Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Spirit Tells Us We Are Lost

From The Gospel Messenger (1884) (SEE HERE)

"I suppose almost all penitent sinners think they have committed the unpardonable sin, but I am certain that no one who ever felt penitent and doomed to eternal banishment from God ever did; because, if they had, they would never have been blessed of the Spirit to feel lost, for it is God's Spirit that tells us we are lost, and shows us no Christ or surety at first."  (pg. 80- emphasis mine)

When God's Spirit tells a sinner that he is lost, and convicts him of the fact, is he telling the sinner the truth? If such conviction is evidence of a saved and justified state, then is the Spirit not bearing witness to a falsehood? Notice that the writer says "for it is God's Spirit that tells us we are lost."

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