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134 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
selfnever wants to die. To
repent
is to make an
unconditional sur–
render
to God - to
obey His Law!
Yet he, himself, must make the decision. If he does repent,
surrender to God, and in FAITH accept Jesus Christ as personal
Savior, then, upon performance of these TWO conditions, God
promises
to put within him the GIFT of the Holy Spirit. This is the
very
liJe
of God - SPIRIT life.
It
imparts to him the very
di vine na–
ture!
Then
what,
at that stage,
has happened?
This new convert has only been
begotten
of God - not yet
BORN. Many who believe they are
"born again"
on receiving the
Holy Spirit are more in error in terminology than in what hap–
pens. (For a full explanation, write for our free booklet
Just What
Do You Mean- Born Again?)
This new convert has not received the full measure of God's
Spirit which Christ had; he is only a
spiritual babe
in Christ. He
must now GROW spiritually, justas a newly conceived embryo in
its mother's womb must grow physically large enough to be BORN
as a human.
This new convert has now REPENTED, in his mind, from the
depths of his heart. HE MEANS IT, too! In al! sincerity, in his mind
and heart, he has
turned around to go the other way
-
to live a dif–
ferent life. He is now a CHRISTIAN - he has received God's Holy
Spirit. He has
been converted,
He is a Christian. He really
wants
to
do what is right- to obey God- to live Goo's WAY.
What
If
a Christian Sins?
So a Christian convert, then, is one who has received God's Spirit,
which is dwelling in him, leading him, and he is following Goo's
w
AYof life.
A
converted Christian has forsaken his former habit–
ual way of life - his selfish way unconcerned with God. Now he
lives in the habitual way of God's Word - in the light of the
Word ofGod.
But suppose, like an eight- or ten-month-old baby trying to
learn to walk, as he "walks" this NEW WAY, he stumbles, "falls
down," as it were, and SINS. Is he then condemned - lost- no
longer a Christian?
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would like you, now, to notice, and UNDERSTAND, what the