The Condition of Man

Everyone Is Dead Through Sin

What condition are we in? Are we as good, sweet and perfect as we think we are?

12 So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned– Romans 5:12, NET©

Humankind was originally created good and alive. Spiritually alive so that we had a relationship with God. With the fall of sin at the beginning of creation, mankind died, spiritually, we were cut off from God. Through the sin of Adam against God, death came into the world. Death separated us from God, and all descendants of Adam have part of this as their inheritance. Hence everyone is wicked doing evil, which is part of our nature: the fallen nature of Adam. Also known as original sin.

The Wicked Heart

17:9 The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?… 15:19 For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19, NET©

It is in the heart that we humans have our thoughts and feelings, that is where we make make our plans and decisions. All evil we see in the earth today; war, misery, violence and oppression is rooted in the hearts of mankind. Someone had an evil desire and setup a plan accordingly, someone else made the choice to act selfishly at the expense of others. All of this is unrighteousness, and it all originates from the chronically ill heart of us individuals.

Slave to Sin

34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin.” John 8:34, NET©

Everyone have sinned, because of the nature we inherited from Adam. Through the evil of our hearts, we practice sin against each other in all our ways, habits and actions. Because of that, we are sold as slaves to sin. Sin is such a burden that we are incapable of changing it. We can only go in one direction, and that is what the nature of sin desires of us, wickedness!

Children of Wrath

3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest… Ephesians 2:3, NET©

Because we are evil and practice sin, there is a wrath from God for that sin. This anger is aimed at the practitioners of evil, the whole humanity on an individual basis. All of us are under the judgment, and will receive our fair share of the wrath of God at the judgment day, coming at the end of this age. Everyone is therefore under the wrath of God.

Total Depravity

10 just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, 11 there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.Romans 3:10-12, NET©

No one is righteous, everyone has the nature of sin, and everyone has sinned at least once, and followed their own selfish desires. And no one gets away with it. The whole humankind, every individual has fallen away from God. Everyone is totally corrupted by nature and can not do anything about it. That is total depravity!

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