People like to compare themselves with one another. I'm better, or I live in the best country, but in reality all people are sinners in need of forgiveness. Until a person has been born again they are still a sinner.
The difference between a believer and an unbeliever is that the person who has not been born of God (the unbeliever) loves their sin, whereas a person that has been born of God cannot sin without being convicted by the holy Spirit within them. It's not that believers don't sin, but when we do we have an advocate, Jesus Christ (1 Jn 2.1). When we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1.9). Christ is the propitiation or appeasement for our sin because of his death on the cross (1 Jn 2.2). He makes amends for us. Isn't this great news?
Sadly not many are being born of God because the gospel (good news) is not being preached as it ought to be. Therefore His atonement for them is not being realized. In fact, the gospel has been replaced by man's 'plan of salvation' in the evangelical movement (See PLAN OF SALVATION on www.preach-the-gospel.org.), and the catholics don't believe the gospel has to be told to another in person by mouth as the Apostle Paul and Christ's other disciples in the bible did. The Apostle Paul writes, "Pray for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel....that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak (Eph 6.19-20).
The gospel that the Apostle Paul received and preached is clearly defined in his second letter to the Corinthian believers: "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand... I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; "And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15.3-4). We too can preach this same gospel and get the same results as the Apostle Paul when we ask another if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) and tell them - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)."
We make a great difference in the life of another by telling them the good news. Preaching the gospel to another in person with our mouth allows them to believe on Christ and be saved (See SAVED for a definition of 'saved' on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). Then they too have the holy Spirit living in their heart to convict them of their sin; and they have an advocate, Jesus Christ, who appeases God's wrath through his death on the cross.
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