From our previous article on this subject of Man’s depravity, we establish the concept and basis of the fallen nature of man and stressed out the fact that God hate sin and every sin is punishable. Also, the general belief concerning the natural man is that man is born innocent and remains in this innocent state until a certain age or until some point in his life. Nevertheless, the Scriptures teach just the opposite. In fact, the Word of God states that man, each and every human being without exception, is a sinner from the time of conception. Click Here if you haven’t read (Man’s Depravity (I))
God never left Man helpless even in the face of the fallen nature of him caused by SIN that he yielded himself to when he was drawn by his own LUST according to James 1:14. What the is God’s solution to Man’s Depravity? How then can Man find help?
God’s Great Mercy
How it is then that man can stand before God holy and without blame? As we read what Paul told the church at Ephesus, we find that God chose us in Christ before the world began, predestinated us in love unto the adoption of children by this same Jesus, and made us accepted in the Beloved. By this Beloved One, Jesus, we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.
Why? Because this same Beloved One, according to the writer of Hebrews, said that He came to do the will of God; and because God had no pleasure in the blood of bulls and goats, He came to shed His own blood in order that we might go free (Hebrews 10:5-10). The reason that Jesus was made lower than the angels was in order that He could taste death. Because the children were partakers of flesh and blood, He took part of the same in order that we might go free (Hebrews 2:9-15). Therefore, if you have ever cried out unto God and called Him “Father” from a pure heart, it is because you were predestinated unto the adoption of children (Ephesians 1:5). When the fullness of time came, God sent His Son to redeem you. Because you are a son, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your heart and caused you to cry, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:4-6). Seeing this, you know that you are a son of God, because you cry unto God in the same fashion as His Beloved did in the Garden of Gethsemane when He too cried, “Abba, Father” (Mark 14:36). Thereby, having the Spirit of God in us, we can serve Him. He accepts our sacrifices when we serve Him by following the leadership of the Spirit of God. This we can do after God puts that Spirit into our hearts and makes us alive.
By this we see how it is that man put himself in a state of separation from God, but God did not allow all to stay in that condition. It is by His grace and mercy that we have been raised out of this dead state into a state of life and happiness.
May our hearts be always in tune to the words of the hymn which was penned many years ago by Hugh Stowell:
O let my hands forget her skill
My tongue be silent, cold and still;
This bounding heart forget to beat,
If I forget the mercy-seat.
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