[MAN, HIS FALL, AND SALVATION]
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God. Through man’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world, and human nature has universally corrupted. This corruption is what the Bible calls “sin”. Sin is whatever is contrary to God’s will, as revealed in scripture. It is God, our ultimate Authority, and not man, Who defines good and evil. In fact, it is this desire on the part of man to define good and evil on his terms instead of God’s, that is part of our sinful behavior (Gen. 2:17). This corrupted state of human nature and the sinful acts that have followed has resulted in a necessary separation from God, Who is holy. Man, because he is created in God’s image, is a spiritual being, and is thus incomplete outside of ongoing communion with God. Jesus Christ, the Son of God gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the law, and is made available by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. Because of the corruption of human nature, the new birth is necessary for man’s salvation (Rom. 5:14, Rom. 3:10-19; Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:8-10; John 3:3,5; 2 Cor. 5:17).