24 June 2016
A few doctrinal notes
Death is not merely separation but is termination of life. Physical death is the end of cellular respiration and metabolic processes. The Christian understands that there is a separation of the spiritual (soul and spirit) from the flesh (2 Peter 1:14, 2 Corinthians 5:8). Death is a result of sin (Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23). Spiritual death is also a termination of which all humans have. This is an end of fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1, 1 John 3:14). Death is the punishment for sin (Genesis 2:17, Romans 5:12).
Faith is believing God. Adam did not believe God and chose to disbelieve. Adam’s disbelief was shown by his actions of deliberately disobeying God. God said, “Do not eat.” Adam chose to eat. After eating, God revealed the substitutionary sacrifice of a sheep. Faith is then seen though out the Bible as people “believed God, and it was accounted as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6, Daniel 6:23, Jonah 3:5, John 3:16, Romans 4:3, Romans 4:22-25, etc.).
Original sin is the doctrine that all have sinned. We have inherited the “me first” concept, since Adam was the head of human race.
Sin is disobedience to God’s law. This is best seen in His commandments. We are not good because we are liars, blasphemers, covetous, disobedient to parents, adulterers at heart (if not in flesh), thieves, etc.
Sin is punished by death, not only physical but eternal (Revelation 21:8, Daniel 12:2).
All people are in darkness (John 3:19, Ephesians 5:8, etc.) and dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13, etc.). This is total depravity. We are complete sinners and are not good enough for heaven according to God’s standards.
No one seeks God (Romans 3:10-18, Psalms 14:2-3). This is total inability. Unless God initiates salvation (prevenient grace), no one will be saved. God seeks us (Luke 19:10). God is the one who opens our eyes and hearts to the Gospel (Acts 26:18, Acts 16:14). God draws us to Himself (John 6:44) to understand the Gospel.
The Lord Jesus had our sins laid on Him, suffered for our sins (1 Peter 3:18), and died in God’s judgment for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3).
The Lord Jesus was raised physically from the dead proving righteousness (Romans 1:4, 1 Peter 1:3).