The Bible says that whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, but how shall they hear about the gospel without a preacher? The Bible also tells us that the Lord uses the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe. That is those who have been given ears to hear what the Spirit of God is saying.
Unless the Father draws a person to him by his Holy Spirit, humans in the sin nature will not have God in their thoughts. The nature of man apart from God is dead in trespasses and sins. A dead person cannot give himself life. The Adamic nature is SPIRITUALLY DEAD TO GOD and needs to be made alive to him.
Humans under sin by nature are also children of wrath by nature according to the Bible and must be born again by the Holy Spirit and given a new nature. The nature of God must be deposited in the human Spirit. Then they can willingly choose to obey God because they have come to their senses or have been given spiritual insight. In the same way that the demon possessed man with a legion of devils could choose Jesus after he was delivered from the power of Satan.
“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions desert.” Jeremiah 17 :9-10
“Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that SIN BY THE COMMANDMENT MIGHT BECOME EXCEEDINGLY SINFUL.” Romans 7:13,
Romans 8:7-8: “For the mind that is set on the flesh is HOSTILE [echthra-enmity, hatred] to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Genesis 6:5: “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Romans 3:10-11: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.”
1 Corinthians 2:14: “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
Ephesians 2:1-3: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were BY NATURE [physis-birth, physical origin, the force, laws, order of nature] children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”
John 8:34: “Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.’”
John 6:44: “[Jesus said,] ‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.’”
Mark 7:21-23: “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
John 3:19: “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.”
Psalms 51:5: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Psalms 58:3: “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.”
Job 15:14: What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
Jeremiah 13:23:”Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil “
John 6:64-65: “[Jesus said,] ‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’”
All people who are not born of God are under the power of the darkness of this world according to the Bible. They must be translated out of that darkness into the Kingdom of God. This is a divine sovereign act of God that cannot be done by human effort.
The Bible says that the unregenerate are slaves to sin, they cannot be free from their sin unless the Son sets them free. The people of the world sin because they are sinners. However, those born of God are given a new nature. The born of God nature. True Christians can choose to do good because their hearts have been made new. Christians are led by God, filled with his Spirit, motivated by him and walk in his ways.
“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Acts 13:48
John 1: 12, 13– But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God
John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Can a Christian still sin? Yes, they can because of still residing in the body that is not redeemed. Our Spirits are born again but the mind is renewed over time as we read God’s word that has the power to transform us into the image of Jesus Christ, line upon line and precept upon precept. Here a little there a little, from one degree of God’s glory into another. It is process and will continue until eternity. No Christian will ever in this life time become perfect. Only God is perfect.
The body of the Christian is DEAD BECAUSE OF SIN the Bible says. The body will be cast off in eternity or at the Rapture and we will be given glorified bodies that do not sin.
The born again Christian can sin but he will not like it. His heart which grieves God’s heart will seek after the Lord and God will help him. He will cleanse and restore and help his child grow up as a mature believer. A true Christian does not live a lifestyle of sin. A true Christian is sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise and will be kept by the power of God unto salvation. In eternity he will be completely restored having new bodies that are like Jesus’ new body. Once born again one cannot be unborn again. He will never be lost as God will keep him. He who has promised is faithful to keep his promise.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 1 John 3:9
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” II Corinthians 3:18
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans 4:4,5
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
The preaching of the word will either bring faith for salvation or judgment. Either way, the foolishness of preaching is God’s way to bring people to the knowledge of the truth.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:14,5
But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:16
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14-17