Mankind Dead in Sins
God made man
good and very good (Gen. 1:31). He made man in His own image
(Gen. 1:26,27). In this condition man was without sin.
God put man
in the garden of Eden and gave him everything that he needed. God
gave man only one negative command -- He told man not to eat of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that if man did eat of
this tree he would die (Gen. 2:17).
tempted the woman and told her that she would not die if she ate of
the forbidden fruit. The woman believed Satan and ate; she also
gave some to her husband and he ate (Gen. 3:6; I John 2:16). The
woman was actually deceived by Satan, but Adam was not -- he simply
rebelled against God's commandment (I Tim. 2:14).
Now Adam and
Eve did not drop dead on the spot even though God had told them that
on the day that they ate they would surely die (Gen. 2:17). We know
that God is not a liar, so what did He mean when He said that they
would surely die?
with they began to die physically the very day that they
ate. They became subject to infirmities, sickness, and the aging
process which finally killed them. Scientists and doctors have
tried for centuries to halt the aging process in mankind but have
never been able to do it. Literally, "man is born to die." (Job
14:1-5; Psalm 90:10; Psalm 103:15; I Peter 1:24; James 4:14).
physical death is basically the separation of the soul from the body
more important, Adam and Eve died in another way the very day in
which they disobeyed God. This death was the separation of man from
God. Before sinning, man had enjoyed fellowship with God; after
sinning man no longer had this fellowship with God (Gen 3:7-13).
physical death and the death of separation from God are a result of
sin (Romans 5:12; James 1:1
sin make sinners out of all the other people who would be born?
#1 is answered "yes", then why is this so? (Job 14:4)
are conceived in their mothers' wombs are they conceived pure
and sinless or are they conceived as sinners? (Psalms 51:5
ever die in infancy? If so, what brings about their death?
anything in the Bible about an age of accountability at age 12
or any other age? If so, where is it found?
I want to
make it plain that God can and does save infants who die in
infancy. He saved David's child (II Samuel 12:23). Whether God
saves all infants who die in infancy we don't know because the Bible
doesn't say either yes or no and we are not to argue
when the Bible is silent.
One thing is
sure from Scripture and that is that babies are born sinners. If
they are saved it is by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
hope of an infant dying in infancy is salvation as believed and
taught from the Scriptures by the Primitive Baptist Churches. Most
other people teach that a person must hear and accept the gospel in
order to be saved. This is impossible in the case of an infant.
Scriptures teach that God can give eternal life to an infant in its
mother's womb (Luke 1:41,44) or to a very small baby on its mother's
breast (Psalm 22:9). But we must not let this blind us to the fact
that babies are sinners. God hated Esau while he was still in his
mother's womb (Romans 9:10-13). We must not question God.
Mankind Dead in Sins
fell into sin and died the death of separation from God, he also
fell under the wrath of God (John 3:36; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 9:22; Eph.
2:3; I Thess. 1:10). This wrath of God is a terrible thing and
those who have to endure it will be in torments forever in hell
(Mark 9:44). This terrible penalty is a result of sin, which is
rebellion against God. If a person dies in his sins, he will have
to endure this terrible wrath (John 8:21,24). This shows how very
terrible the fall into sin in the garden of Eden really was. The
only hope anyone has of escaping this terrible penalty is in the
lord Jesus Christ.
When man is
in this condition of being dead in sin, he is completely dead to the
things of God. He is not just sick -- he is completely dead in
trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1,5). While in this condition, a man
may have physical life but be completely dead as far as
understanding spiritual things are concerned. He can eat, sleep, go
to church, even read the Bible -- but he can't really know, love, or
appreciate the things of God. He can hear and understand a sermon
but he can't really understand it in its deepest sense (John
8:43,47). He simply cannot understand the things of the Spirit of
God because he does not have the Spirit of God in Him (I Cor.
man, dead in sins, may be very religious and may do many good works,
but he doesn't do them for the right reason. The Pharisees were
very religious but many of them were not God's children (John
8:13-24). A true spiritually alive child of God will serve God from
the heart because he loves Him. A dead sinner may outwardly serve
God, but he cannot serve Him from the heart, for his heart is dead
sinner can't save himself; he can't even help save himself;
he can't even meet God halfway; he can't even cooperate with God in
Can a man
dead in sins "accept Jesus Christ" as his personal Saviour? Why
or why not?
