This follow-on for the September 10, 2016 blog ‘Spirit and Nature’ gives more background on our identity.
Knowing the distinction of spirit and nature is very important in understanding who we are and walking in freedom.
The Bible says that God, man, and the angelic realm are spirits.[i] Our human spirits, at birth, are patterned after the first Adam. In salvation, we are born again into the last Adam, Who is Christ Jesus, and joined to Him in spirit.[ii] These two spirits, Adam and Christ, are the foundations to understanding the two possible human natures-whether we are sharers in the sinful nature or in the divine nature.
The sinful nature, also called the flesh, is inherited from Adam and naturally sins. And, in Adam, we are by nature children of wrath.”[iii]
In contrast, by our spiritual rebirth, we are made sharers of the divine nature in Christ Jesus.[iv]
The evil, sinful nature is linked to Satan, when Jesus tells the Jews that they are of their father, the devil.[v] This is echoed by Paul: “In time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2)
In people, the root of sin is manifested by the sinful nature.[vi] Key questions about the sinful nature are, “Did God rid us of this root or does it continue into our lives in Christ? Did the Lord only forgive our sins, the symptoms of evil, or did He free us from the principle of sin itself, the sinful nature?
Be assured that our Lord Christ Jesus dealt with root nature of sin.[vii]
Salvation is the removal of the dead-to-God, sinful nature spirit followed by a replacement with a new spirit, joined to God’s Spirit—old spirit out, new spirit in.[viii]
[Extracted from The Cross Divider, pages 14-15]
[i] John 4:24; Heb 12:9; 1 Cor 2:11; 1 Th 5:23; Eph 2:2
[ii] 1 Cor 15:45-49, 1 Cor 6:17
[iii] Eph 2:3
[iv] 2 Pet 1:4
[v] John 8:44
[vi] The 1973 and 1984 New International Version (NIV) and the NIV Readers Version editions translated flesh as sinful nature to clarify which flesh definition to use. Overwhelmingly, new translations use flesh and depend on readers to infer the meaning . Original sin is associated with the flesh.
[vii] The Lord deals with roots: Matt 3:10, 15:13 ; Mark 11:12-14, 20-21 ; Luke 17:6
[viii] Those who are joined to the Lord are one spirit (1 Cor 6:17). Christ [in spirit] is formed in you [your spirit] (Gal 4:19). And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh: (Eze 11:19). Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit (Eze 18:31a). I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh (Eze 36:26).