Lectures in Systematic Theology, Volume II
Doctrine of Man
“You are worthy, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power: for you did create all things, and because of your will they were, and were created (Rev. 4:11).”
Even as we should approach the doctrine of God with profound awe of divine grandeur, so also we should study the doctrine of man with a deep sense of human smallness and lowliness, with biblical humility. We should study man with the perspective that in comparison to God, man is miniscule and laden with moral poverty. We only achieve this biblical demeanor to the extent that we view human life against the backdrop of God’s Being.
It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit who wrote this perspective into the Bible would be present with us throughout these studies, and that he would cause a deep sense of the majesty of God’s Being to pervade our view of man. May God write this perspective on our hearts and grant us grace to study man with genuine humility. Only then can we profitably embrace the biblical doctrine of man. Only then can we study the original creation unto the honor and glory of God.
“Calvin said that our wisdom largely consists in knowing God and knowing ourselves. The doctrine of man plays a crucial part in every aspect of our lives. Greg Nichols offers us a feast of biblical teaching on our creation and fall, and God’s common grace to sinners. This is sound, enlightening, convicting, humbling, and encouraging theology done with both eyes on the Word of God. Buy, read, and be edified by growing in knowing yourself and God.” — Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Pastor Greg Nichols’ lectures on the doctrine of man had a profound and lasting and blessed effect for good on my thinking many years ago at the Trinity Ministerial Academy. My hope and prayer is that others through this volume will find a similar impact on their thinking and lives through this same means. I remember in particular the usefulness of his lectures on the image of God. May God mightily bless this book for good!” — Dr. Samuel Waldron, Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary, Owensboro, Kentucky
About the Author
Greg Nichols has been pastoring and teaching systematic theology for nearly 40 years. Greg formerly taught at Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, New Jersey and now teaches for Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also taught modular courses throughout the United States and in the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and Columbia. Since 1994 he has been a pastor at Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives with his wife Ginger.