Can you tell
if a man is dead in sins by looking at him?
Can a very
intelligent man, dead in sins, understand the Bible better than
a real dumb, spiritually alive child of God? Why or why not?
think of some reasons why a dead sinner might like to go to
Why would a
dead sinner give a lot of money to the church or to some other
Mankind Dead in Sins
When man fell into sin his nature became
corrupt. By this we mean that his disposition, his desires,
his appetites became prone to evil. Man's very nature -- his
very instinct, was to do evil (in the Bible sense, everything which
is not done to the glory of God is evil). Man does not sin in
order to become a sinner -- he sins because he is a sinner.
Man, in his natural state, loves sin (Matt. 12:33; Matt. 15:19; John
While in this state man's will is a slave to
man's nature. So no man has a free will. There is no
such thing as a free moral agent. For example: place a piece
of raw meat and a bowl of cereal in front of a lion. Which
will he choose? The raw meat, of course. Why?
Because he is by nature a meat eating animal. In a
sense he was free to choose either the cereal or the meat, but in
another sense he was not really free because he was
controlled by his nature. Likewise, a spiritually dead sinner
choose to do evil, he will always rebel against the demands of
Christ in his life. He will always reject the gospel.
Outwardly he may appear pleasant and good, but inwardly, he is
always bad. And even his outward good works are bad in God's
eyes. This is because "whatsoever is not of faith is sin."
(Rom. 14:23). The spiritually dead sinner does not have faith
so everything he does is sinful in the eyes of God (Heb. 11:6; II
Why is even
the action of a dead sinner when he is working at his normal
occupation sin in the eyes of God? (Prov. 21:4).
God accept Cain's sacrifice? (Gen. 4:2-5; Heb. 11:4; I
John3;12; Prov. 15:8).
When we say
that man doesn't really have a free will, does this mean that
God makes him sin? (Acts 4:26-28; Acts 2:23; Prov. 16:4; James
spiritually dead sinners sin are they doing what they want to
do? (Rom. 1:32; John 3:19).
Matthew 7:15-20 mean? (I John 4:2,3).
Mankind Dead in Sins
of a spiritually dead sinner is affected by sin. Since this is a
very misunderstood subject, let us see what we do not
mean by the above statement.
We do NOT mean that:
. . . the
sinner is completely without a moral conscience. Even the dead
sinner has a certain sense of right and wrong (Rom. 1:32). Even
criminals have a certain code of ethics.
. . . the
mere natural man does not have any of those qualities which are
considered good according to human standards. A mere natural
man may in fact be considered an outstanding citizen in his
community (I Cor. 13:2,3; Matt. 7:22,23).
. . .
every man is by nature prone to every form of sin.
This would not be possible, because some forms of sin exclude
others. For example the sin of stinginess may exclude the sin
of luxury -- the sin of pride may exclude the sin of adultery or
. . . men
are by nature unable of engaging in acts that are outwardly
conformed to the law of God (Luke 18:11,12).
. . . men
are as corrupt as they might be. Men may and do grow worse and
worse (II Tim. 3:13). The potential for every form of
evil is in the heart of the sinner, but he may not have fully
developed this potential.
some good qualities that a dead sinner may have? Are these
considered good in the eyes of man or good in the eyes of God?
think of a reason why a dead sinner might live a good life so
far as sexual morality is concerned?
some dead sinners not commit murder?
some dead sinners not be drunkards?
think of at least one man in the Bible who outwardly kept the
law of God even while he was dead in trespasses and in sins?
Why did he keep God's law while he was in this condition?
Are all dead
sinners lazy and slothful? Why would a dead sinner be a hard
already supposed to have memorized Rom 5:12 which shows that Adam
passed sin down to the whole human race. Let us now memorize Psalm
51:5 which shows that David and all other people are born into the
world as sinners.
Salvation by Grace
entirely by the grace of God. The Bible tells us, "For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast." (Eph.
2:8,9). This scripture sets grace in contrast with works.
In fact, salvation can't be by a combination of grace and works
because it would no longer be salvation by grace (Rom. 11:6).
