Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

A New Nature

Perhaps a explanation of what the term “nature” means, would be helpful:
Nature is the inclination of the heart and mind, and the characteristics of that creature.

As man, our nature comes from Adam, our first parent.

As born again man, our new nature comes from Christ Jesus our Lord.

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:”

When Adam sinned, death passed to his children, those of his nature: to all men. For we are all Adam’s children, and all have his nature, or characteristics.
(Mark 7:20-23)

God in all His Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, made a way for us to be justified before God, and saved from our sins; for He loved us.
1 John 4:9 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

That way was for God’s Son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth and live a perfect life; then become obedient unto death, and pay the price for our sins.

This He did. A way, then, was opened up for life, His life (nature) to pass on to His children, to those who have received Him.
Those who are born again.

Romans 4:5 “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him (Jesus Christ) that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

The Holy Spirit, Who abides with us forever, imparts Christ’s nature to us., giving us faith.

Romans 5:18-19 “Therefore as by the offense of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.”

We are made righteous: Think of it! Sinners made righteous, or not guilty before a Holy God!
By the merits of Jesus Christ, who sought us, and saved us from our sin!

Romans 4:7 “Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered.”

But this is not all. Jesus Christ gives His new nature, His inclination and character; so that we may walk in light all our days.

We were in darkness, fear, and anger; now we are in light, and can have joy and peace.
His new nature within us gives us access to come to God as our Father, receiving all the Father has for us, as His children; through the merits of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
To love Him.
To grow in grace.
To know His will.
To be empowered to do His will.
To obtain the many promises He has for us.

New Life is not just receiving Heaven; but receiving His new nature and being all we can be, to His praise and glory,  here and now.

 

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