Of the fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 6, Paragraph 3.
“…spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free.“
1 Thessalonians 1:10
Adam and Eve, due to their disobedience, passed down a corrupted nature to every human born by ordinary generation. Because of this, we are slaves to sin, unable to free ourselves from the hold our fallen nature has on us. Without a Savior to free us from sin, we suffer spiritually, temporally, and eternally.
Looking at those unbelievers around us, it can be easy to think that their life isn’t all that bad. Sure, some have truly difficult and miserable lives, but most unbelievers don’t seem to be in dire distress. To think the plight of those without Christ isn’t that miserable, though, is to forget the common blessings God bestows on all His creation. Such thinking also misses how awesome and majestic He is, and how knowing such a Being is incomparable to anything this world offers without Him.
The miseries of this life are manifold. Spiritually, the unbeliever can never have peace. Their hope will always be shaken because it is not placed in Christ. While alive in this life, they are subject to the effects of sin in themselves and are sinned against by others. And when this life is over, the torment experienced for rebellion against God endures for eternity.
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
– Romans 7:25
This is why the Gospel is such good news! Left to ourselves, there is no sure for our condition. But through Christ’s provision, we are no longer slaves to sin. We are adopted as sons of God. The only true God makes himself known to us. All trials draw us closer to Him, and we will spend eternity in His presence. Such grace is amazing.
Questions to Consider
- Do you see how miserable life is without Christ?