Hello! Thanks for opening this post. Did the title get your attention? I hope so. Perhaps one of the biggest lies Christians swallow is that they have a sinful nature. Let me explain.
But first, a thought… Is something true just because you think it is? We’ll come back to this.
2 Corinthians 5:16 – 17
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
I know what you’re thinking. “But I still struggle with sin, and I am in Christ!” Do you remember what I asked you to think about? When you are in Christ, but still sin, it doesn’t mean you’re a sinner. It just means you need a new way of thinking!
2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
God made Christ to be sin, so that we could be the righteousness of God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
You don’t have a sinful nature, you need mind transformation, a new way of thinking.
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
You don’t have a sinful nature, you need to repent. When you need to repent, you need to know how kind and good God is.
2 Peter 1:4
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
In the Greek, the word “partaker” means “a sharer”. You are a sharer of the divine nature of God. God by nature doesn’t sin! You, by nature, do not sin.
Are you still struggling with this? Then think about this… Did Adam and Eve have a sinful nature before they sinned? No, they did not. They had a free will and the capacity to believe a lie.
I’m Keith and I’m the Pastor at Calvary in Ely. I care for you and want you to be free from sin! I’m praying that you learn how good God is!