Where does mankind fit into the plan of God? What is man and what is his destiny? Today we look at humankind as part 6 of Essential doctrines of the Bible.

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God created man and woman in His spiritual, moral, and intellectual image (Genesis 1:27). Humans are made of body, soul, and spirit (I Thessalonians 5:23). The soul and spirit compose the eternal part of man, including intellect, personality, emotions, will, self-consciousness, intuition, conscience, and God-consciousness.

Originally, human nature was innocent and sinless, with a totally free will. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and thereby brought sin into the human race. Everyone is now born with a sinful nature—the compulsion to sin, the dominion of sin (Romans 3:9; 5:12, 19; 7:14). The sinful nature inevitably leads to sinful acts, resulting in condemnation. The Bible emphatically declares that all humans are sinners (I Kings 8:46; Proverbs 20:9; Isaiah 64:6). Everyone is under sin and is guilty before God (Romans 3:9, 19). “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

As a result, humanity is under the sentence of death, physically and spiritually. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). “Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). Death means separation, and the ultimate spiritual death is eternal separation from God.

Everyone needs salvation from sin and its penalty, death. And God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ.

From ‘Doctrines of the Bible’ by David K Bernard

Salvation? Part 7 is scheduled for 5 September 2009

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