Until recently, I was unaware of the Jewish opposition to the notion that we are all born with a sinful nature. I had always heard it taught, and I assumed it was a universally acknowledged truth. Besides, that people are by nature sinful and in need of a Savior seemed self-evident. I did not know that so many people deny that truth, which is undeniably biblical.
Thinking on this, I realized again how much the apostle Paul learned from God. Mankind’s natural state of sinfulness was a revelation to him from God. It was not personal opinion that inspired Paul to write, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” and “In me, that is, in my flesh(ly nature), dwells no good thing.” Without being greatly humbled by God, and without a revelation from God, Paul would have never even thought to confess such truth as that.