What about our old sin nature?

Now sin has lost its grip on me,

          Forever Christ enthroned in me,

          For all my needs – whether huge or small,

          Jesus is my ALL in all.

Years ago in an Adult Sunday School Class the leader described the Christian life this way.  “It is like 2 dogs always fighting.  The black dog represents our old nature and the white dog represents the Holy Spirit”.  I resented the use of a dog to represent Almighty God, the Holy Spirit and I flatly rejected the whole idea.  It certainly does not describe the life which our Saviour died to purchase for us.  Over the years I’ve had some struggles with understanding but I’m still learning.  My study of scripture brings me to agree with Dr. C. Stanley on this matter of the old nature.  It is not the ‘FLESH’ of (Galatians 5:17).  Let’s consider a few verses.

When we received Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we became a new creation altogether (2 Corinthians 5:17) the old was gone and the new had come.  What was the old nature and where did it go?  Dig deeply into these verses.  All our sins – every one of them (Colossians 2:10-15) were written on our legal death certificate.  Confession and repentance cannot grant us forgiveness of sin.  Only (1 Peter 1:19) the precious Blood of Jesus can cleanse us from sin.  It is not – oh, if I sin I just confess and carry on.  It is plain that confession and repentance show that we (1 John 1:7,9.) recognize, by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, our need of the cleansing which is available only through the precious shed Blood of Jesus.  Never think or speak or take lightly the atoning Blood.  Remember – never forget – remember the Cross of Calvary.  We have been delivered from the control and dominion of darkness (Colossians 2:13-14) through HIS BLOOD ALONE.  It is His Blood (Leviticus 17:11) that makes atonement for the soul.  Without the shedding of Blood (Hebrews 9:22 there is no remission for sin.  Don’t confuse churchianity with Christianity.  Apart from the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross at Calvary – we are hopelessly doomed forever.  “When I see the Blood (Exodus 12:23) I will pass over you”  

What was cut away from us by spiritual circumcision (Colossians 2:11-12) – nailed to the Cross of Christ – and buried with Him? - - - Our sinful, carnal NATURE.  We have been (Galatians 2:20) crucified with Christ and buried with Him.  The old nature is dead and buried and we are partakers (2 Peter 1:4) of the Divine Nature.  Can we – we must – truly grasp the fact that the Godhead dwells within us.  I can hear some questions, so stick with me as I continue to probe.  We know (Romans 6:6) not think or guess or hope, but KNOW that our old self was nailed to the Cross with Christ in order that our body, which is the instrument of sin, may be made ineffective and inactive for evil because we are no longer slaves to sin.  Do not let sin rule in your perishable body – do not yield your bodily members as tools of wickedness.  Is it becoming clearer, are we getting the picture of inside and outside?

If the old nature is dead and gone, how come Paul says (Romans 7:14-15) I am a creature of the flesh, can’t do what I desire to do but do what I do not desire to do???  My personal opinion is that some of us (as I did) considered the old nature and the flesh to be one and the same, and that bought us confusion.

FACT – my old nature is nailed to the Cross and buried.  God killed it outright and He did not retrieve it and patch it up.

FLESH – flesh is my actual flesh, the house I live in, my body.  The desires of my body have been programmed for years by what I saw, heard, was taught, also by habits, desires, preferences, indulgences. etc.  The desires of the old nature still cling to the flesh but the old nature is dead and even if we now have good desires there is no strength from that source to live righteously.  God never expected us to live the new life in the strength of the old life, which is dead and buried with Christ (Romans 5:6, Colossians 2:12) in our identification with Him.  We are raised with Him to a brand new life and sin is totally out of character for us because the life of Christ is in us.  When I received Jesus as my Saviour – instantly – INSIDE – all new with none of the old remaining.  But – OUTSIDE – a different story, not all perfect until (1 John 3:2) I see Jesus in my imperishable body.  But must I continue to sin?  I always can indulge bodily cravings for anger, revenge, sex or food etc. But I never have to (Romans 7:24-25) serve the law of sin.  The appetites and desires of my body are shackles that make me wretched – BUT – thank God, Jesus Christ can deliver me and give me a heart and mind to serve God.  That’s why it’s our bodies (Romans 12:1) we need to present – yield – surrender as a living sacrifice to God.  When we are saved, the Holy Spirit seals us (Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30) eternally and baptizes us into Christ.

As we surrender to Him, gradually the natural is transformed into the spiritual by the (2 Thessalonians 2:13) sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit so that Christ will be (Philippians 1:20-2l) exalted and magnified in our bodies as He lives in us and through us His victorious resurrection life.  We are free to obey (Romans 7:22) the law of God with (1 Corinthians 2:16) the mind of Christ.

We all have times of temptation because of the entrenched bodily desires of the flesh.  We are instructed (Galatians 5:24) to crucify the flesh, to put to death (Romans 8:13) the godless desires and deeds prompted by the flesh.  You can kill anything by continuous neglect – a baby – a plant – your flesh.  Ignore it, don’t nourish it by caving in to it or else we damage ourselves.  Listen to the warning - - abstain from the evil desires of the flesh because (1 Peter 2:11) they wage war against the soul.

Do we recognize the scope, power, possibilities and responsibility of our free will?  Cain killed Abel because (1 John 3:12) Abel’s deeds were righteous and exposed Cain’s unrighteousness.  Cain was the prototype of evil and the vile, evil world-system and those in the world-system increasingly hate Christians.

The world-system is controlled and operated by Satan under the permissive will of God.  Why?  God will not violate the free will He gave to humans so He gives all generations ample time to make choices.  Every wrong we see in this world – large or small, local or world-wide is because somebody made a choice.  There will be consequences and there will be an end to Satan and to evil and to evil-doers.

So now we make a choice.  If we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) we will NOT gratify the lusts of the flesh.  I think we’ve all learned that Christian victory is impossible unless we are (Ephesians 5:18) filled with the Holy Spirit.  Dr. A.W Tozer – The Holy Spirit must have our full consent to displace our natural self with the Person of Christ.  The crucifying experience is explained in (Romans chapters 6,7) for the seeking Christian.  Then in chapter 8 he enters the broad, free region where self is dethroned and Christ is enthroned forever.  Pastor Brett McBride – God will take our water (John 2:7-10) and turn it into wine.  He will take our 5 loaves and 2 fish (Matthew 14:17) and feed a multitude.

Where Jesus said, “It is finished” – it was finished because when Jesus died FOR sin all true believers died TO sin.  God is not limited by space or time and He insuperably identified us with the (Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12) death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and has raised us up (Ephesians 2:6) to sit with Him in the heavenly sphere.  Also “it is finished” because we are (Colossians 2:10) complete in Him and our lives are hidden (Colossians 3:3) with Christ in God.

A couple of days ago early in the morning, a tune dropped into my head from a hymn which I couldn’t recall.  Then these words were born in my thoughts which fit that tune.  So I had a new song to sing to Jesus:

          Now sin has lost its grip on me,

          Forever Christ enthroned in me,

          For all my needs – whether huge or small,

          Jesus is my ALL in all.

 

What about my old nature?  Glad to say I lost it at Calvary and never mourned its death – which is cause for great rejoicing as we live (Philippians 4:4) exult in resurrection victory.  Is what is just up ahead for us the motivation (1 John 3:3) for our lifestyle?

In the words of Dottie Rambo’s song: --

          “We shall behold Him in all of His glory,

           Face to face, our Saviour and Lord.”

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