I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26 (WEB)
The natural man, even at his best, is still a sinner (Psalm 39:5) because he is not born again (John 1:12-13; 3:3, 7; 1 Peter 1:23). When someone is a sinner, what he needs is not repentance but a new life in Christ Jesus. According to the Bible, a sinner is not someone who has committed sin. It’s wrong to sin but you’re not a sinner because you sinned! This may sound a little hard for some people’s theology but it’s the truth. Sin is not just an act; it’s a nature! You have to know that.
A man who is not born again is a sinner no matter how morally upright he may be. The nature of the first Adam, which is the nature of the devil, is passed on to every man that’s born into this world. That nature is the nature of sin. But God says, “a new heart and a spirit will I put within you”, meaning the sin nature is completely taken out when you’re born again. 2Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ, he IS a new creature!” Until you are born again, you remain a sinner, irrespective of your high level of moral and social decorum (Isaiah 64:4).
A sinner does not need forgiveness, because you can only be forgiven your acts of wrong. It is normal for sinners to sin; because that’s their nature just like it is normal for dogs to bark. What a sinner needs is remission of sins. There’s a great difference between the two. It’s only the man who is born again that qualifies to receive forgiveness and has the ability to repent. A sinner can’t repent.
To repent is to change your mind or your way of thinking and turn around from what you used to do. What a sinner needs is a recreation. He’s got to be born again, he needs a new life altogether. And that new life is in Christ. It’s pointless to keep reminding a sinner of his sins. It’s his nature to sin, he already knows he is a sinner; what he needs is the cure for sin – Righteousness. Tell him about the saving grace of Jesus; point him to the light because that’s what he needs!
If you’re reading this right now and are not yet born again, then I urge you to do so right now. Click this link.
God bless you!