Total Depravity – Save Us From Ourselves!

You will never seek the mercy and grace of God in Christ until you are convinced of your sin, convinced that you are without excuse, and convinced that you are personally guilty before the holy Lord God.

We are, everyone of us, and every one of our children, sinners, corrupt at heart, corrupt by nature, corrupt by choice, and corrupt by practice. So vile, so corrupt are we, that the thoughts of the human heart are only evil continually (Genesis 6:5; Matthew 15:19-20).

So evil are we that we cannot and will not do good. If you die without Christ, this is what you shall be forever in hell. There will be no changes on the other side of the grave.
Whatever else hell may be, it is a place of ever-increasing torment, blackness, darkness, corruption, and burning lusts, without satisfaction. This is called “Total Depravity.”

We are depraved, spiritually dead sinners by nature, incapable of changing our condition, or even wishing to change it. Man is so depraved that it is utterly impossible for him ever
to escape the wrath of God, if left to himself. But, blessed be God, that which is impossible with men is possible with God!

By the work of his sovereign, free, distinguishing, effectual grace, some men and women are made new creatures in Christ. May God be pleased to do for you and me what we cannot do for ourselves. Oh, may God be pleased to save us from ourselves, for Christ’s sake!

Don Fortner, Pastor                                                                                                                     Grace Baptist Church                                                                                                            Danville, Kentucky

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About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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One Response to Total Depravity – Save Us From Ourselves!

  1. thomas bridges says:

    ‘Oh, may God be pleased to save us from ourselves, for Christ’s sake!’. Sounds like he is not sure he is one of the elect.

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