Every person you pass by, every member of your family, and every little baby before its born and after have one thing in common: they are all affected by sin. All are conceived with a sin nature (Ps. 51:5), and are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3).
Adam was, “by God’s appointment,” the representative head of all mankind. When he sinned, the guilt of it was imputed to all mankind, and the sin nature is passed on to all the generations after him. All men are conceived in sin (Ps. 51:5), meaning that all men have a sin nature from the moment of conception. We are, as the confession states, “utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good, and wholly inclined to all evil.”
This corruption does not cease to exist when God saves a sinner. It still remains! There is still that war that wages on in the soul of the regenerate. Although their sins have been pardoned and they have been declared righteous through Christ (justification), and by the power of the Holy Spirit are being made holy and mortifying their sins (sanctification), the corruption still remains. It will not be gone until we are glorified and in the presence of God (1 John 3:2).
This doctrine has major implications for our personal lives and the lives of our families. This week, we are making the sixth lecture available from Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine available to you to download. Follow this link to be taken to the download page for the lecture on chapter 6 of the confession.