The main idea in grace, then, is "kindness which bestows upon one
what he has not deserved."
also set in contrast to the law, therefore if salvation comes by
grace, then salvation does not come by the individual keeping the
law of God (John 1:17).
say, "Yes, I believe in salvation by grace. I don't believe
that man gets salvation by his works. But I do believe that
man must exercise his will and accept Jesus Christ as his
personal saviour." But the Scriptures plainly teach that
salvation is not by the works of man nor by the will
of man (Rom. 9:16). Salvation is the work of God alone.
to be so because man by nature is dead in trespasses and in sin and
can do absolutely nothing to save himself, to help
save himself, or to even cooperate in his salvation (Eph.
God, in his
mercy and for reasons known only to Himself chose or elected a
people before the foundation of the world and determined that He
would save them from their sins (Eph. 1:4; II Tim. 1:9). Some
people say that God has a book of life and that He writes people's
names in it as they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
This is not true. God had all the names of His elect people
written in the book of life before the world began (Rev. 17:8).
God did not choose or elect some people because they were better
than others. He simply chose some according to His good
pleasure and didn't choose others according to His good pleasure
(Rom. 9:11-24). We are not to question God about this but we
are to trust Him.
or chosen people were still sinners so something had to be done to
remove their sins from them. Jesus Christ came and paid for
the sins of the elect when He died on the cross. He didn't die
for everyone. He died for the chosen or the elect only.
And everyone for whom Christ died will be saved eternally in heaven.
Christ is not a failure. He did just exactly what He intended
to do (John 6:39; John 10:11; John 17:2; Matt. 1:21; John 8:47; John
10:26; Matt. 20:28).
His death on the cross, provided salvation for all His people.
But that salvation actually has to be brought to them. This is
the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings the elect
to Christ to receive spiritual life. As the Holy Spirit calls,
those who are called always come because the call is so powerful
(John 6:37, 44; John 3:8; John 10:27-30).
people are born again, or have eternal life, then God preserves them
in grace so that they can never lose their salvation. They may
stumble and fall but the Lord will always pick them up again.
When they die their spirit will go to God and their bodies will
return to dust. At the resurrection their bodies will be
raised and glorified; their bodies and spirits will be rejoined and
they will be eternally happy in the presence of God. (Phil. 1:6;
John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:28-39; John 6:39,44).
is not an instrument that brings about the new birth. But
a person is born again then he is able to respond to the gospel
in a positive way. The gospel does not give spiritual life but
manifests spiritual life. The Lord has to touch the heart of
a person before he can truly accept and embrace the teachings
of the gospel (II Tim. 1:10; Acts 16:14).
To try to
show the work of each person in the Trinity in the work of
salvation, let us give a homely illustration:
Father is the architect who drew up the plan of salvation. He
designed it perfectly in every detail. He did this before the
world began. God the Son was the Contractor of the work of
redemption. He took the plan drawn up by the Father before the
foundation of the world and built the house of salvation by coming
into this world, living perfectly before the Father, and dying the
death of the cross.
Spirit is the One who actually gets God's people and puts them into
possession of the house of salvation. He does this when He
causes them to be born again.
Scripture, this work of the Trinity can be seen in I Peter 1:2.
We have memorized Romans 5:12 and Psalm 51:5. Let us now
memorize Ephesians 2:1 and I Corinthians 2:14.
following article should be read and studied before proceeding to
DEAD MEN CAN'T SEE
A Study of I
The Natural Man
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him: Neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned." This passage from I Cor. 2:14 tells us
that the natural man (the man who has not been born from above by
the Holy Spirit) is totally unable to receive or even to understand
anything of a truly spiritual nature. The natural man may be
extremely intelligent and well-read; he may be very cultural and
sophisticated; he may be artistic and able to converse in several
languages -- but he cannot understand even one small spiritual truth
while he remains in his natural state.
This man may
read the Bible and even memorize whole chapters from it, but he
cannot really grasp its true and deepest meaning. This man may
go through the motions of prayer, but he is not really praying as
far as God is concerned.
Why is this
natural man does not have spiritual life. He is totally dead
to the entire realm of the Holy Spirit. How did the get to be
this way? The first man on the earth, Adam, disobeyed God's
command and brought death -- both spiritual and physical death --
down upon the entire race of mankind. The Apostle Paul states
the case in Romans 5:12 -- "Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin
entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon
all men, for that all have sinned."
natural man has physical life but he is spiritually dead. In
the Bible this is called being "dead in trespasses and sins." (Eph.
