Theology Thursday – The Doctrine of Sin

Nowadays the topic of sin is not a popular one. Yet the Bible makes it clear that we are born sinners.
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10b-12 (ESV)
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” – Romans 3:23 (ESV)
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…” – Ephesians 2:1 (ESV)

Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command in the garden (see Genesis 2:15-17 and Genesis 3:1-7). As a result every human born since has been a sinner (except for Jesus Christ). Romans 5:12 tells us, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned-” (ESV).

The good news is that God has made a way for us to be redeemed from our sin through His Son Jesus Christ. We will look further at that in the doctrine of salvation or soteriology.

Further Resources:
Louis Berkhof on Sin
Westminster Confession on Sin
Total Depravity of Man
The Fall of Humanity by Michael Horton

 

 

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