Another paradox of sin is that sinners don’t believe they are sinners; however, they don’t believe they are divinely perfect but just not sinners in God’s site. This is evidenced by the myriad of religions in the world. Man, in an attempt to justify himself, creates religions with laws to keep that provide human assurance of their acceptance.
But unless the Holy Spirit brings conviction that they have sinned against the Holy God then they will die in their sins. God in His mercy sends His Holy Spirit to convict sinners that they are sinners. In fact, the best gift in a man’s life is for him to be convicted that he is a sinner. This is why Jesus teaches us to ask God for the Holy Spirit in Matthew 7:7-11 and Luke 11:9 – 13:
7 “[Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Man needs the Holy Spirit to convict him he is a sinner and not just once but as ongoing part of sanctification. Again, because of sin man does not believe he is a sinner which means man will not act to repent of sin, sinning and being a sinner. Man needs a power outside of himself to turn him from sin, sinning and being a sinner.
Man must believe he is hopeless and unable to act apart from the work of God in his life. It’s this hopelessness that he can’t stop sinning nor not be a sinner which leads men to cry out like in Acts 2:37, “What must we do” and to continue to cry out for God’s mercy that will lead us out of sin and into righteousness.
Remember, sin leads us to not believe we are sinners. If you still do not believe you are a sinner you remain dead in your sins.