It is essential that those who have received the holy spirit understand
that their make-up consists of two different natures, rather than only
one as in the rest of humanity. When we are born into the world, we all
begin with the Adamic Nature. The bible refers to this human nature
by several different terms. In Romans 8:6-7 the Apostle Paul uses the
term, “carnal mind” for the Adamic Mind.
When Adam sinned, God gave Satan license to infiltrate the Adamic
Mind with his evil spirit. As Paul expressed it in Romans 7:14: “…I am
carnal sold under sin”. In Hebrews, he explains that the devil has the
power of death. Therefore, as the wages of sin are death we must
conclude that God gave Satan license to influence the Adamic Mind to
do evil after Adam ate of the forbidden tree.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,
he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
In Romans 8:6-7 the Apostle Paul explains that this carnal mind is
against God and cannot be subject to the law of God. Therefore, if one
is to rise above the Adamic Nature, he must have another mind or
nature in him that is subject to the law of God – not open to corruption.
This explains why one receives the holy spirit at baptism thereby giving
him the mind necessary to complete the mission of becoming a Son of
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is
life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law
of God, neither indeed can be.
When Paul speaks of being spiritually minded rather than carnally
minded, there is a tendency to understand this in the context of man’s
Adamic mind or nature. However, when we are spiritually minded, we
are living our lives according to and with the God mind/nature rather
than the Adamic mind/nature. This is an important distinction because,
in the end, God will jettison the Adamic Nature and only His nature will
remain. Unless we have a good foundation – acquirable only with the
God Nature – we will not receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the
time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
In other words, righteousness and good deeds done with the human
nature are of no value toward eternal life. This explains why many in
the world who do not have the holy spirit do many good deeds and some
wonder if they are not godly deeds. However, these deeds are
accomplished with the Adamic mind and do not result in eternal life.
Even these good deeds contain selfishness and vainglory in their
purpose. The carnal mind cannot be subject to the law of God – the
expression of God’s perfection.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses
[are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the
wind, have taken us away.
|MAN HAS A PART IN THE STRUGGLE TO DO GOOD
A further concept that we should understand is that the converted man
has a part in the struggle between doing good and evil. There would
have been no need for God’s creation of the physical man, if he were to
be only a conduit for the actions of either God or Satan, without any
effort on his own. However, man accomplishes his part with the
spiritual nature given him at baptism rather than the fleshly nature
received from his earthly parents.
The Apostle Paul tells us that we can do all things through Christ who
strengthens us. This is a different concept to the idea that Christ does
everything for us or as some say, “Christ lives His life over again in
us”. Paul made clear that he was the one who did all things and he did
them with strength from Christ when his own power was insufficient.
This is the same concept weight lifters use when lifting heavy weights.
Someone stands alongside to help lift the bar when the weight is beyond
the strength of the weight lifter. In this way, the weight lifter trains the
body to lift heaver and heaver weights. Even so, Christ stands
alongside us to help us do what is right – with our new nature – when we
find it beyond our strength, and desire to resort to our old nature. In
this way, we program into our psyche righteous character – the element
necessary to become a Son of God.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Psalms 46:1 <<To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon
Alamoth.>> God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Even the Messiah found it necessary to receive strength from God at
certain times in His human lifetime. Furthermore, Christ explained that
we receive strength when we pray and ask for it. Christ explains in
Matthew 26:41 & Mark 14:38 – when conversely understood – that we
receive strength when we watch and pray.
Luke 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit
indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.
The disparity between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism reflects
the two extremes between man’s trying to earn his salvation on the one
hand and a concept of man having no part in the struggle between good
and evil on the other hand. The fathers of Protestantism found the
practices of the pre-protestant Roman Catholicism so odious that they
propelled themselves to the opposite extreme and have maintained that
stance to this day. There is a balance between these two extremes. An
understanding of the reason for the two natures in the converted
person – and how he is to respond to them – will help us to recognize
man’s part in the struggle between good and evil.
|THE APOSTLE PAUL SPEAKS OF TWO NATURES
The Apostle Paul explains that the desires of the flesh are against the
desires of the Spirit. In other words, the desires of the fleshly nature
and the spiritual nature are opposite to one another.
Galatians 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit and the desires
of the Spirit are against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that
you do not do the things that you wish.
The result of having two natures within is that when we wish to do
good, the fleshly nature pulls us toward doing evil and when we wish to
do evil, the spiritual nature influences us toward doing good.
Therefore, whether we are inclined to do good or evil, the struggle of
conscience within – because of these two natures – pulls us in opposite
Paul expresses it from another perspective, in Romans 7:14-20. Here
Paul speaks in reference to the law of God, a spiritual law that
expresses the perfect will of God. With our human conception we
received the Adamic nature “sold under sin” or in other words,
licensed to Satan’s evil spirit broadcast: therefore, corrupt and
incapable of doing righteous. Paul then goes into the struggle that a
person experiences between good and evil.
