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The Spiritual Inability of Unsaved Man

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2 Questions: How serious is the sin-condition of unsaved mankind? --and-- are they able to cooperate and somewhat deserve salvation?

1. In Romans 3:9, we see that all mankind is "under sin," meaning we are controlled by sin. In addition, Paul says in Eph. 2:3, that humans are "by nature" children of wrath, meaning that we even begin life with a nature that is fundamentally evil, which is why it is called the "sinful nature" in this verse. So, contrary to the popular view that man is basically good, the Bible teaches that man is basically sinful, and in no degree deserves salvation.

2. We humans may do relatively moral and good things, but compared to God's moral perfection, "all our righteous acts are like filthy rags" (Isa.64:6). ..."there is no one who does good, not even one" (Ro.3:12). "No one is good --except God alone" (Lk.18:19).

3. It isn't that man merely does sinful deeds, but that human motives, heart and desires are evil before any deed is done. In Noah's day, God considered man, and he saw that "every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time" (Gen.6:5). So man's mind and will are fundamentally directed and controlled by sin. - [Though this doesn't mean humans are as evil as is possible.]

4. Read Romans 3:11,18 - The unsaved man never seeks God. - No unsaved person desires to know the true God for who he really is.

5. Read John 8:43,47 - The unsaved man (unregenerate) is not able to hear or accept the spiritual truths Christ/God has spoken or revealed.

6. Read 1Cor.2:14 - The unsaved man is not able to understand or grasp the truths and things of God. --(no matter how clearly explained.)

7. Read 2Cor.4:4 - The unsaved man is not able to see the light of the gospel. --(no matter how "brightly" we might proclaim it).

8. Read Rom. 8:7 - The unsaved man is a hostile enemy (5:10) to God. He is not able to submit to God ...and he wants it this way.

9. Read John 15:23 - The unsaved man hates (and rejects) the true God and Jesus the God-man (7:7) ...and freely chooses this condition.

10. Read Ephesians 2:1 - The non-believer is dead in sin, spiritually. -- So, can a truly dead man "cooperate" or respond favorably in any way to one who would save him? No. -- Thus, an unregenerate man cannot choose to be saved; God must first change his heart and regenerate him.

So, if we fully grasp and accepts the above truths, how serious is man's condition? We must say that unregenerate man who is left unchanged in his sin-condition is not able to desire, hear, understand, seek or respond positively to God or the gospel. ...So, when God changes the human heart and saves men out of their willingly sin-enslaved condition, how great is that salvation? Heb.2:3 says it's very "GREAT"!

Thus, by grasping the hopeless depth out of which Christ saves people, we most greatly magnify what are called the "Doctrines of Grace" as we deeply thank the Lord for our salvation. --We diminish the magnitude of God's grace if we don't grasp or admit all unsaved man's enmity and rebellion toward God. --And if you forget this page while proceeding to read other pages in this Sovereign Grace/Predestination site, you will not grasp them. -- Salvation is by grace alone: Ephesians 2:8-9 Titus 3:5

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