Created in God’s Image~“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:27-28).
“Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes" (Ecclesiastes 7:29).
Ruined by Sin~“As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit;The poison of asps is under their lips;whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.There is no fear of God before their eyes’” (Romans 3:10-18).
“Just as through one man [Adam] sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
“But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption” (Peter 2:12).
Regenerated by the Spirit~“Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.” The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit’” (John 3:5-8).
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:23-24).
Conformed to Christ~“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:28-29).
“When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe,because our testimony among you was believed” (2 Thessalonians 1:10).
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