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  1. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Session I: I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Session II: Get Out of Jail Free Session III: Picking My Outfit, Picking My God Session IV: Election: The Theologian's Final Exam

  2. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man

  3. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 1. Original Sin Must Be Revealed in the Scriptures

  4. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 1. Original Sin Must Be Revealed in the Scriptures 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." Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. Romans 3:10-19

  5. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 1. Original Sin Must Be Revealed in the Scriptures 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." Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. Romans 3:10-19

  6. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 1. Original Sin Must Be Revealed in the Scriptures This hereditary sin is so deep and horrible a corruption of nature that no reason can understand it, but it must be learned and believed from the revelation of Scriptures, Psalm 51:5; Romans 6:12ff; Exodus 33:3; Genesis 3:7ff. Martin Luther, Smalcald ArticlesIII.I.3

  7. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied “What kind of ethical philosophy is it that condemns every child, even before it is born, to inherit the sin of a remote ancestor?” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, p. 253

  8. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied “I'm a good person.”

  9. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? “Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.”

  10. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? “Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.” Baptist Faith and Message (2000)‏

  11. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? “[Original sin] is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it; subject to ignorance, suffering, and the dominion of death; and inclined to sin-an inclination to evil that is called 'concupiscence.'”

  12. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? “[Original sin] is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it; subject to ignorance, suffering, and the dominion of death; and inclined to sin-an inclination to evil that is called 'concupiscence.'” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 405 (Regarding concupiscence: “This concupiscence, which the Apostle sometimes calls sin, the holy council declares the Catholic Church has never understood to be called sin in the sense that it is truly and properly sin in those born again, but in the sense that it is of sin and inclines to sin.” [The Council of Trent, Session V.5])‏

  13. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? "Nor do I absolve my own self of blame: the human soul is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful."

  14. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? "Nor do I absolve my own self of blame: the human soul is certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." The Quran 12.53

  15. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? Man is responsible for sin because he is endowed with free will; yet he is by nature frail, and the tendency of the mind is to evil: "For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth" (Gen. Viii. 21)‏

  16. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Who Said It? Man is responsible for sin because he is endowed with free will; yet he is by nature frail, and the tendency of the mind is to evil: "For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth" (Gen. Viii. 21)‏ Jewish Encyclopedia: 'Sin'

  17. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied • The denial of original sin means that most people live in the delusion of their own freedom and goodness.

  18. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied • The denial of original sin means that most people live in the delusion of their own freedom and goodness. • The law comes to show us the depths to which we have fallen, our complete inability to love, serve and fear God, our complete lack of freedom, and so our utter dependence on Jesus for freedom, life and salvation.

  19. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied Also they teach that since the fall of Adam all men begotten in the natural way are born with sin, that is, without the fear of God, without trust in God, and with concupiscence; and that this disease, or vice of origin, is truly sin, even now condemning and bringing eternal death upon those not born again through Baptism and the Holy Ghost. They condemn the Pelagians and others who deny that original depravity is sin, and who, to obscure the glory of Christ’s merit and benefits, argue that man can be justified before God by his own strength and reason. The Augsburg Confession, Article II: Original Sin

  20. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 2. Original Sin Is Universally Denied 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

  21. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 3. Original Sin is the Foundation of the Gospel • The article of Justification is the article upon which the church stands or falls. The article of original sin is the article upon which justification stands or falls.

  22. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 3. Original Sin is the Foundation of the Gospel • The article of Justification is the article upon which the church stands or falls. The article of original sin is the article upon which justification stands or falls. • “But the knowledge of original sin is necessary. For the magnitude of the grace of Christ cannot be understood and no one can heartily long and have a desire for Christ, for the inexpressibly great treasure of divine favor and grace which the Gospel offers, unless our diseases be recognized. As Christ says Matt. 9, 12; Mark 2, 17: They that are whole need not a physician. The entire righteousness of man is mere hypocrisy and abomination before God, unless we acknowledge that our heart is naturallyof love, fear, and confidence in God that we are miserable sinners who are in disgrace with God.” • Apology to the Augsburg Confession, II.33-34

  23. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 3. Original Sin is the Foundation of the Gospel • The article of Justification is the article upon which the church stands or falls. The article of original sin is the article upon which justification stands or falls. • “But the knowledge of original sin is necessary. For the magnitude of the grace of Christ cannot be understood and no one can heartily long and have a desire for Christ, for the inexpressibly great treasure of divine favor and grace which the Gospel offers, unless our diseases be recognized. As Christ says Matt. 9, 12; Mark 2, 17: They that are whole need not a physician. The entire righteousness of man is mere hypocrisy and abomination before God, unless we acknowledge that our heart is naturallyof love, fear, and confidence in God that we are miserable sinners who are in disgrace with God.” • Apology to the Augsburg Confession, II.33-34 • The depth of our sin puts the “alone” in front of grace, in front of faith, in front of Christ. (Psalm 130)‏

  24. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 4. The Four States of Man's Will Before the Fall: After the Fall: After Baptism: After the Resurrection:

  25. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 4. The Four States of Man's Will Before the Fall: After the Fall: After Baptism: After the Resurrection: posse non peccatum Able not to sin

  26. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 4. The Four States of Man's Will Before the Fall: After the Fall: After Baptism: After the Resurrection: posse non peccatum non posse non peccatum Able not to sin Not able not to sin

  27. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 4. The Four States of Man's Will Before the Fall: After the Fall: After Baptism: After the Resurrection: posse non peccatum non posse non peccatum non posse peccatum Able not to sin Not able not to sin Not able to sin

  28. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man 4. The Four States of Man's Will Before the Fall: After the Fall: After Baptism: After the Resurrection: posse non peccatum non posse non peccatum non posse non peccatum non posse peccatum non posse peccatum Able not to sin Not able not to sin Not able not to sin Not able to sin Not able to sin

  29. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man I, A Poor Miserable Sinner Original Sin and the Free Will of Man

  30. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone

  31. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone If man's will has some freedom, what does conversion look like?

  32. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone

  33. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. Baptist Faith and Message

  34. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Decisionism: Out! “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” [Ephesians 2:1, see also 2:5 and Colossians 2:13]

  35. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Decisionism: Out! “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” [1 Corinthians 2:14]

  36. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Decisionism: Out! “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” [Galatians 5:17]

  37. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Decisionism: Out! “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” [Ephesians 4:18]

  38. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Decisionism: Out! “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.” [Romans 8:7]

  39. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Decisionism: Out! “The light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” [John 1:5]

  40. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. [Ephesians 2:8-10]

  41. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life." [Acts 11:18]

  42. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” [Matthew 11:27]

  43. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” [Matthew 13:11]

  44. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. [1 John 5:20]

  45. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ “For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” [2 Corinthians 4:6]

  46. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. [Romans 1:16]

  47. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. [Romans 10:17]

  48. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. [Small Catechism]

  49. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” [John 15:5]

  50. Thy Will Be Done: What the Bible Says About the Will of God and the Will of Man Get Out of Jail Free Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone Monergism: In! (Grace Alone)‏ “You did not choose Me, but I choose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” [John 15:16]