The Fourfold State of Human Nature and Its Implication for the Christian Identity

Any discussion of theological anthropology cannot be separated from a discussion of the fourfold state of human nature including the original/innocent, the fallen, the regenerate, and the glorified/resurrected state. Theological anthropology is also intimately connected with the question of the identity of the Christian. On the basis of this initial insights, this paper aims to explore the theological and practical implications of the discussion of the fourfold state of human nature for the formation, establishment and strengthening of the identity of the Christian. This paper will argue that a theologically appropriate and robust understanding and appreciation of the fourfold state of human nature in accordance with the Scripture would make a decisive and indelible impact upon the Christian’s understanding of what he is and the Christian’s formation of the balanced view of his life including his mission, purpose and calling.

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