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TENET Number Two - The Utter Depravity of Human Nature, the Necessity for Repentance and Regeneration, and the Eternal Doom of the Finally Impenitent.

(a) The Utter Depravity of Human Nature.

Human Nature is utterly depraved. Its whole bias is towards wickedness (Rom. 7:18, 19). This depravity affects every part of the nature of man. His body is a body of humiliation, because of Adam's sin, and is a body subject to death because of sin (Phil. 3:21; Rom. 7:23). His mind is in a condition of enmity and rebellion towards God and His Holy Law ( Rom. 8:7). His heart is evil and produces only that which is evil (Gen. 6:5; Jer.17:9; Matt.15:18, 19)

Man inherited this depraved nature from his parents (Psalm 51:5) It had its origin in Adam, and has consequently been transmitted to all his descendants because of his sin and transgression (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12). It is therefore universal, God having concluded all under sin (Psalm 14:2,3; Gal. 3:22).

The works of this depraved nature, though some may be commendable in the sight of man, are not acceptable with God (Isaiah 64: 6) because they essentially self-righteous, having no redemptive value.

This universal depravity has two consequences. Firstly, every man, because of his wicked deeds, is guilty before God ( Rom. 3 19, 23). Secondly every man is without power in himself to live righteously ( Rom. 8: 8). From these two sequences there arises:­

b) The necessity for (i) Repentance and (ii) Regeneration (Luke 13:5, 9; John 3: 3).
Man should and must admit his wickedness, and turn from it with his whole heart and mind towards God and His righteousness. That is repentance (Prov.28:13 ; Ezek. 18:30 Acts 26:20; 1 Thess. 1:9).

God requires this repentance from all (Acts 11:18; 17:30).

Therefore, Regeneration (or a "new birth") is essential, for man's own depraved nature is incapable of a life pleasing to God (Ezek. 36: 26; John 3: 3, 6)

By Regeneration, God gives man a new nature. This is called the "Divine Nature" (11 Pet. 1:4), and is given to the one who receives Christ (John 1:12, 13). It is given by two agencies: One, the third Person in the Trinity, namely, the Holy Spirit; the other, the Word of God (John 3:5, 6; 1 Pet. 1:23).

'This new Divine Life is according to the nature of the seed imparted incorruptible, and produces fruit according to its own nature, which is in holiness and godliness (Gal. 5: 22, 23).

c) The eternal Doom of the Finally Impenitent.

Man, in his own nature, is already under the condemnation of God and if he refuses to repent in his earthly life, passes under the judgment of God (Luke 13:3; Rom. 2:5,6; Heb. 9:27). This judgment will be a righteous one and will result in his eternal banishment from the presence of God into Darkness and to the torment of Fire (Acts 17:31; Rev. 20:13; 11 Thess. 1:8 ,9; Jude 12,13; Matt. 25:31-33, 41).

The suffering of such impenitent wicked has no end (Rev. 14: 9-11), and there is no possibility, after death, of repentance or escape from sin and its punishment (Luke 16: 26; Rev. 22:11).