Welcome to Chapter 1: The Sinnerís Need of Christ
Why does sinner need help?
Why only Christ could provide that remedy?
Mankind was originally:
endowed with noble abilities with a well-balanced mind perfect in their being in harmony with God with pure thoughts and holy aims.
Humanity was made captive by Satan
After they sinned, our first parents could no longer find joy in holiness. Furthermore, they sought to hide from the presence of God. Such is still the condition of the unrenewed heart. We are not in harmony with God, and find no joy in communion with Him. The sinners could not be happy in Godís presence. They would shrink from the companionship of holy beings. There thoughts, interests and motives, would be alien to those that actuate the sinless dwellers there. Heaven would be to them a place of torture.
It is no arbitrary dictate on the part of God that excludes the wicked from heaven. They are shut out by their own unfitness for its companionship. The glory of God would be to them a consuming fire. They would welcome destruction, that they might be hidden from the face of Him who died to redeem them. Moreover, human race would have remained so forever had not God specially interposed. Satan would point to all this evil he caused such as:
state of misery and degradation darkness, accusations, deceptions and lies alienation and damnation lack of satisfaction and crashed by the weight of gilt no future but death as the result of Godís work in creating man.
The Sinnerís Need of Christ
It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape from the pit of sin in which we are sunken. Our hearts are evil, and we cannot change them.
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
In other words, unless he or she receives a new heart, desires, purposes and motives, all leading to a new life, they cannot see the kingdom of God. There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before men can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ.
Those who have experienced the love of Christ cannot be idlers in the Masterís vineyard. They will see opportunities for helping others in their steps to Christ. Partaking of Christís love, they will labor for the souls of others. Let every soul copy the Pattern, and become missionaries in the highest sense, winning souls to Jesus.
May we all Repent, Confess, Grow up into Christ, and Rejoice in the Lord.