Understanding the Bible

Chapter 4- Major Bible Themes: Man

God's Word reveals the nature of man.
Mankind -was created by God, Gen 1:26,27
Mankind -was given responsibility by God. Gen 2:15-17
-and is responsible to God. Ecc 12:13
Mankind -rebelled against God (sin), Gen 3:6,7
-and remains in a state of rebellion. Ecc 9:3
Man's sin:
[Further Study on this topic: When does human life begin? How do innocent babies become sinners?]
 
Mankind -is guilty before God. Rom 3:10-20
-is under God's sentence of death for his sin. Gen 2:17; Rom 5:12
Death involves separation:
Mankind -is loved by God, who has made provision for their redemption. Joh 3:16; Rom 3:23; 6:23
The Jewish race was chosen by God as the channel through which He would communicate the message of redemption, and through which the Redeemer would come into the world. Gen 12:1-3; Rom 3:1-3; 9:1-5
All men will be judged. Heb 9:27
Those who die in their sins will be condemned to eternity in hell. Joh 8:24; Rev 20:11-15
Those who have been redeemed will be "ever with the Lord." Joh 14:1-6; 1The 4:16,17
The Bible tells the story of man's failure before the Holy God. Man is revealed as incapable of fulfilling his responsibilities to God, regardless of the requirements placed upon him, and regardless of his environment and opportunities. Seven distinct periods, of human history, may be observed in scripture, in each of which, man consistently fails, though he is tested under varying circumstances. These periods are sometimes referred to as "the seven dispensations." (The dispensations are explained in Chapter 2 of the more advanced study entitled Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth.)


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