Christians do not have a dual personality

Our human nature will be restored to holiness just like the human nature of Jesus, when He dwelt among us, and just like Adam before the Fall.

Many of us have been taught through the years that when we receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour we receive a new nature.  So that we have an old nature and a new nature to battle it out for the rest of our lives.  That would give us a dual personality.  It is not logical and it is not Biblical.  Adam was created in totally perfect humanity with a human nature which was fully in tune with God.  We talk about “the Fall”.  What do we mean?  What fall?  Adam’s nature and with that Fall the Spirit of God moved out of man and the FLESH moved in.  The Bible says nothing about receiving a new nature but much about (John 3:36, 1 John 5:11-13) receiving Jesus Christ and eternal life.  If we had a new nature why would we become partakers (2 Peter 1:4) of the Divine nature?

When God sent the second Adam (Hebrews 1:3) to earth He was the sole human expression of God’s glory and the very image of God’s nature.  He didn’t have two natures, He had a human nature just like Adam’s (Genesis 1:26-27) before the Fall.  Adam was created in God’s image – a human being with one nature that was totally right with God.  When we see Jesus (1 John 3:2) we will be completely restored to the image of God and our human nature will be completely restored to holiness just like the human nature of Jesus was when (John 1:14) He dwelt among us and just like Adam’s before the Fall.

I could find nothing in the Bible about a new nature but much about a new life, a new relationship, a new enabling power and (Colossians 1:27) incarnate Deity.  God has given us a free will and because we are partakers of the Divine nature and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we are enabled to build a godly character by our free will moral choices.  We can turn the natural into the spiritual by choosing to obey the Holy Spirit.  Choices such as – react or respond, hold a grudge or forgive, retaliate in kind or show love – in every aspect of our lives because everything matters.  Only the magnificence and terror of our free will can enhance or limit the holiness God puts within us as He continues progressively (Philippians 1:6) His good work in us.  We need to be constantly aware that the good is the enemy of the best, the urgent is the thief of the essential and impulse is the destroyer of discipline.  Our human nature can only be spiritualized by determined discipline as we take every thought and project into captivity (2 Corinthians 10:5) to obey Christ.  There is no mention in God’s Word about a struggle between an old and a new nature but declares the struggle of the flesh (Galatians 5:17) against the Holy Spirit.  The flesh is enmity against God because the Fall produced the rebel flesh, the flesh corrupted human nature and (1 Corinthians 2:14) the spiritual became natural.

 

We no longer have the heart and mind of a rebel but in ourselves we have temptations through seducing attractions and wrong desires.  How can we live the victorious Christian life?  The happiest moment in my life was not when I was saved and not when I got married.  I remember every detail, when at a Bible Conference in Florida many years ago, suddenly I realized that I cannot live the Christian life and God doesn’t expect me to because He has planned and prepared for that to be lived in and through me by the ONLY ONE WHO CAN.  In a moment this became my deep-down-inside personal TRUTH. I get (Galatians 2:20) not I but Christ.  Christ is (Colossians 3:4) our life.

 

We have received (Galatians 3:14) the blessing promised to Abraham which is the restoration of the Holy Spirit to the human spirit and we are spiritually alive because (John 14:16-17) He is with us and in us forever.  Everything about us should increasingly reveal that God has predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son and that includes our one-and-only human nature.

 

The death I could not die (Romans 5:10) purchased for me the Life I could not live.

 

Mary was highly favoured by God because she was chosen (Luke 1:28, 32) to have the Son of God physically born in her.  Do we pause in wonder to consider how highly favoured we are?  We have been chosen (Ephesians 1:4) to have the Son of God spiritually born in us and (Romans 8:10) impute to us His righteousness.  God could never have pardoned you and me if He had pardoned Jesus, but He didn’t, He couldn’t.  Jesus took our sin, our guilt, our deserving and therefore could never be pardoned.  He even took (Galatians 3:13) our curse.  God took everything in me and transferred it to Jesus.  Then He took

everything in sinless Jesus and (2 Corinthians 5:21) and placed it within me.  Now God could begin (Philippians 1:6) His good work in me for progressive growth, development and godly character.  But not until --- He Himself must take the full measure of punishment, sufficient to pay in full for a sin-debt that could never be pardoned apart from Him and the staggering cost of His Atonement.

 

“Nearer, still nearer, close to Thy heart, hold me my Saviour, so precious Thou art.”

 

Forever we have (Colossians 1:27) incarnate Deity because of WHO lives in us, shouldn’t that TRUTH make a significant difference around us.

 

Remember when Jesus asked the Father to honour His Name and the Father said He would.  Let us, you and I, determine to be so one (John 17:21) with the Father that we hear Him tell us that He will honour His Name in His beloved Son in and through us.

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