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Adam's sin-Strong and obstinate.
1 Cor. 15. 22. As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
155. Are the posterity of Adam punished for his sin ?
Dt. 24. 16. The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
2 K. 14. 6. The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
Ezk. 18. 2. What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge. 20. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. Jer. 31. 29. 30.
Rom. 5. 12. Death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
156. Is human depravity strong, obstinate, and desperate ?
Ex. 32. 9. And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked
people. Dt. 9. 6, 13.
Pr. 5. 22. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
Pr. 27. 22. Though thou shouldst bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
Ec. 9. 3. The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live.
(s. 30. 9. This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord.
Opposition to God.
Is. 48. 4. Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass.
Jer. 2. 22. Though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.
Jer. 13. 23. Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Jer. 17. 1. The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of
9. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Mat. 17. 17. O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?
Mat. 23. 33. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Jn. 8. 44. Ye are of your father the devil, and the
will do. Ac. 7. 51. Ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your
fathers did, ye. Rom. 7. 23. I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
lusts of your
157. Do mankind naturally hate the true God?
Job 21. 14. Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
Ps. 14. 1. The fool hath said in his heart, There is
Is. 30. 11. Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Jn. 15. 24. But now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that
Under restraint-Disobedience to God.
the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause,
Rom. 1. 30. Haters of God.
158. Were present restraints removed, would mankind run into abominable wickedness ?
Ex. 32. 22. Thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. For they said unto me, Make us gods which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
2 K. 8. 12. I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child. And Hazael said, But what! is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?
Jer. 3. 5. Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
159. Are sinners disobedient ?
Ex. 5. 2. And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.
Dt. 31. 27. I know thy rebellion and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my
death. Neh. 9. 26. They were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew their prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations.
Job 21. 15. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
Ps. 2. 3. Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Ps. 81. 11. But my people would not hearken to So I gavo
Entire moral depravity. my voice, and Israel would none of me. them up unto their own heart's lust.
Pr. i. 24. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof.
Is. 1. 2. I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
Is. 65. 2. I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face.
Jer. 5. 23. This people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
Ezk. 2. 7. They are most rebellious.
Zec. 7. 11. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his Spirit by the former prophets.
Lk. 19. 14. We will not have this man to reign over
160. Is the moral depravily of unregenerate persons total ?
Gen. 6. 5. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Ps. 5. 9. There is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
Pr. 21. 4. The ploughing of the wicked is sin.
Ec, 8. 11. The heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Ec. 9.3.
Is. 1. 5. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head, there is no soundness in it: but wounds and bruises and putrifying sores.
Entire moral depravity. Hos. 10. 1. Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself.
Jn. 5. 42. I know you, that ye have not the love of
God in you.
Rom. 1. 29. Being filled with all unrighteous.
Rom. 6. 20. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Rom. 7. 18. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.
2 Cor. 5. 14. If one died for all, then were all dead.
Ep. 2. 1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked—according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Ep. 5. 14. Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Col. 2. 13. And you, being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened.
1 Jn. 3. 14. We know that we have passed from death unto lise, because we love the brethren.
161. Is it possible for persons, remaining unregenerate, to obey or please God?
Jos. 24. 19. And Joshua said unto the people, ye cannot serve the Lord; for he is a holy God.
Mat. 7. 18. Neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Rom. 8. 7. The carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
1 Cor. 2. 14. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.