2 Cor. 4:4 π Eph. 2:3 π Eph. 4:18 π Eph. 4:22
The primary fact to be recognized by every human being is the complete and utter ruin of the first creation at the Fall, when the First Adam admitted the poison of the serpent, which permeated and corrupted his whole being beyond repair. This fact of the utter corruption of the human race as a consequence of this is unmistakably declared in the New Testament:
"The old man, which waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit." ( Eph. 4:22 R.V.)
"Being darkened in their understanding; alienated from the life of God." ( Eph. 4:18 )
"We all once lived in the lusts of the flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as the rest." ( Eph. 2:3; top )
Thus the Apostle described the whole race of man, Gentile and Jew, Pharisee and Publican - in all, he said, "the prince of the power of the air" wrought, as "the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience."
These facts declared by the Word of God, and the reality of the blinded mind ( 2 Cor. 4:4; top ), and ruined condition of every human being, is the ONLY BASIS UPON WHICH THE TRUTHS WE ARE CONSIDERING IN THIS BOOK CAN BE UNDERSTOOD, AND PROVED TO BE TRUE, IN EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE.
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