THE NATURE OF MAN

The nature of man is "sinful."(I John 1:8) This sin brings on corruption and death.

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Romans 5:12

In sin we are dead.

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;" Ephesians 2:1

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" Colossians 2:13

So let me repeat in sin we are dead, that is, D.E.A.D. dead. Letís contemplate what it means to be dead. For one, I am helpless unable to do any thing for myself. Dead people cannot act on their own. In fact, a dead person canít do a damn thing. He is totally dependent on someone else to do anything for him. So in sin, I am dead, unable to act. God, though, in his mercy does the action for me and quickens me, as attested by the above scripture. This is an often-disliked concept sometimes called depravity or total depravity. Most people imagine themselves not dead in sin but rather sick in sin. That though sick, there is just enough strength in them to take the medicine that will save them. But with regards to my B.S.H. #3, I cannot find a term or concept such as "sick in sin" in Scripture. "Dead in sin" is much more consistent with Holy Scripture. More on this subject in future chapters.