CONVICTION OF SIN
Jesse M. Hendley
Now friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to
Isaiah 6:5. We are studying "The Conviction of Sin"
from the Word of God. You don't hear much about that
today, do you?
We have revival meetings and so often people walk down
the aisles. Many times they are smiling and taking it
easy and making "a commitment" to the Lord, but there
is very little conviction of sin.
Think about this. What happens when a sinner, in his
sins, comes into the presence of a holy God? Nothing?
Does anything happen to people who say they are saved
these days without conviction of sin?
I have seen conviction of sin. We used to have altars.
You don't have to be saved at an altar. You can turn
to the Lord anywhere, at any time, if you really mean
it. It is in your heart and mind where salvation takes
place. The visible part of it is that there will be
conviction of a sinner and then there will be distress
and confession of sin.
That is what happened to Isaiah when He heard the call
of the Lord and saw the Lord. We read in Isaiah 6:1,
"In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the
Lord." He talks about how holy He is and describes the
tremendous sight, the soul-shaking spectacle he
experienced. Verse 5, "Then said I, Woe is me! For I
am undone (I am destroyed in Hebrew); because I am a
man of unclean lips." That is a realization of sin,
conviction of sin, and confession of one's own
When we think about God, nobody else enters into it. A
husband, or wife, or parent, or child cannot do it for
us. Nobody can do it but we ourselves. "Woe Is Me!"
"Then said I, Woe is me!" When a man sees God, this is
what he is going to say. What happens when a sinner
really sees God in this world? He is going to say,
"Woe is me!" "Woe" is a tremendous word. "I am in
trouble. I am in deep trouble. I am in great
distress." That is what he is saying. "I am a sinner.
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