Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 6, Paragraph 2.
“…and wholly defiled, in all the faculties, and parts, of soul, and body.“
When Adam and Eve sinned, their transgression caused death to come upon all of us. There is not one part of our selves that is not affected by the Fall. All parts of our soul and body are defiled by sin.
The world we live in does not want to admit this. “Sure, some people are bad, and nobody’s perfect, but there’s still some good in them too!” they say. We cling desperately to the idea that we can fix ourselves. Self-help gurus sell thousands of books to their devotees based upon the idea that there is some good in the self. We can make ourselves better; we can overcome on our own strength. If I just think positively enough, if I just do enough good deeds, if I just…
Scripture is clear that no part of the sinner is clean unless covered by the blood of Christ. This is why it is vital to depend wholly on God for salvation. Our very beings are defiled, and are unable to perform any act of righteousness. We are helpless to overcome the sin that infests our whole being. We must look to Christ:
Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfil thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and thou alone.
-Augustus M. Toplady
Questions to Consider
- Is it hard to accept that mankind is wholly defiled?