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Chapter Three: Total Depravity(pg 7 of 29)

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Chapter 3. TOTAL DEPRAVITY

              a. General. The Bible teaches that Adam fell from a state of innocence when he disobeyed God. Adam's sin and fall affected all humanity because his sin and the resulting sin nature are imputed to all his posterity, which is the entire human family. As a result of the fall of Adam, human nature is totally corrupt and sinful. In this fallen state, mankind has no desire or will to recover himself from the consequences of the fall; and even if he did have the will, he does not have the ability to recover or change himself. In summary, all humanity of every age is by nature totally depraved and deserving of God's eternal wrath.  

               b. Proof Scriptures. The primary proof scriptures that declare the total depravity of all humanity include the following:

Psalms 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Romans 3:9-12 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

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

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  

               c. Mankind's Original State. In his original state as created by God, mankind was innocent and without sin:
Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  
               d. Mankind's Fall. Mankind fell from his original created state when Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. It is not as important to know what the actual sin of Adam was as it is to know that the nature of the sin that caused the fall of all humanity was Adam's disobedience of God!

Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Romans 5:12 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:  

               e. Consequences of The Fall. The result and consequence of Adam's disobedience and the resulting fall of all mankind was that all mankind is dead in trespasses and sins. In the fallen state all of mankind stands guilty before God and deserves eternal separation and condemnation:

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

Psalms 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of is power;

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

               f. Adam and Christ. All that Adam represented when he sinned died in Adam--this is the entire human race. All that Christ represented when he died on the cross were saved by him and shall be born again and made alive by the acts of God--this is God's chosen family:

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Romans 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  

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