Depending on the moral state of society, the subject of God is either to the fore or perhaps rarely referred to.
In the west – countries, cities, peoples, have been (generally speaking), morally honourable or reprehensible, depending (I suppose) on what part of history we examine.
This reprehensible moral state, grows out of what the bible clearly tells us, is the result of mankind being ‘dead in sin’.
Ephesians 2/1…who were dead in trespasses and sins,
Unless we accept that mankind is born with an inherited sin-nature, we can find no sense in the above statement/scripture. (Nor indeed can we make any sense of the atrocities in the world, taking place right now).
As a result of mankind being ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ – we can ask the question: How can living people be described as dead?
Likewise the term ‘born again’ – is not understood, unless we receive or experience the explanation.
This term (born again), has been ‘stolen’ from Christian jargon and applied to mean, all kinds of different things, in the present day. None of which uses the phrase as originally intended by The Son of God.
There was a gentleman, a religious Pharisee, who likewise didn’t grasp what Jesus meant by:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
In not understanding Christ’s statement, the Pharisee gentleman provided his own response to the ‘born again’ reference from Jesus, in the form of a Question:
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
This gives us an example of – how spiritually insensitive, unaware, uncomprehending, human beings can be when it comes to spiritual matters, spiritual truth and spiritual reality.
His question exposed that He did not understand what Jesus meant by the statement He (Jesus), made.
We can safely conclude that this inability to comprehend spiritual matters and reality, is the direct result of the fallen nature all mankind is born with, again referred to as being: Ephesians 2/1
…dead in trespasses and sins…
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
So being dead in sin, (born of the flesh) – is clearly referencing man’s nature as the statement is made to humans who are walking, talking and thinking on planet earth to this day. We might borrow a phrase from movie culture and refer to us as ‘the living dead’.
The idea that we are born good – or morally fine, is a big mistake, in light of this verse and the rest of scripture, that in so many places, affirms that mankind is indeed born with an inbuilt tendency to do what is wrong and evil. An inbuilt ‘bias’ towards sinning.
It is something that comes naturally, because it is in the very make-up and fibre of our minds.
We are born that way, and have inherited this nature and tendencies from our forefathers, all the way back to the first human being.
Upbringing and it’s experiences, can effect or feed this nature, this sinful nature is not the result of our upbringing, but is the result of an inherited nature we are born with.
Of course an underprivileged background whether financially, morally, or as a result of cruelty in those who raised us – contributes to the greater formation of bad behaviour in the life of the person who suffers in such an upbringing.
But that ‘ability’ to sin comes from the nature within. The nature inherent in each of us.
Cultivate it – or run to the foot of the cross in prayer and behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1/29).
Bowing we speak with Him, bowing we take Him at His word:
…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. (John 6/37)
On receiving The Lord Jesus Christ we receive His divine nature, to which we yield, causing the sinful nature to become subservient. And so our journey begins unto eternal life.