Because of the fall of Adam and Eve, every single human being is born with a sin nature. It is part of our DNA. You don’t have to teach a child to sin. It is inherent within them. Tell them not to touch something, and they wait until you aren’t looking and they “touch” anyway. All of us have this sin nature.
Adam was created in the image of God. God breathed into his nostrils, and he became a living soul. The breath of God gave him life. God’s breath is the Holy Spirit. Adam was in a sinless state until he ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The minute that happened, the Spirit of God departed from Adam. He was separated from God because of his sin.
In Genesis 3:7 it says, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons (to cover their nakedness).” They had no shame in being naked before they ate of the tree but now, they were ashamed of themselves in their naked condition. They were no longer covered by the Holy Spirit or glory of God.
Because of their sin God made clothing for them of skins. Blood was shed to cover them, whereas before it was God that covered them.
They were put out of the garden because they could no longer eat of the Tree of Life. God promised that one would come to save them from their sin, but it took over two thousand years for this to come to pass. The sinful nature of man rebelled against God through all of the Old Testament. There were some that followed the ways of God, but the majority chose the life of sin.
When Jesus came, died, and rose again he provided a way to have our spirits be back in touch with God. When we receive salvation through him, and him alone, we are born again of the Spirit. God’s Holy Spirit once again lives in us. We have a new nature born of incorruptible seed. (I Peter 1:23.)
Yet, despite this, we have a war going on with the old sinful nature vs. the new, born-again nature. We are given instructions through the scriptures as to what is sin, and what to do with it. We are to put sin to death daily by crucifying our flesh. (Ephesians 5:24.) We are to live to the things of the Spirit and die to those of the flesh (old nature). God does not treat us like puppets and pulls our strings. We have to choose to walk in the Spirit and not walk in the flesh.
In Romans 8:1 (KJV) it says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” God gave Moses the law so man would know what sin was. The law cannot save anyone from their sin but was given to give revelation, so we know what to do and what not to do.
In spite of this, that war goes on in each of us. Two natures at war with each other.
Whichever nature you feed the most will control the other nature. Feed your spirit with the things of God, and the Word of God and it will be stronger than your flesh. If you neglect to feed your spirit, you can be guaranteed that the flesh will win the war.
Choose wisely. Feed your spirit and win the war. It is the only way that a Christian should live.
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