONLY while God's Holy Spirit is dwelling IN him. Not be–
fore! Not after!
So a truly
converted
person has received (and currently has)
God's Holy Spirit dwelling within him. But, there is yet quite a bit
more to understanding what constitutes real conversion.
Real Conversion
There is a sense in which true conversion
does
take place at a
defi–
nite time-
all at once. But it is also true that in another sense con–
version is
worked out gradually
-
a process of development and
growth.
Now NOTICE CAREFULLY!