DO BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS STILL HAVE A SINFUL NATURE?
Updated: Sep 5, 2019
Religion has told us that we are still sinners even after being born again. That when we were saved, we received the life of God to help us overcome the sinful nature in us. They have explained that the reason we fall into sin is because we have fed the nature of sin in us more that the nature of God.
They use Gal 5:16,17 to confirm this teaching. It reads, "walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusted against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh" Some have taught and believe that this is the battle between the God nature and satan nature in us. This was my belief for 15 years after receiving salvation until truth came.
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is that it will always be unto you according to your faith (Matt 9:29). As a man THINKS in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7) and that is why Jesus warned us to be CAREFUL OF THE THINGS WE LISTEN TO (Mark 4:24).
What you hear often, you will come to believe and what you believe controls your life. This is the secret of the success of some false religion today.
Likewise, many Christians have come to believe that they still have a sinful nature /satanic nature coexisting with the new nature/Godly nature. And you can see the results in "holiness" and "repentance" churches that afflicts their bodies with man-made rules such as: wear not, touch not and eat not. True victory can only come via accurate knowledge of truth as revealed in the New testament (the revelational knowledge).
SO WHAT IS THE TRUTH????.
The truth is according to the scripture believers don't have a sinful nature or else we will conclude that Jesus didn't finish or complete the work he came to do. Matthew 1:21, "...for he shall SAVE his people from their sins" and he did it perfectly. HOW? by first removing, destroying, annihilating, eradicating the sinful nature we inherited from Adam that leads us to commit sins (Rom 5:12).
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Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the STONY HEART out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Romans 6:6, "knowing this, that our OLD MAN is crucified (put to death) with Christ. Galatians 5:24 "and they that are Christ's have crucified the FLESH with its affection and lust" And when we become born again we receive instantly the remover of the sin nature which is described as the circumcision of the flesh in Rom 2:29 "But he is a Jew, which is one INWARDLY; and circumcision is that of the HEART, IN THE SPIRIT..."
So i believe the stony heart, the old man and the flesh refer to the sinful nature and it has been done away with forever in the believer. But the confusion in our minds now is, is this not the same flesh, sinful nature we read about in Gal 5:16?
NO! NO! NO! if it has been crucified, then that is it. The flesh here refers to our unrenewed mind and body. It was the translation of NIV that brought up this ambiguity by using the word "sinful nature" in place of flesh. the original greek word is "sarx" and there is nothing like sinful in the meaning. You can do a personal study on that.
As a born again believer, our flesh is made up of our soul and body also called outward man in 2 Cor 4:16. It is no longer sinful because the sin nature has been removed and we are NO LONGER sinners SAVED BY GRACE but SAINTS! Unbelievers are sinners not just because they sin but still have their sin-nature until they come to Christ.
WHAT ABOUT THE LUST & TEMPTATION, THE SINFUL DESIRES OF THE FLESH I SOMETIMES FEEL WITHIN ME?
Brethren...They are the old programming of the sinful nature in the unrenewed mind of our soul. That is why we experience transformation by the renewing of our mind (Rom 12:2).