2:1). All men are nothing more than natural men from their
very conception, and they remain this way unless God gives them
spiritual life. David even said, "Behold, I was shapen in
iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Psalm 51:5).
do not realize how very dead they are!
talked to a group of these natural men who didn't realize that as
far as spiritual things were concerned, they were utterly dead.
He was speaking to a group of Pharisees, the religious leaders of
the day. He said, "Why do ye not understand my speech?
Even because ye cannot hear my word." (John 8:43). This is a
remarkable statement. These men did actually hear the words
spoken by Jesus, yet Jesus said that they didn't hear His words.
Furthermore, he said that they could not hear His words.
So there must have been a deeper level of hearing that went beyond
the mere physical sound of Jesus' voice. And as far as this
level was concerned, these Pharisees were dead, even though they had
And they are
not the only ones who are dead.
"He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not,
because ye are not of God." (John 8:47). So only the people of
God can really hear and spiritually understand the
words of God. They are foolishness to everyone else.
I would like
to ask a question. Are God's words foolish to you?
Alive, Yet Dead
How can a
man have physical life, be intelligent and active, and yet be dead
to the things of God? Why is a man who is able to comprehend
physical realities unable to do the same with spiritual phenomena?
The simple answer is this: "He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (I John 5:12).
So a man may have tremendous physical vitality and be as dead as a
stone to the true realities. This explains why many scientists with
very high levels of intelligence are able to deny the things of God
and some of them actually deny the very existence of God. They
may be very brilliant men but they are also dead men.
that, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of
God." (John 3:3). All men are natural men and nothing more at
conception. But God gives spiritual life to some by causing
them to be born again, and then they are able to see and understand
the glorious realities of the kingdom of God. Then they are
possessors of both natural and spiritual life. And it must be
added that a man is no more able to obtain spiritual life by his own
efforts than he is to obtain natural life on his own. The
giving of spiritual life is wholly the work of God who gives
spiritual life to whom He pleases (Rom. 9:15).
better understand the mystery of how a man can be alive physically
but dead to spiritual things at the same time, let us consider the
following: A dog has natural life. There are many things
that a dog has in common with a man. They both eat, they run,
they breathe, they play, they hunt, etc. but when it comes to
the world of rational thought and speech, the dog is dead to
the man's world of thought.
manner, a man may have physical life and be able to function
brilliantly in the world of thought, but, at the same time, be
completely dead in so far as the spiritual realm is concerned.
A natural man and a "born-again" spiritual man have much in common.
They both have physical needs and appetites; they both operate on a
high intellectual level and are able to think in the abstract.
They can both communicate with speech and can work with mathematics.
They can both marry and raise families. There is so much that
they have in common. But when they reach the limit of natural
realities and enter the threshold of the things of God, the purely
natural man must stop. He cannot enter here.
He is not
equipped to do so. He is dead to this world!
natural man is as dead to the things of the Spirit as the dog is
dead to the man's world of the intellect.
natural man may read the Bible, may learn all of its original
languages, may make a close study of its grammar, and still not
really understand what God is saying in it. He may think
that he understands -- many of those Pharisees thought that they
understood, too, but Jesus said that they did not understand His
speech and could not even hear His word (John 8:43).
On the other
hand, the most ignorant and handicapped child of God can understand
more of the true meaning of Scripture and other spiritual
things than the most brilliant of natural men. In fact, the
natural man can understand exactly nothing of the true import
of Scripture. Jesus said in this regard: "I thank thee, O
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou has hid these things
form the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."
spiritual man will love the Lord God; it is impossible for the
natural man to do so.
spiritual man has repented of his evil ways and turned to God for
mercy. Have you repented toward God? Do you feel the
need of repentance? The natural man does not even feel the
need of repentance.
The Case of the
Dead Bible Scholar
I have on my
desk a book written by a very brilliant and learned student of the
Bible. In his own words he says that this book "is the outcome
of an endeavor which has extended over forty years to discover who
the man Jesus Christ really was." It seems wonderful that a
man would spend forty years of hard labor to find Jesus Christ. The
only problem is that from all appearances the author is a dead
man. He did not find the real Lord Jesus Christ, the Son
of God, because he did not have eyes to see or ears with which to
hear. He did not seek Jesus because he wished to adore and
worship Him, but that he might blaspheme Him and tell lies about
Him. What this man has written in his book shows so clearly
that Jesus Christ can't be found by the natural man, no matter how
brilliant and studious he may be.
