Posted on

The Utter Depravity of Human Nature

(Tenet No. 2)

1. Into what state was a man brought when God made him?
God made man in His own image, and after his own likeness. (Gen. 1:26-28)

2. What is God’s chief aim with man?
That man should glorify God and enjoy His fellowship forever. (Matt. 4:10)

3. How did man fall from his first estate?
By being disobedient to God, and eating from the forbidden tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen. 2:16, 17, 3:6, Rom. 5:19)

4. What happened to our first parents through their disobedient?
They fell from original righteousness, tried to hide from God, and were driven by God from the garden. (Gen. 3:7,8 & 24)

5. What effect has the fall of our first parents upon all mankind?
”By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom. 5:12)

6. Is human nature utterly depraved through the fall?
Yes. Man’s heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. In himself his inclination is after wickedness and not after God. (Jer. 17:9, Rom. 3:10-18)

7. Is it not true that many acts of man seem good?
Yes, but they have no redemptive value because they are not brought for God’s glory (Isa. 64:6, Rom. 3:9,10)

8. Can man by his own power and endeavour please God?
No. His depraved nature renders this impossible, because it is in itself, enmity against God. (Rom. 7:18, 8:7,8)

9. What is the penalty if man remains in sin?
He will remain under the condemnation and wrath of God, and will be separated from God everlasting into out darkness and the lake of fire. (John 3:36, Matt. 8:12, Rev. 20:15)

10. Is there any escape from the wrath of God and its consequences?
Yes. through the redemptive work of Christ, but if that way of salvation is rejected in this life, there is no escape after death. (Heb. 2:3, Luke 16:26).