There are three main proofs in Scripture that show us all of mankind are totally depraved. Without a work of God in a person’s life they will never come to Jesus because we are all DEAD spiritually. Dead people have no life to do anything but corrupt even more.
(1) All people by nature are fallen in Adam and have no righteousness in order to be justified and accepted with God – “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10);
(2) Because we are fallen in Adam we cannot work out and establish any righteousness even by our best efforts to obey the law of God – “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20); and
(3) Since we were born dead in our trespasses and sins, we do not know, desire, or seek after righteousness God’s way. There is only one way according to Jesus. It is by grace in and through Him alone – “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3:11-12).
Since we are a totally fallen people God had a plan to save us from our own depravity; Jesus became the Surety for His people. He made us righteous by His obedience unto death on the cross, and He produces spiritual life within us by the Holy Spirit when we are born again. This means that our salvation is all of His power and grace. What a gift we have been granted!! Grace upon grace.
I hope we all live in awe of His grace every day. Without it, we would all be walking dead people.
Something to think about on this beautiful day.
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,