Biblical Doctrine



Why do we need reconciliation with God?

“For when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11).

Christ is the foundation of Christianity. It is not merely a religion based on morality. Unlike Judaism, which emphasizes the commands and laws of God, Christianity is about a person. This person is Jesus Christ. It is He and His work of salvation that stand in the foreground, not the Law and our obedience to it.


The Plan of Salvation

How can man escape eternal damnation?

Corrupt and sinful people stand before a holy and just God. They have not "simply sinned". They have sinned against Him, the holy and perfect One. What will the righteous Judge do with them? The Bible is very clear on this. He already punishes the wicked here in this life: "Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors" (Psalm 73:18-19). At the judgment, God will say to them: "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). This doesn't apply only to murderers and cheats – even a bragger cannot stand before God. David writes: "For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man" (Ps. 5:4-6).


The Depravity of Man

What have we inherited from Adam?

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God he created him." We read these lines in Genesis 1:27. This image of God that came into existence at Creation was subsequently corrupted by sin. That means that the moral nature of man was poisoned and the divine element of holiness was lost. Generally, this is referred to as "depravity" or our "sinful nature." But how exactly is this to be understood? We would like to discuss four points that clearly demonstrate the poisoning of man's moral nature in our practical lives. First however, we need to establish that this depravity manifests itself to different degrees in different people. Observe the various children in a family. Though all are raised in the same way by the same parents, we notice varying degrees of corruption among them, proving that depravity is truly inborn.


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