God created human beings good and in God’s own image. Humans were created to know, love, and obey God, and to be righteous stewards of creation. However instead of acknowledging, worshipping and obeying God, we rebel and bring sin and death upon ourselves and all creation.
No human remedy can repair the radical brokenness and corruption sin has wrought upon humanity. Human beings are in bondage to sin and subject to God’s holy judgment. Without God’s intervening grace and salvation, we are lost and condemned. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
But, thanks be to God: “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-27; Psalms 51:5, 143:2; Jeremiah 17:9 Matthew 15:19-20; Romans 3:10-23; 5:18-19; 7:18- 23; 8:7; Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 Peter 1:3
Confessions: Scots Confession 3.03; Heidelberg Catechism 4.005, 4.006, 4.010; Larger Catechism 7.135, 7.137; Confession of 1967 9.12-13; Brief Statement of Faith 10.3