c. it collapses, because it is a battle against the eternal God
, in the sentence of the first insurrectionist against God, into the fire, that is prepared for the devil and his angels, into eternal damnation. Chr. K. B. "By Adam's fall man's frame entire/And nature was infected"
, so we bear witness on the basis of Holy Scripture.
"This is a hard saying", many say. They mean that man is by nature not so very wicked and corrupt, does not stand in such great enmity against God. Only what God tells us in His Word remains true. He shows this to us in so many examples, as well as to the Jews who are presented to us in today's Gospel. They are a frightful example of the deep enmity of man against God, and the great wickedness and depravity of the human heart.
On the great wickedness of the human heart;
let me 1.
demonstrate it from our text
, a. in the Jews we see as in a mirror, the great wickedness of the human heart, for they
. did not believe the Lord Christ, although He told them the truth
. blasphemed Jesus, the dear Savior
for they disdained the salvation that He so kindly offered to them
. they sought in grim hatred to kill Christ
; b. what we see here in the Jews, by nature infects in all human hearts. Scripture bears witness to us not only that all men lie in the same deep corruption
and that the root of everything, even the most horrible sins, lies in every heart
, but we actually perceive the same wickedness in people, for
. because the world will the Word of God by no means believe, once it is truth and also proves to be on their conscience as truth; and the flesh also often fights in Christians against God's Word and makes them contribute to faith,
. the world blasphemes God and the Bible, His Word, and Christ, His Son; and even Christians are sometimes challenged by blasphemous thoughts about God's righteousness, goodness, grace, etc., and by doubts about the truth of God's Word,
the world despises God's grace, heaven, and salvation offered in His Word;
John 8:49-50, 54-55, 58.
Genesis 8:21; Romans 8:7.
Job 14:4; Psalm 14:3; Romans 3:23.
Matthew 15:19; John 3:6.