Romans 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal sold under
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I
hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to
will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in
Paul concludes that this struggle is hopeless without help from some
other source than the self. The answer comes through Christ. It is
Christ that makes possible the deliverance from what we are – the Sin
Offering – and from what we do – the Trespass Offering. Then Paul
equates the term “mind” with the spiritual nature and the “flesh” with
the fleshly nature. The converted person serves the law of God with
the spiritual nature and sometimes he succumbs to the law of sin with
his Adamic, fleshly nature. The law of God is the Ten Commandments
and the law of sin is that which goes contrary to the Decalogue.
Romans 7:24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind I myself
serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Paul continues this topic in the eighth chapter of Romans. He explains
that if we live our life according to the spiritual nature rather than the
fleshly nature we have no reason to receive criticism. In view of the
fact that we could not keep the law of God with the fleshly nature,
God sent Christ as a Sin Offering and Trespass Offering to condemn
the sin of the fleshly nature. By giving us the spiritual nature, we can
fulfill the righteousness of the law of God – the Ten Commandments –
The Covenant – providing we live according to the spiritual nature
rather than the fleshly nature. The nature we choose to live by,
determines our approach to either eternal death – the fleshly nature –
or to eternal life – the spiritual nature.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law
of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God
sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after
the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that
are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Paul further explains that those who live their life according to the
fleshy nature cannot please God. However, he tells us that if we have
the holy spirit we are living in the spirit rather than in the flesh. In
other words, everything that is flesh – body and Old Nature – is dying
because of sin; however, that which is spirit – New Nature and unique
spirit of man – is life and will continue forever because the holy spirit
(New Nature) is righteousness. Furthermore, God will add a spirit
body to the spirit mind making possible eternal life in an individual that
can do the will of God.
Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God
dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life
because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he
that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal
bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Therefore, Paul says our debt is not to the fleshly nature: because
living according to the Adamic Nature results in death. He was so bold
as to tell us that we must crush the deeds of our fleshly nature.
Furthermore, he says that we do this by utilizing the spiritual nature
instead of the fleshly nature, as God leads us by that very nature,
which He put in us at baptism. It is through the spiritual nature that
we become the children of God.
Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do
mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of
However, as the Apostle Paul points out, man’s mind-set or approach
to life can project toward either of these two natures. He tells us that
by walking in the spirit we will avoid fulfilling the lust of the flesh, by
this implying that it is possible to live our lives with the spiritual nature
rather than the fleshly nature. The Apostle Paul does not tell us how
we can accomplish walking in the spirit at this point. He merely states
a fact, for the spiritual nature is not subject to corruption whereas the
fleshly nature is not subject to the law of God. Here Paul expresses a
truism that the spiritual nature or mind of God within us is not open to
corruption, by the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust
of the flesh.
Paul then goes further to tell us that, if our spiritual nature leads us,
we are not under the law of the fleshly nature. One must keep the
word law within the context of the subject at hand. Paul discusses this
same subject in the seventh chapter of Romans. We can discover
some of the missing details of his discussion of this subject in Galatians
if we study it with Paul’s Romans account of the same subject.
In the seventh chapter of Romans, Paul tells us about a “law” that
when we would do good evil is present with us. Paul says that he
delights in the law of God with the spiritual nature, which he here calls
the inward man. However, Paul says that there is another “law” in our
body warring against the “law of our mind” (another phrase Paul uses
for our spiritual nature) bringing us into captivity to the “law of sin”
(another phrase Paul uses for the fleshly nature) which is in our body.
If we put these two accounts together we understand that Paul is
telling us in Galatians 5:18 that if we are led by the spiritual nature,
which we received at baptism we are not living our lives according to
the “law of sin” that we received at birth – the Adamic nature.
However, we must again express that Paul does not here tell us how
we can accomplish this fete. He merely states a fact, implying at the
same time that it is possible for the spiritual mind we received at
baptism to lead us rather than our fleshly, Adamic mind.
Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law (law of sin
– the Adamic Nature received at birth).
Romans 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,
and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members.
This again brings us to man’s reason for being. The struggle within,
between the two natures, is important for building righteous character
– a common trait in those who are Sons of God.
|CHRIST HAD TWO NATURES FROM CONCEPTION
|At this point, let us consider what we have learned in the light of the
Messiah’s thirty-plus years of human life on this earth. Being born of a
physical woman, Christ received the Adamic mind. Moreover, as we
have learned, this mind is not subject to the law of God. However,
Christ’s Father was God; therefore, He also received the mind of God
from conception. Consequently, unlike most human beings, Christ had
two natures from the beginning. He had the spiritual nature (holy
spirit) received from His Father and the fleshly-Adamic nature
received from His mother.
Christ received the holy spirit without measure from God the Father.
God filled John the Baptist with the holy spirit from his mother’s
womb; therefore, we can reason that Christ had the holy spirit without
measure from conception.
John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God
giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him].
Luke 1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither
wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his
Considering that the nature received from Christ’s Father is one that
cannot sin and the nature received from His mother is one that is not
subject to the law of God, we can only conclude that Christ never used
the nature received from His mother, for he lived a perfect life while a
human being. Further, Christ declared that He sought the will of the
Father rather than His physical will as a human being. Nowhere do we
find Christ declaring that he followed the will of His mother.
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his
mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found
with child of the Holy Ghost.
John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my
judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father
which hath sent me.
Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
|The Two Natures:
Flesh & Spirit