My Wrestlings: Accountable, Not Condemned

“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.” —Romans 7:19, 20

“For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do” (Romans 7:19). My nature is flesh. I am a human being. I am a sinner because I am a descendent of Adam. Yet, by God’s grace, through faith in the righteous life, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, I am a new creature (2 Corinthans 5:17). Although this has happened, I still believe I only have one nature; that is, my humanity, which has never changed, and will not change until Christ come; yes, when we who are in Christ, “shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). I HAVE a nature, but it is no longer “natural,” meaning unsaved and reprobate (1 Corinthians 2:14). My nature, now abides with a new truth because I have been saved by God’s grace. Regeneration has given me a new heart and a new spirit; but I hesitate to call it another nature. It is spiritual and heavenly because it is the very Spirit of God, and therefore, I must call it supernatural. Perhaps you might refer to that as a “divine nature.”

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Only by Supernatural Birth

“O Sirs, if you remain what you are by nature, you may strive to do what you please, but when you have dressed out the child of nature in its finest garments, it is still only the child of nature finely dressed, but not the child of God You must be, by a supernatural birth, allied to the living God, for, if not, all the works that you may perform will not entitle you to the possession of the inheritance of the Most High.”

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