The Origin and Nature of Humans
The Origin of Humans
Adam was both formed from the dust of the earth and created out of nothing by God1. Adam’s body was created out of the dust of the earth and his soul and spirit were created out of nothing2. Adam was created; all other humans were procreated from Adam and Eve3. When Adam was created, he was created in the likeness and the image of God4. Adam was created complete and in the likeness of God immediately without process.
The Body, the Soul, and the Spirit
Humans are tri-partite5. They have a body, which is the physical flesh. They have a soul, which is the center of his emotions6. They also have a spirit, which is the part of them that is able to rationalize7. The place where these three parts come together is referred to as the heart, which is where the determinate will of a human is formed8.
The Present Condition of Unsaved Humans
All humans possess a sin nature and are totally depraved9. All unsaved are spiritually separated from God, because of Adam’s trespass and sin. They all physically die because of Adam’s sin10. They are not able to receive the things from the Spirit of God because their minds have been darkened11. The Gospel for salvation is foolishness to them and their minds have been darkened to this Gospel12.
The Present Condition of Saved Humans
Saved humans still possess a fallen nature. However, they also possess a new nature, which is a quality of the Divine Nature13. Physical death still comes to the saved person as a result of Adam’s sin14. The human spirit of a saved person is no longer separated from God and is able to receive the things from the Spirit of God15.
2 Genesis 2:7; 1:26, 27
3 Genesis 4:1,2; Genesis 5:1-32
4 Genesis 1:26; Genesis 5:1,2; Genesis 2:25
5 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12
6 Hebrews 10:38; Matthew 26:38; Mark 14:34
7 1 Corinthians 2:11
8 2 Corinthians 9:7(chose); Genesis 6:5
9 Romans 3:9-19
10 Romans 5:12-15
12 1 Corinthians 1:18; 4:4
13 Ephesians 2:1,2; Romans 7:23-8:4;2 Peter 1:4
14 Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27
15 1 Corinthians 2:15, 16; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:6