By Curtis Pugh
By Curtis Pugh
While there is human goodness in people, the Bible and our own experience tell us that there is also much evil. So the question is this: just how bad off are we humans? From God's Word we learn that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). We are also assured that “There is none righteous, no, not one,” (Romans 3:10). The prophet wrote: “...we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags...” (Isaiah 64:6). Even the good that we humans sometimes do is often tinged with wrong motives: motives of selfishness, desire for recognition, etc.
This world would be an intolerable place if everyone was as bad as they could be. That is not the problem. The problem is this: each one of us – apart from the new birth – is as bad off as we could be. Why? Because each child of Adam was born spiritually dead. When God tested Adam with the forbidden fruit He told him, “...in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,” (Genesis 2:17). Adam did not die physically that day, but he did die spiritually that day. Because of this all his offspring were born alive physically, but dead spiritually. Paul verified this to be true when he wrote to Christians telling them what God had done for them. He wrote: “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;),” (Ephesians 2:5). Being born dead in sins means each individual is born as bad off as they could be. Physically dead persons can do nothing physically. Spiritually dead persons can do nothing spiritually. That is the meaning of being dead: the absence of life and all it entails.
The Lord Jesus Christ said, “...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10). The idea behind life more abundantly is not related to health and wealth, but to spiritual life rather than spiritual death. Of course spiritually dead people do not know they are spiritually dead. They have no basis of comparison having never experienced spiritual life. So it may be that some who see this article will say that they are not dead. How can they know, having never experienced life? And so it is that the Bible means nothing to many. They will not believe it because it is foolishness to them and because they cannot – they absolutely cannot understand it with profitability. The Bible specifically states these two reasons in 1 Corinthians 2:14: “But the 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.” The greatest religious teacher in Israel, Nicodemus, did not understand about spiritual life. Nevertheless, the Lord Jesus said to him, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again,” (John 3:7). Selah – think about it!
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