Mankind isn’t sinful because he has sinned. Rather, man sins because he is sinful. His sins do not corrupt his heart making him sinful. His heart that is sinfully corrupted causes him to sin. The bible is clear that all have sinned. (Romans 3:23). This is due to the fact that we all were born with a corrupted nature of wrath. (Ephesians 2:3). The level of sinfulness in the individual’s heart and manifest actions is insignificant. Whether the sin is great or small its wage is still death, and eternal condemnation. Since our nature has been corrupted by sin our whole being is corrupt.
Only Jesus can redeem us from our sins and transform us from life unto death. John 8:36 says, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” and Romans 6:14 tells us, because of the grace of God, “Sin shall no not be master over you.” When we trust in Jesus we are transformed from a nature of wrath to the nature of Christ. Since we are sinful we don’t deserve God’s gift. But praise be to God that He is a God of grace who gives us what we don’t deserve. We truly don’t want what we deserve. We simply receive God’s grace, which opens the door for His work of transformation, by faith.