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What is a sin nature? Adam and Eve were created in the image of God without a sin nature. God gave them the ability to choose to obey or not to obey. They chose to disobey. They now had a sin nature that is passed to all humans at birth.
Sin nature is that part of all of us that wants us to be rebellious against God and do those things that make us feel good, loved or to elevate ourselves. We are all born with the desire to sin. Given a choice to do God’s will or our own, chances are that we will choose our own thing.
We do not have to leach our children to be selfish or to cry when they don’t get their way. We spend a life time teaching children to be kind, to share and to be a truth teller. As adults, we struggle with the same issues that we had as kids.
If there is a sign that says, “Wet paint, Don’t touch”, I would have a strong, very strong inclination to touch.
Charles Spurgeon said, “As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.”
How can I get rid of my sin nature? When we are born of Adam, we inherit his sin nature; but when we are born again in Christ, we inherit a new nature: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”(2 Corinthians 5:17).
Our sin nature will always be with us until we die. When Christ died, it freed us from the bondage of sin. As believers with the Holy Spirit living in us, we now have power over sin. We now have a choice to say “no” and the power to repent from continuing to sin in that particular area, even if we are tempted.
Romans 7 is about Paul’s struggle with continually sinning, even when he didn’t want to sin. “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.”