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1st Problem - Spiritually Dead

All Men and Women are Born Separated from God and Spiritually Dead

Physically Life: Our Soul & Spirit is in Union with Our Body

Physical death results in the separation of our soul & spirit from our body.

Spiritual Life: Our Soul & Spirit is in Union with God

Spiritual death means we are separated from God.

all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 ESV)

just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so [spiritual] death spread to all men because all sinned  (Romans 5:12 ESV)

If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  (1 John 1:10 ESV)

the wages of sin is [spiritual] death  (Romans 6:23a ESV)

Before the Fall of Man Mankind Enjoyed...

Significance

Humanity Had a Devine Purpose

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  (Genesis 1:28 ESV)

Safety & Security

God Provided for All of Humanity's Needs

29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:29-30 ESV)

Belonging

Humanity had a Sense of Identity and Belonging to God and Each Other

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”  (Genesis 2:18 ESV)

After the Fall of Mankind

In Our Minds

The Concept of Knowing was No Longer Relational

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. (Eph 4:17-18 ESV)

In Our Emotions Humanity Experienced

Fear & Anxiety

Shame & Guilt

And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”  (Gen 3:10 ESV)

Depression & Anger

5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?  (Gen 4:5-6 ESV)

In Our Wills

Increase in Opportunities to Make Poor Choices

In Our Relationships

Sense of Rejection and Need for Belonging

In Our Guilt & Shame

Need for Acceptance and Affirmation

In Our Weakness & Helplessness

Need for Strength and Self-Control

 

Portions of this webpage adapted from: 

Neil Anderson. The Bondage Breaker Interactive Workbook. (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 2011), 11-12.