7. Nature of Man

                       Doctrine  7.        The  Nature  of  Man                            

Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment.


Scriptures:      Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7;   --   Genesis 3;     Gen. 2:15   

                          Psalm 8:4-8;  Psalm 51:5;   --    Psalm 51:10;

                                 Acts 17: 24-28;   --   Romans 5: 12-17; 

                                      2 Cor. 5:19, 20;    --   1 John 4:7, 8, 11, 20;


     Nature of Man in the writings of Ellen G. White:


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