The most destructive belief targets your identity in Christ. It is the sinful nature.
We have heard that we have sinful natures, even in Christ. Is that true?
Exercise 1: [Answers to all exercises are below.]
Let’s test it conceptually. Here’s two opposite headings:
Negative | Positive
Now, assign the following words and phrases to the appropriate Negative/Positive heading: anxiety, mind of Christ, flesh, Satan, grace, old man, light, sin, life, damned, love, despair, peace, carnal mind, spirit, law, God, darkness, new man, death, joy, wretched, righteousness, hate, worthy, saved, sinful nature, divine nature
Is the sinful nature consistent with the Negative or the Positive? In our old way of thinking, we made it fit with both, but does it?
Does God expect you to be holy?
“According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love:” Ephesians 1:4
“As He Who has called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
“Do not let fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness be named once among you, as is fitting for saints;” Ephesians 5:3
If you still have a sinful nature as a Christian, can it ever be holy? What does a sinful nature do by definition?
Would He tell you to be holy if that was impossible?
Can holy God and the unholy ever be in union together?
You believe that the Holy Spirit is in you in your spirit. Your identity is your spirit (1 Cor 2:11). If the nature of your identity is sinful, how can the Holy Spirit be one spirit with you (1 Cor 6:17)? Can He be one with evil (1 John 1:5, 2 Cor 6:14-18)?
If God in fact did leave you with a sinful nature, would that make you feel more loved by Him?
Was Jesus’ sacrifice powerful enough to change your identity?
Believing in error is faith in the negative. Unbelief is believing in a lie.
Believing in a sinful nature in you in Christ is a harmful, self-fulfilling prophecy.
#### Answer to Exercise 1 ####
Negative | Positive
old man new man
carnal mind mind of Christ
sinful nature divine nature
The question was: Is the sinful nature consistent with the Negative or the Positive?
Answer: It is totally consistent with the Negative and totally INCONSISTENT with the Positive! The error the church-at-large makes is continuing the inconsistency of the sinful nature into life with Christ. Impossible – the old man with his sinful nature was crucified, which means dead and in the past ! (Rom 6:6-7; Gal 5:24; Col 2:11; Rom 7:5, Rom 8:9)
#### Answer to Exercise 2 ####
Question: Would He tell you to be holy if that was impossible?
No. It’s only possible in Christ. You must know Him intimately. It is not an individual holiness you will know – it’s only a holiness you will share with Christ!
#### Answer to Exercise 3 ####
God and the unholy can never be one spirit together.
#### Answer to Exercise 4 ####
If you felt that God left you with a sinful nature, you would not have confidence in Him. In fact, you would probably blame Him for such a fatal flaw, for you will do what your nature says.
Yes, Jesus’ sacrifice was powerful enough to change everything-and it did!.
You are no longer your own (1 Cor 6:19-20). You are a new creation in Him (2 Cor 5:17). You are one spirit with Him (1 Cor 6:17).