True knowledge of ourselves destroys self confidence' - John Calvin.
How do you see man? Is he basically good, or bad? Perhaps one of the most important things we need to know is the truth about ourselves.
Genesis 1:26-27, 31
This can be seen in terms of the structure of our personalities and in our relationships.
Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; Genesis 1:27-28; James 3:9 (even fallen man has remnants of the image) 1 John 4:7-11
Even now, man, like God, has immortality and spirituality. He is able to think, has a moral sense and is creative. He is able to love.
Because we are all made in the image of God, each of us has dignity and value from the very beginning of life until its end, from conception to death. Evolutionary view of life, i.e. that man is an animal, have produced terrible brutality during the last 100 years. They still do so, e.g. abortion, euthanasia.
Genesis 1:31 [Ephesians 4:24]
Read the conditions God set Genesis 2:16-17. See how Adam and Eve disobeyed. Genesis 3:1-24
1) Broken relationships:
2) The curse of God upon them Genesis 3:14-19, a broken relationship with creation.
Note the encouraging feature. Genesis 3:15
Adam is seen by God as man's representative head. He sinned and fell and the whole human race has been viewed as sinners since then and also inherited his corrupt nature. Romans 5:12-21]
It must be seen in relation to God. It is missing the mark (God's), breaking God's law, not doing as God commands, not having faith in God.
See Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:4; James 4:17; Romans 14:23
Sin has the following effects on us:
1) We are dead spiritually and therefore unable to respond to God.
Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 8:5-8; John 6:44; 1 Corinthians 2:14
2) By nature we are sinners we have a sinful heart and therefore sin.
Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:16-20
3) All of us are sinners.
[2 Thessalonians 1:7-10]
Sin therefore produces corruption, guilt, condemnation and death. It affects every part of our nature. Even our best works are spoilt by sin. [Isaiah 59:1-4, 59:20, 64:6]. This condition is sometimes called total depravity.
These verses indicate how helpless and hopeless we are as sinners, and how we need God to help us if ever we are going to be saved. We are powerless but God is able. In your own time look up:
[Ephesians 2:1-10; Hebrews 7:25; Mark 10:26-27]
If you see yourself as a sinner and are moved by that awareness, see what the Bible says you must do.
[2 Corinthians 7:10; Acts 16:29-31; John 3:16-21]
If God has saved us we should be thankful. There is no room for boasting about ourselves.
[1 Corinthians 1:27-31]