As children of God, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, we are conscious that our sinful nature with its sinful desires still hinders our efforts to serve the Lord as we would like to do. The bleeding woman is a reminder to us that we should daily seek healing from our Lord Jesus for our greatest ailment.
Original sin is not just this entire absence of all good in spiritual, divine things. Original sin is more than the lost image of God in mankind; it is also a wicked, corruption of the entire human nature and all its powers. Since the fall, a person inherits a wicked disposition and impurity of heart, an evil lust. We all are, inclined and disposed directly against God and His chief commandments. Yes, they are hostile toward God, especially in divine and spiritual things.
The punishment and penalty of original sin, which God has imposed upon Adam's children and upon original sin, are death, eternal damnation, and also other bodily, spiritual, temporal, eternal miseries. These include the devil's tyranny and dominion. So human nature is subject to the devil's kingdom. It is held captive under his sway, who stupefies and leads astray many a great, learned person in the world through dreadful error, heresy, and other blindness, and rushes people into all sorts of crime.
This hereditary evil is so horrible that, only for the sake of the Lord Christ, can it be forgiven before God in those baptized and believing. Furthermore, human nature, which is perverted and corrupted by original sin, must and can be healed only by the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. However, this healing is only begun in this life. It will not be perfect until the life to come. (paragraphs 11-14)
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