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MAN’S INABILITY

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

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 ESV)

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

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV)

“Inability” is a problem for man because he is absolutely spiritually dead and cannot connect to God, His truth, or authority. “The Fall” has rendered the natural man incapable of performing any spiritual good. Unsaved man is dead in his sins. He is of this world, the flesh, and the devil. He is a slave to sin and does nothing outside of this evil spiritual realm.

The doctrine of Inability teaches that as a result of the fall, man is now inclined to do evil. He has an inner prejudice against the will of God. Fallen man (natural man) sees nothing desirable in God and will blindly run down the path of sin. We were born in a state of total rebellion against God. Rebellion against God is sin. Our inability to submit to God or reform ourselves is sin. We are therefore deserving of God’s wrath.

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. (John 6:44 ESV)

“Now, the reason why man cannot come to Christ, is not because he cannot come, so far as his body or his mere power of mind is concerned, but because his nature is so corrupt that he has neither the will nor the power to come to Christ unless drawn by the Spirit.” (Charles H. Spurgeon, Sermon 182)

Therefore, the doctrine of Inability means that the natural man cannot act in a way which meets with God’s approval or the demands of His holy law. The natural man cannot change his basic preference for sin to a love for God. Natural man is incapable of doing or seeking any spiritual good.

Comprehending spiritual inability is vital to one’s intellectual grasp of Christ’s redemptive work. If the natural man is powerless to choose or to will spiritual good, then apart from a spiritual rebirth, no man would choose Jesus Christ. The doctrine of Inability helps us to see that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was absolutely necessary to remove the guilt of sin and impute Christ’s own righteousness to the redeemed sinner. All of salvation, by necessity, is a supernatural work of God from first to last.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)

Samuel at Gilgal

 

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