The name of
the scholar is Hugh J. Schonfield. the name of his book is
The Passover Plot. Let us examine a part of it. We
may gain some insight into the workings of the mind of the natural
man. This man thinks he is a free agent (all natural men make
a loud boast of their vaunted freedom). But to all appearances
he is an abject slave to Satan and to sin. Satan is the real
author of all the lies about the Son of God which he promotes in his
book. Schonfield states that as a youth, the Person of Jesus
greatly attracted him (p. 12). But what a morbid attraction it
proved to be! He was not like the Wise Men who wanted to find
Jesus to worship Him; rather, he was like King Herod who wanted to
find Jesus that he might hurt and kill him.
man's diligent search he even made a translation of the Christian
Scriptures from the original Greek. But in the process he
denied that the Scriptures are the inspired word of God (p. 14).
He does this primarily because he wishes to do away with the
miraculous element in the New Testament. He wants to deal with
Jesus merely as a man of flesh and blood and to explain Him apart
from being the divine Son of God. This is a common tactic
among men who are dead in trespasses and in sins.
away with the supernatural he denies that Jesus Christ was born of
Mary the virgin (p. 48). This is a flat denial of the
Scriptures (Matt. 1:18-25), and amounts to calling God a liar.
To use his own words, Schonfield says: "There was nothing
peculiar about the birth of Jesus. He was not God incarnate
and no Virgin Mother bore him. The Church in its ancient zeal
fathered a myth and became bound to it as dogma" (p. 50).
The Fairy Dust of
A blind man
cannot see. A man dead in sin cannot receive
spiritual things. Jesus, in speaking to His disciples about
the Holy Spirit, said: "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him .
. ." (John 14:17). All that a purely natural man can see is
limited to the natural world. The things of the Spirit appear
as utter foolishness to him. Schonfield shows his utter
inability to "see" in the following statement: "With the birth
stories of Jesus, and of John the Baptist also, we pass directly
from the world of sober reality into the world of fairy tale" (p.
49); a horribly blasphemous statement that reveals the author's
complete blindness. But then, even though he means to be
irreverent and sarcastic, he unwittingly utters a great truth. He
says, "All we need is the application to our eyes of the fairy dust
called faith to enable us to see and acknowledge this."
meant to be sarcastic but what he said contained a great truth.
Men cannot see without faith. Not all men have faith (II Thess.
3:2). Men cannot please God without faith (Heb. 11:6).
No one has the ability to just reach out and get faith.
Faith is a gift of God's grace (Eph. 2:8). God sovereignly
gives this gift to whomever He pleases and withholds it at His
pleasure (Rom 9:15,16). As far as true Christians are
concerned, "We walk by faith, not by sight" (II Cor. 5:7).
This is why one with faith can believe the account of miracles in
the Bible and those, like Schonfield, who have only natural sight,
are utterly incapable of such belief. This lack of faith is
what makes the Bible such a strange book to him.
The Passover Plot
main thesis is that Jesus thought He was the Messiah.
He planned His life so that it would be a fulfillment of the Old
Testament Scriptures. He even planned His death on the cross,
but he arranged that a narcotic would be given Him so that He would
just appear to be dead. He also arranged that someone would
take Him down, put Him in a cave-tomb, and revive Him. Then He
would appear as if He had risen from the dead. Schonfield
says, however, that when the Roman soldier thrust his spear into
Jesus' side that He was wounded so badly, He revived just long
enough to give some last minute instructions and then He died never
to rise again.
of this plan Schonfield says, "A conspiracy had to be organized of
which the victim was himself the deliberate secret instigator.
It was a nightmarish conception and undertaking, the outcome of the
frightening logic of a sick mind, or a genius" (p. 132).
difficult to see how more blasphemous ideas could be entertained or
more ungodly words could be written. If anyone doubts this
conclusion he has good reason to wonder whether he has eyes to see
or ears to hear.
What do you
think the Almighty God thinks of these words written about the Son
of God who took on Himself a body of flesh and lived, suffered, and
died on behalf of His people? What do you think the Lord will
do about such words as these? What would you men do if someone
called your wife a whore? Would you just smile and shake his
hand and agree with him? If you did, what kind of a an excuse
for a man would you consider yourself to be? What do you think
the God of heaven will do to one who calls His Son a liar and a
fraud and never repents of it?
mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." (Rom. 12:19)
Satan is no
fool. He will do anything he can to win the favor of God's
people and, like the spider, entice them into his net. We must
beware. Schonfield says a lot of nice things about Jesus, but
this must mean nothing to us when we consider the total impact of
his message. He does this to gain the sympathy of a Christian
audience. It is as if someone tortured and killed your family
and then said, "Oh, what a lovely family you had."
