Last time, we talked about being born with the sinful nature. Again, a lot of people don’t believe it and that’s fine. The word of God says otherwise via
Romans 5:12 – “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
Psalm 51:5 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
This lesson continues the sinful nature series, where we discuss the sinful nature and being a Christian.
The Ongoing Battle inside the Believer
Every believer has two natures inside of them according to Galatians 5:17, where it says:
“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”
There is a war literally going on inside every believer, because you as a believer and follower of Christ want to do the things of God, because you’re now a new creature. However, the sinful nature (or flesh whatever you would like to call it) is still living in our mortal bodies. It wants control, as well, so that you will continue to do what comes naturally, so to speak; and believe me, it’s considered normal when we sin, because it’s our born nature. It’s sad, but true. It’s unbelievable, but true.
A lot of Christians think that the only terrible, clutch your pearls sin is smoking, drinking, and having sex outside of marriage. Yeah, God considers ALL sin as sin. No particular sin is special or different from the other. In the eyes of God, sin is all the same.
As a believer, I’ll tell you straight up that I struggle with my flesh, just like you struggle with yours. I still struggle with carnal desires and how to handle them, because I’m not married. I can cuss, especially when angered or frustrated, especially in pain. Sometimes I have a bad attitude, I’m moody, I can be selfish and annoying, I have a temper, and the list goes on and on. I’m not perfect by far and my flesh doesn’t die until the day I physically die (unless I’m raptured up, which ever comes first). That’s why I have a huge problem with doctrines that say one can lose their salvation. If that were true, then why did God bothered to save us on the cross or why did he give us the indwelling of his Spirit? I mean seriously, who write these doctrines? Ooo I know the answer….Man that think they can twist the word for their own glorification. (Yall know I aint scared to go there)
Even Paul said and he talks about the struggle of the sinful nature inside the believer in full detail in Romans 7
7 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good.
13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
This is proof here that the body of Christ still struggles on a day to day basis with the sinful nature. You want to do good, you desire to do good and sometimes you give into your flesh. Just own it!
We were not suppose to go into the presence of God, we don’t deserve it, because of our nature that we have inherited from Adam; we’re considered to be mortal enemies but praise be to God that he made a way for mankind to be reconciled back to him. All we have to do is believe in Jesus Christ, admit that you are a sinner in need of a savior and right there in that moment, you become a new creature and you receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
As I stated before, as believers of Christ, we want to do good, but sometimes we give into the flesh. God knows this. But the great thing about our Merciful Father is that he is a forgiven God.
1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
And please don’t say that you don’t sin as a Christian, because you just lied. 1 John 1:10 states “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Ok let’s back it up some. 1 John 1:8 says “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” So, get over yourselves and own the fact that you will sin from time to time, whether it’s intentional or not and own it. (I’m sorry if that was a bit harsh)
The cool thing about God is that once we confess the sin, he remembers it no more. Why? Because when Jesus gave up his life on the cross, he died for past, present, and future sins. Our sins were nailed to the Cross. The penalty for sin is death and that was paid for in full. (Praise you Jesus the Christ!)
Remember that God knows all about our struggles and even fears that we may and will have about living the life of being a believer, while still having the sinful nature in us. It’s literally a groaning, because we want to get rid of it. (Check out Romans 8) In fact, the NT letters were written to the different churches for instructions and guidelines, as well as general information about how to live as the body of Christ. And remember that the day you decided to trust Christ as your Lord and Savior is the day that you passed from death unto life.
Paul said “We’re no longer law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) We got it a lot easier than OT believers (that’s another lesson though).
So, we have one more lesson to go to the Sinful Nature series, unless the Lord wants me to extend it. Next time it will be regarding the Sinful nature and the Spirit of God. If you’re new to the blog and you want to know how you can become apart of the body of Christ, feel free to check out the page “What can I do to be saved?” It’s a new year, why not have a new life, as well and start out 2014 with Jesus Christ by your side.
Until next time and be safe out here.