HOW MUCH CONVICTION OF SIN MUST A PERSON HAVE TO BE
Jesse M. Hendley
Acts 2:37-40; 9:1-6
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, I want you to
turn with me to Acts, the second chapter, and also
the ninth chapter. So have your Bibles open to the
place and your notebooks ready, and we are going to
study today about conviction of sin.
I had a telephone conversation the other day and in
this phone conversation questions were asked which I
answered from the Bible, the Word of God. This was a
very disturbed soul, and I felt that the answers to
them might help other people, and that is why I am
broadcasting it today. We have dealt already with
the question, "Can a Christian commit the Un-
pardonable Sin?" and found it is impossible, for the
Spirit comes to abide forever, according to John
14:16. We found out what heart condemnation means
and how a person can really be saved and yet have a
condemned heart. God tells us that we can have a
heart that is not condemned and that we ought to
constantly be on the lookout so that we can maintain
an uncondemned heart. Then we have boldness toward
God and boldness in prayer and whatever we ask we
receive of God, because we keep His commandments and
do the things that are pleasing in His sight. That
is found in First John, chapter 3, verses 20, 21,
Now comes the next question, and that is, "How much
conviction must I have to be saved? Must a person have
to be convicted of sin, before they are saved? What is
this conviction of sin?" Now that is a question that
is disturbing people today. The answer to this
question is, yes, there is some conviction, but you
are not to look at that at all.
All you need to be saved is two things: first, to
realize you are a sinner and that you need a Saviour.
That is the first thing. Now if you realize that, you
don't have to worry about "how much" you realize it or
"how much" you need Him, for actually CONVICTI ...
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