Man’s Sinful Nature


Bible verses on man’s sinful nature

Bad behavior may have resulted from our upbringing, but scripture is clear—our nature is sinful. Paul made it plain when he talked about it. He may be considered the greatest apostle, but he confessed to being the “worst sinner of all.”

He was, of course, referring to his “old self.” Before Christ came to him, he persecuted Christians and killed many. Still, Paul frequently wrote the subject of man’s sinful nature in his epistles.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:14 – The ‘natural person’ cannot understand God.
  • 1 John 1:10 – If we say we have not sinned, we make God a liar.
  • 1 John 1:7-9 – If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.
  • 1 Peter 2:11 –  Abstain from the passions of the flesh.
  • 2 Peter 1:4 – The world is corrupt because of sinful desire.
  • Colossians 3:5 – Put to death therefore what is earthly in you.
  • Ecclesiastes 7:20 –  there is not a righteous man on earth.
  • Ephesians 2:3 – We’re by nature children of wrath.
  • Ephesians 2:5 – We were dead in the trespasses and sins.
  • Ephesians 4:22 – Put off your old self, which is corrupt.
  • Galatians 5:16 – You will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
  • Galatians 5:17 – The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit.
  • Galatians 5:19 – The work of the flesh is evident.
  • Isaiah 64:6 – Our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
  • James 3:2 – For we all stumble in many ways.
  • Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful.
  • Mark 7:23 – All these evil things come from within.
  • Psalm 51:5 – In sin did my mother conceive me.
  • Psalm 58:3 – Wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth.
  • Romans 13:14 – Do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
  • Romans 3:10 – As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one.
  • Romans 3:23 – All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.
  • Romans 5:12 – Sin came into the world through man.
  • Romans 5:8 – Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
  • Romans 6:6 – Our old self was crucified with Him.
  • Romans 7:5 – Our sinful passions bear the fruit for death.
  • Romans 7:15 – I am of the flesh, under sin, I do not understand my own actions.
  • Romans 7:17 –  Sin that dwells within me.
  • Romans 7:18 – I know nothing good dwells in my flesh.
  • Romans 7:25 – With my flesh I serve the law of sin.
  • Romans 8:7 – The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God
  • Romans 8:8 – Those in the flesh cannot please God.

Only Jesus is good, only He is sinless

1 Peter 2:22
He did not sin; neither was deceit found in his mouth.

1 Peter 1:19
But with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.


Jesus has overtaken our sinful nature

Romans 6:6
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Romans 6:17-18
But thanks be to God that you who were once slaves of sin set us free from sin have become slaves of righteousness.


With Jesus, our sinful nature is no more

Romans 7:24-25
Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

John 1:1-5
In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was at the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Psalm 119:9
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to God’s word.


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