The Bible says that “flesh and blood” or unregenerate humans “cannot inherit the kingdom of God” since corruption cannot inherit incorruption (1Cor. 15:50). Therefore, the only way of salvation is through regeneration by the Spirit through faith (Jn. 3:5,6). When one accepts the Lordship of Jesus Christ, one passes from the condemnation of the old creation and becomes heir of God’s coming kingdom through the Lord Jesus Christ. The others are subject to the god of this world who is the devil (2Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 1Jn. 5:19).
Constitution of Man
Body (2Co. 5:1; Dan. 7:15)
Soul - Intellect, Will, Emotion
Spirit - Intuition, Conscience, Communion (Num. 16:22; Num. 27:16)
The Image of God in Man
1. Kinship with God (Acts 17:28)
2. Moral Character (Rom.2:15)
3. Reason (Eccl.7:25)
4. Capacity for Immortality (Eccl.12:7; Luke 16:22,23)
5. Dominion over the Earth (Gen.1:26)
Men fell from the glory of God when he disobeyed God and sinned. Through Adam's disobedience, sin entered into the world and death through sin (Rom.12:12).
At Fall the image of God in man has been marred but not erased (Gen. 9:6; 1Co. 11:7; Jas. 3:9). Man has not lost his freedom of will and power of reasoning. However, they have been severely depraved by sin. Therefore, without the work of the Holy Spirit no man can be saved. No man can climb uphill to God (Ex. 20:26). God, in Christ, and through the Spirit, meets man where he is and reconciles him to Himself (Rom. 5:8; Gal. 5:16; 1Co. 12:3).