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The Biblical definitions of sin; the absolute character of sin; the effect on posterity; 'seminal identity' and 'federal representative' theories discussed; original guilt proved from Scripture.
How can we make sense out of the awful state of the world? With Ephesians 2:1-3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings much needed clarity to today's chaos, showing how man's sinful nature is behind the wickedness we see all around us. Since man's nature is wholly given over to sin, he is unable to do good and obey all that the Law of God requires. Those, like the humanist, that claim sin is simply an outdated religious superstition that can be replaced by modern psychology fundamentally misunderstand the extent of man’s sin and corruption. For the sinful nature is not something that people lack, but is active rebellion against God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that sin dominates our very will. The orthodox doctrine of original sin accounts for this sinful nature. It says that when the first man, Adam, sinned all men fell into sin and inherited the corrupt nature. This is why moral reform as a way of salvation is hopeless. For if man could keep the Law there would be no need for the Gospel and death of Christ. It is only by the saving grace found in the death of Christ that any man can be delivered from sin and made righteous before God.
How has the fall of Adam affected all of mankind? This is the vital question Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer as he expounds man’s state after the fall. He speaks of how the sin of Adam has not only rendered man guilty, but it has corrupted his very soul. This pollution does not change the substance of man’s soul, but it bends and inclines it to evil continually. This does not mean that man does not conform to any notion of good, but it means that he does no spiritual good. While men have knowledge of God, it is not saving knowledge and is suppressed in unrighteousness. This sinful nature alienates man from the righteousness of God. The principle of sinful man, the flesh, is not something that merely marks his body, but it corrupts both his soul and body. Man is born in this darkness and iniquity. But, though man is polluted and totally opposed to the spiritually good, God has promised that that he will provide a savior that will redeem his people from sin. Though man is guilty and polluted, God in Christ is reconciling the world to him in order to bring about a new people and new creation.
The meaning of 'all have sinned'; the imputation of Adam's sin; the parallel with the imputation of Christ's righteousness; the doctrine of original sin.
What is our relationship with God? Contrast between the believer and the unbeliever; the characteristics of the Christian; the natural man and original pollution; the need for healing and the radical nature of sin; the remedy; the living God and His new life.
The presence of evil in the world is undeniable. While many philosophies and religions try to make sense of our world by denying its existence, the human experience quickly refutes their ideas. The Christian may not be challenged by the specious claim that evil does not exist. However, the Christian worldview is challenged with the question of the origin of evil. Does the bible give an account for the origin of evil? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones declares, this is an important question for Christians to consider. He says our understanding of the origins of evil will reflect our understanding of God. Since the apostle Paul has been teaching on these evil spiritual forces in Ephesians 6:10-13, we need to consider where these evil principalities and powers originate. Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides extended teaching on the topic by looking at various Old Testament passages, including Genesis. Dr. Lloyd-Jones combines this teaching with clues given in the New Testament about the personality of the chief Strongman, Satan, and argues for a pre-cosmic Fall. Dr. Lloyd-Jones maintains that in order to make sense of the world today, we must look back to eternity past. Listen in as he instructs us on this perplexing, but all important topic on the origin of evil.