The Depths of our Depravity
“as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10–18)
Humans (humanity) can not realize in their own consciousness the depths of their innate depravity. The reality that their innate flesh (human body) is consumed by passions so in opposition to any form of Godly goodness (Godliness or holiness). Morality (human goodness) convinces us that we can be good but the law(commandments) in its perfection shows us our inability to do good. Paul beautifully excegeted this reality in the book of Romans. The law just brings to the surface the recognition of our unrighteousness and our ungodliness as humans (theistically). We suppress righteousness as an adversary because of our inherent depravity.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth (Romans 1:18).
Ever since the Garden of Eden in Genesis humans have chosen pleasure over Godliness. Pleasure, which means he’done’ in the Greek, is synonymous with sensual desire or earthly desire. Therefore our flesh is depraved and our desires is in opposition to Gods will. This same word can be used in context with Godly desires, but only when Gods righteousness has been imputed into us on our behalf.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind”(Ephesians 2:1–3)
God is not surprised by our rejection of Him and that is the reason He sent his begotten son Jesus to die as a propitiation for our sins. He knows mans depravity, and only desires His glory to be revealed through our innate depravity.
“But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man” (John 2:24–25)
Do you realize your depravity? Do you realize your natural state of complete and utter unrighteousness? Do you realize Gods all powerful love and grace overcoming your depravity for His will to be revealed through your life?