Torrey - Man -3.2- Condition of those outside of Christ

II. THE PRESENT CONDITION OF MEN OUTSIDE OF THE REDEMPTION THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS Ephesians 4:18 RV — "Being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts."

First Proposition: They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, hardened in heart. 1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Second Proposition: The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, neither can he know them. Jeremiah 17:9 RV — "The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is desperately sick: who can know it?"

Third Proposition: The natural heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick. Genesis 6:5,12 — "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.... And God looked upon the earth, and behold it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." Genesis 8:21 — "And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done." Psalm 94:11 — "The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that the), are vanity."

Fourth Proposition: The entire moral and intellectual nature of unredeemed man is corrupted by sin. Titus 3:3 — "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures; living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another." Ephesians 2:3 RV — "Among whom we also once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind." Colossians 3:5,7 — "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.... In the which ye also walked sometime, when ye lived in them."

Fifth Proposition: The outward life of unredeemed men is vile and detestable. Romans 7:5,8, 14-15, 19, 23-24 "For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sin, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death .... But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin is dead .... For we know that the law is spiritual: for I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I .... For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do .... But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Compare to Romans 8:2 — "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death," and Romans 6:17 RV — "Ye were servants [the Greek word means slaves] of sin.") Sixth Proposition: Men unsaved by Christ are the slaves of sin, in helpless and hopeless captivity to the law of sin and death. Ephesians 2:2 — "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience."

Seventh Proposition: Outside of redemption in Christ, men are under the control of Satan (the prince of the power of the air). Ephesians 2:3 — "And were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."

Eighth Proposition: They are by nature children of wrath. Romans 8:7-8 RV — "Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God neither indeed can be; and they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

Ninth Proposition: The mind of the flesh is enmity against God: it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be: and they that are in the flesh cannot please God. Ephesians 2:1 — "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins."

Tenth Proposition: Men outside of Christ's saving power are dead through their trespasses and sins. 1 John 5:19 RV — " We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one."

Eleventh Proposition: The whole world, the whole mass of men who have not received Christ, "lieth in the evil one" — rest in his arms, in his power, in himself.

The present standing or condition of men outside of Christ as pictured in the Bible is dark and hopeless. One word will express it — lost, utterly lost. This is very different from the conception of man that is popular in novels, on the lecture-platform, and in many pulpits today· But it is accordant with the facts. The more one has to do with men and women, and the more one comes to know the depths of his own heart, the more convinced he becomes of the truthfulness and accuracy in every line of this hideous and repulsive picture· The nearer one gets to God, the more fully he sees the truth of this picture; the fact that one has an exalted opinion of human nature, and his own nature, does not show that he is living near God, but far from God. Compare Isaiah's, Job's and the psalmist's conception of self and man when they were brought face to face with God: Isaiah 6:1,5 — "In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. · . . Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts." Job 42:5-6 — "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Psalm 14:2-3 — "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

Evidently those who live nearest God and see things most nearly from His standpoint have the poorest opinion of self and human nature.