The Origin and Nature of Humans

The Origin of Humans

Adam was both formed from the dust of the earth and created out of nothing by God (Genesis 1:26-27). Adam’s body was created out of the dust of the earth and his soul and spirit were created out of nothing (Genesis 2:7; 1:26-27). Adam was created; all other humans were procreated from Adam and Eve (Genesis 4:1,2; Genesis 5:1-32). When Adam was created, he was created in the likeness and the image of God (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 5:1,2; Genesis 2:25). Adam was created complete and in the likeness of God immediately without process. That is, he was fully mature when created.

The Body, the Soul, and the Spirit

Humans are tri-partite (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12). They have a body, which is the physical flesh; they have a soul, which is the center of their emotions (Hebrews 10:38; Matthew 26:38; Mark 14:34); they have a spirit, which is the part of them that is able to rationalize (1 Corinthians 2:11). The place where these three parts come together is referred to as the heart, which is where the determinate will of a human is formed (2 Corinthians 9:7(chose); Genesis 6:5).

The Present Condition of Unsaved Humans

All unsaved humans are totally depraved (Romans 3:9-19). They are spiritually separated from God, because of Adam’s trespass. They are not able to receive the things from the Spirit of God because their minds have been darkened (Ephesians 4:18). The Gospel for salvation is foolishness to them and their minds have been darkened to this Gospel (1 Corinthians 1:18; 4:4).

The Present Condition of Saved Humans

Saved humans still possess a fallen nature. However, they also possess a new nature, which is a quality of the Divine Nature (Ephesians 2:1,2; Romans 7:23-8:4;2 Peter 1:4). Physical death still comes to the saved person as a result of Adam’s sin (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27). The human spirit of a saved person is no longer separated from God and is able to receive the things from the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:15, 16; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:6).