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The Depraved Mind

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Stephen Johns

on 21 June 2015

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Transcript of The Depraved Mind

The Idolatrous Mind
Romans 1:28-32
". . . it is the power of God for salvation"
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men . . ."
Comprehending the Debased Mind
Its Primary Thought Pattern
God Gives Them Up
The Pathology of the Debased Mind
Romans 1:16-17

"“16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
vs. 18 - Suppression of the Truth
vs. 21 - Futile in their thinking
vs. 28 - "The Truth of God is Worthless"
Ephesians 4:18

“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”
It is Captured with the image of a pitch black room
It is Expressed in the rejection of truth they deem as foolish
1 Corinthians 2:14

“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
“Foolishness is more than being stupid, (it's) that deadly combination of arrogance and ignorance.” - Paul Tripp
It is Seen in never being able to break into the truth of God
2 Timothy 3:7

“always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”
The Fruit of the Debased Mind
Why This List?
What About the Good People?
A Devastating Appraisal
Wisdom
Justice
Honor
Love
Heartless
Faithless
Ruthless
Foolish
Rescuing the Debased Mind
What Do They Need?
More Information
The Law
Persuasion
Regeneration!
Ephesians 2:1-5

“1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved"
The Relationship of Regeneration to Conversion
The analogy of birth
John 3:7-8

“7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again. 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The Timing
Ephesians 2:8-9

"8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
(1 John 2:29, 3:9, 4:7, 5:1)
Romans 1:16-17

"16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
1 Thessalonians 1:5-9

"5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction . . .9b and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God"
The Glorious Power of the Gospel
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