And even in
the nice things that this dead man says about Jesus, he lies.
For instance: "We have to accept the absolute sincerity of
Jesus. But this does not require us to think of him as
omniscient and infallible" (p. 41). Or again: "The
historical Jesus has always been there for the finding, not
faultless, not inerrant, not divine, but magnificently human" (p.
that He was the divine Son of God. Schonfield says that Christ
is a liar.
"Let God be
true, but every man a liar..." (Rom. 3:4).
was a mere man there is no hope for us; there is nothing but
despair. Paul tells us the full implications of this:
"And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your
faith is also vain . . . And if Christ be not raised, your faith is
vain; ye are yet in your sin . . . If in this life only we
have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable" (1 Cor.
thankful that I do not share the blasphemy of this dead man,
Schonfield. My God is the God of the Scriptures. He
lives and moves. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev.
19:16) I believe Him when He says, "I am he that liveth, and
was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the
keys of hell and death" (Rev. 1:18).
believe this, I want to say, "Alleluia: for the Lord God
omnipotent reigneth" (Rev. 19:6).
Hear?--Can You See?
Do you share
this faith in a triumphant, resurrected, reigning Christ, whom you
acknowledge as Lord? If so, then, "Blessed are your eyes, for
they see: and your ears, for they hear" (Matt. 13:16).
Are you an
unbeliever? If so, then remember that, "the Lord Jesus shall
be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with
everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the
glory of His power" (II Thess. 1:7-9).
Mankind Dead in Sins
assignment for this time was to read
Dead Men Can't See
by Bro. Zack Guess. This is a study of the truth contained in
I Cor. 2:14. After reading this, let us answer the following
the Scriptures, what is a natural man?
things of God are foolishness to a person, what does that
indicate to us about that person?
Jesus mean in John 8:43 when He said, "Ye cannot hear my word?"
What has to
be done to a man before he is able to really understand and
appreciate the things of God?
some of the things that a natural man and a born again spiritual
man have in common? What are some of the things they don't
have in common?
natural men commonly deny the miracles in the Bible?
Why is it
dangerous when someone writes a lot of nice things about Jesus
Christ, but also writes some very wrong things about Him?
(See II Cor. 11:13-15.)
John 8:47 and Romans 3:23
memorized Romans 5:12, Ps. 51:5, Eph. 2:1, and I Cor. 2:14.
Let us now memorize John 8:47 and Rom. 3:23.
Mankind Dead in Sins
became dead in sins, every part of him was affected.
Therefore, there is no part of man that is able to respond to
God while man is in this condition of being dead in sin. There
no good left in man -- not even a slight spark. Sin has
affected every faculty of man's being just as a drop of poison would
affect every molecule of a glass of water. Sin has stained
every faculty in man, and thus it affects his every act.
examination of the Scriptures will abundantly show that sin has
warped every faculty in man:
The mind is depraved.
The heart is depraved.
Man is depraved in his
affections or desires.
The conscience is
Psalm 58:3 & Romans
The speech is depraved
Even the feet are
Romans 3:10-19 &
Man is depraved from
head to foot.
is thus totally depraved or completely dead in trespasses and sins,
he cannot, until quickened by the Spirit of God, turn from
sin to God in Godly repentance and faith (Jer. 13:23; John 6:44,65;
doctrine that we have been studying has sometimes been called the
doctrine of Total Depravity or Total Inability.
expression "let your conscience be your guide" a safe one to go
by? Why or why not?
heart is deceitful, what is the only safe guide we can use to
govern our lives by?
Why did the
chief priests and Pharisees want to kill both Jesus and Lazarus,
even though they knew that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the
dead? (John 11:47-53 & 12:10,11; Acts 4:16,17)
Why will the
world experience trouble and bloodshed until the Lord Jesus
We have memorized Rom. 5:12; Ps.
51:5; I Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1; Rom. 3:23; and John 8:47. For our
last verse on this subject let us memorize Rom. 3:10. This
will give us seven basic Scriptures on this subject which will
enable us to witness to others and to defend this Scripture truth.