Do The Scriptures Teach That The Believer Has Two Natures?
We know the natural man “receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them”. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
In 1 Peter 1:23 it says there are two seeds, a birth and flesh. One seed is “corruptible”, the other is “incorruptible”.
What happens to the soul that is born again by the incorruptible seed of God?
Does he have a new nature?
Has he become a “partaker of the divine nature”?
The Scriptures declares that “we are no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit if so be the Spirit of God be in you” (Romans 8:9).
If a man does not have a new nature in the New Birth with what nature does he commune with God?
With what nature does he understand the word of God?
With what nature does he know what sin is?
With what nature does he loathe and abhor sin and himself?
What nature repents of not only what a souls does but of what he is?
What nature sees the Holiness and righteousness of God, and how He can be just and justify the ungodly?
With what nature does he see the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ in His birth, His sinless life, the satisfaction He offered to the law and justice of God by His death on the cross, and the glory of His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Throne of God where he ever lives to make intercession for his people?
Christ told Nicodemus that he must be born again. Being a natural man he had no clue what Christ meant. Christ said to him; “you are a master of Israel and don’t know these things”?
I am afraid there are lots of Nicodemus’s in the pulpits, in fact I heard one the other day make fun of believers having two natures. Only someone who has not experienced the new birth would ridicule men who preach and teach that Gods people have two natures, that we have the flesh still with us “in which dwells no good thing”, and we also have the incorruptible seed within us that makes us love and Need Christ, and makes us loathe the flesh in us.
By Donald Bell