Does the Christian really have two natures? by Rick Sarver

The other day, as I was listening to a panel of well known bible scholars, they all seem to be in agreement, that yes, we as born again Christians still do have two natures. We have a new recreated nature in Christ, but we still have the old fallen sinful nature passed down to us from Adam.

These bible scholars went on to explain that these two natures are kind of like two dogs, a white dog and a black dog that are in a constant dog fight with each other and which ever dog that we personally feed each day will determine which dog will ultimately win and dominate our lives, but is this really what the Bible teaches?

Does the Christian really have two dog like natures  inside of them  scrapping for control?

If theses Bible scholars are right in their assumption, then what they are really saying is that when we were born again our old nature never really left, it just kind of moved over and made room for the new nature of Christ to move in !  so now, these two natures, the old (satanic nature) and (the new nature of Christ) co-exist in the same house together, its kind of like saying "they are now roommates fighting for control of the same house",  but is Jesus really sharing the same house with the devil?

I don't think so! Lets see what Jesus himself said about this two nature Idea.

Mark 3:23 The teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.” Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked. “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse. Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart. 

And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive. Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

Jesus said a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand! A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Jesus, did not rise from the dead, to then move in and become roommates with our old nature! No! Jesus evicted our old nature and then moved in. The Christian does not have two natures, but one new nature created in Christ.

2 Cor 5:17 says, " Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God.

The Bible says that the old passed away and now all things are new and are of God!

When someone dies don't we usually say " yes so and so just passed away" Well thats what happened when we received Christ the old passed away! OUR OLD NATURE was actually taken OUT OF THE WAY away and was CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST ! The old  does not coexist with Christ, it no longer exists !  The only THING THAT EXISTS in the life of the Christian IS OUR BRAND NEW NATURE IN CHRIST.

Gal 2:20-21 Confirms this truth " I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives 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.

What part of me was crucified with Christ? The old me was crucified with Christ and the new recreated me is now just like Jesus, because I have been recreated in Christ. The Bible says " As He is so are we in this life" Does Jesus have two natures? Neither do we!

Now according to the word, once we receive Christ, we become a new creation in Christ, the old is passed away, it no longer exists and all things are made new and now all things are of God. We do not  have a new and old nature  co-existing side by side no no no!! The bible says the old nature is completely gone!  In fact it was surgically cut out !

Romans 2:28-29 For he ( gentile ) is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Colossians 2:10-12 says "So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.  When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

The Bible says that Christ performed a spiritual circumcision- the cutting away of our sinful nature.

We are not just poor old sinners saved by grace, struggling along with two natures fighting for dominance  and control, Rubbish! We are now new creations in Christ Jesus and we are also the very righteousness of God in Christ, the old was cut out of the way and now we are new in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 Tells us  "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

Ezekiel 11:19-20  God Says, 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:

Two years ago my wife bought a nice big turkey for our  Thanksgiving dinner, when she got the turkey home she defrosted it and then  began to take the insides out so she could then stuff the turkey with dressing. Well, as she was taking the insides out she discovered something about this particular turkey that she had never found in previous turkeys, this turkey had two hearts! She yelled at me from the kitchen and said " Rick" this turkey has two hearts!. When I heard hers say this, I immediately felt a sermon coming on.

I said yes this is exactly what most Christians believe! They are like this turkey with two hearts! Many Christians think they still have two hearts, a good heart and a wicked heart!. A clean heart and a dirty heart!, but the bible says that God took away our old heart and gave  us a brand new one! God did not leave us like this turkey with two hearts !, neither did He leave us with two natures to struggle it out! No ! God took away the old and gave us one new heart and one new nature in Christ!, but we must believe this reality truth in order to experience it, because its only  through faith that we obtain the promises of God.

Proverbs 27:3 Tells us " as a man believes in His own heart so is He! If we believe we have two natures or two hearts, then we will constantly be in an introspective battle with ourselves! We need to understand that the war is over, Jesus defeated the devil and He has already felt with your old nature. You are no longer in Adam but you are now new in Christ. The old passed away and the new has come!

So where did this Idea of our having two natures really come from? Well first of all, I believe it is a doctrine of devils to keep us shut down from knowing our new Identity in Christ and second it really came from a gross mistranslation of the scriptures. Namely the NIV translation.

 Romans 7:25 (NIV)  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.

The NIV translates the word flesh into sinful nature, which is a gross mistranslation. The original word for flesh in the greek is not sinful nature but sarx which means flesh and bones, not sinful nature!

The truth is that we still do walk around in corruptible flesh, that is this body has not yet experienced full impact of redemption, but in our spirit, we are complete, holy and righteous in Christ! We do not have a sin nature. We have one new heart and one new nature in Christ.

It is because of bad translations like the NIV that many believers are left confused, but we must learn to rightly divide the word of truth.

Again in Romans 7:18  the NIV mistranslates flesh into sinful nature

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

Again sinful nature is not the correct translation, it should be translated flesh, as in flesh that covers the bones.

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