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The Believer’s Two Natures

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A poor understanding of the believer’s two natures is the number one reason that causes a brand new believer to doubt and give up on their decision to follow Christ. It also causes many believers to lack full assurance of their salvation.  WHY?…

The Scriptures teach that every redeemed person is the possessor of two natures. One is received by natural birth, which is wholly and hopelessly bad. The other is a new nature received through the new birth, which is the nature of God Himself, and therefore wholly good.

The natural man (born of the flesh)

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 

By these it appears that the unbeliever has a three-fold incapacity. He may be gifted, cultured, friendly, generous, religious—or all these together, but he can neither please, obey, nor understand God. The believer, while still having his old nature, has received a new nature which, “after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).

 

The new man (born of the Spirit)

 

John 1:11-13 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Conflict between the two natures

Romans 7:14-25 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

Study carefully the battle between the two “I’s” – the old Saul and the new Paul. It is an experience like this which so perplexes and discourages young converts, and leads them to doubt their acceptance with God.

 

Our Helper (the Holy Spirit)

 

Galatians 5:16-18 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Romans 8:12-13 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

The new man has a mighty helper in the indwelling Spirit, and the secret of victory over the natural man is to walk in the Spirit.

Crucified with Christ

Romans 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

The Scriptures do not teach that it is God’s purpose to improve, or make over, the old nature. The expression, “a change of heart,” is not found in the Word. The Scriptures do teach that our “old man is crucified with [Christ]” (Romans 6:6). In that sense we “are dead.” And we are called upon to make this constant experience by mortifying (treating as dead) our old man and his desires.

Many new believers will doubt their salvation because they do not understand the internal war that is taking place and that this internal struggle is actually evidence that they are saved.  This is why we need to trust in the finished work of Christ!

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The Believers Two Natures

 

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Updated: April 1, 2016 — 1:40 am

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