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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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forgiveness. If we deny it, or blame it on somebody else, we shall
not be forgiven.
We
must confess it- to God!
"If
we say that we [as Christians] have not sinned, we make
him a liar, and his word is not in us." The context continues right
on into the second chapter: "My little children, these things write
1 unto you, that ye sin not." In other words, we
should
not sin -we
must strive to avoid any sin. God gives us no license to sin. But,
" ... if any man sin, we [we Christians] havean advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for
our sins [those of us who are Christians]: and not for ours only,
but also for the sins of the whole world" (chapter 2: 1-3). But, of
course He is the propitiation for the sins of the unconverted in the
world
only
when they come to real repentance, and faith in Christ.
Real Conversion -
a
Process
Because many do not correctly understand the whole above-men–
tioned process, they become discouraged. And sorne even give up
even trying to live a Christian life. And WHY?
Because of the fa/se
notion that a Christian is one who becomes
PERFECT
at one fell
swoop,
or that one cannot become a Christian
until
he has broken
all wrong habits, and
made
himselfrighteous.
lt's vital to UNDERSTAND how true Christianity REALLY
WORKS!
The newly begotten Christian must grow up, spiritually.
What would you think of a human baby, who became six feet tall
al/ at once,
without growing up? The growing up process requires
TIME. There is an
instant
when a person receives the impregnating
Holy Spirit of God - when he first becomes a Christian. But he is
only a spiritual infant. He must
grow up
spiritually.
The newly converted person,
in his mind
and
heart,
sincerely
has ABOUT-FACED! He has actually gained contact with Goo, and
received God's Holy Spirit. God's own divine NATURE has now
been conceived within him. BuT THAT's ALL:
It
is
mere/y conceived
- not yet full grown! He is still human - mortal - ftesh and
blood. He is still composed of matter, not Spirit.
Understand this!
For nearly 6,000 years, humanity has been going in the WAY
OF pride and vanity, selfishness and greed, a lack of outgoing con-