A COUNTERFEIT STRUGGLE WITHIN
We should be on our guard concerning another perspective about the
two natures.  The Adamic nature can support a struggle between good
and evil suggesting a counterfeit to the struggle that goes on between
the two natures of the converted person.  

When Paul says that the carnal mind – the fleshly-Adamic nature – is
not subject to the law of God, we must understand that Paul is
expressing the sense of the spirit of the law.  It is a truism that human
beings are able to keep much of the Law of God according to the
letter.  However, God expects the converted man to keep the law
according to the spirit – a much higher level of accomplishment than
just the letter of the law.  It is one thing to refrain from murder and
another to refrain from hating.  If one does not murder, he has well
satisfied the requirements of the letter of the law on this one point.  
However, if one would satisfy the spirit of the law in this one point, he
must not hate.

There is many a fine unconverted person who has not broken the law
concerning murder.  Therefore, when Paul informs us that the carnal
mind is not subject to the law of God we must understand that he is
referring to living according to the spirit of the law of God rather than
the letter.

Hence, a struggle can go on in the Adamic mind between keeping the
law in the letter and not doing so, or between anything the person sets
up as either acceptable or against his conscience.  A struggle alone is no
proof that the person has received the holy spirit.

How then can we know whether the struggle is one familiar to the
Adamic mind or a struggle between the Adamic mind and the mind of
God?  The nature of the struggle and whether we are accomplishing a
change of character for good over time helps to unravel this mystery;
however, there is a greater revelation that causes one to understand
this mystery.  It is good at this point to just realize that a counterfeit
does exist.
WORKS OF THE FLESHLY NATURE
Formally, the covenant – the Ten Commandments – expresses what we
need to avoid and conversely what we need to embrace in order to
become a Son of God.  However, the Apostle Paul detailed some of the
works of the fleshly nature in the book of Galatians.  Notice that Paul
specifies that those who live their lives according to these works
will not
inherit
the kingdom of God.  This tells us that it must be possible to
avoid these works.  Moreover, we avoid these works when we live our
lives according to the spiritual nature as Christ strengthens us.  

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these;
Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell
you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things
shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
FRUITS OF THE SPIRITUAL NATURE
When we live our life according to the spiritual nature, we produce the
fruit of the spirit.  Paul explains that there is no law against these good
things.  Laws usually explain the evil things to shun.  In Romans 6:6,
Paul uses the term “old man” to refer to the whole Adamic man, before
baptism.  God applied the Sin Offering to eradicate the “body of sin” –
the bulk of sin we accumulated before baptism.  Therefore, baptism
symbolizes the burial of the old man – what we were; and we must daily
crucify the nature of the Adamic Mind, with the help of Christ.  
Moreover, the symbolic death of the Adamic Nature includes its
affections, lusts, and sins.  We must serve righteousness rather than sin.  
This is a process – the very reason for being human – which takes a
lifetime.  However, this concept shows that one of the elements of our
struggle is progress toward doing righteousness.  If one cannot make
progress in this effort, something is wrong.  Three elements determine
the progress:  #1) the indwelling of the holy spirit and #2) strength from
Christ received by asking for it and #3) the desire to do good rather than
evil, which we project when the first two elements are in place.

In verse 25, Paul tells us that if we have received this spiritual nature
then let us walk according to the fruit of the spirit – in other words, let
us use the spiritual nature rather than the fleshly nature.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body
of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
CHRIST'S AND PAUL'S MESSAGE THE SAME
The Messiah expressed the same doctrine before Paul.  The spiritual
nature gives one life.  The fleshly nature is useless from the perspective
of giving life.  Life comes from Christ – the Word of God.  We must
understand that the concept of “the useless fleshly nature” is from a
perspective.  The fleshly nature is profitable from the negative
perspective in that it acts as a weight of sin against which we can resist.  
If this were not true, there would be no need for the human element.  
However, from the positive perspective of giving life the fleshly nature
is useless.  

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they] are life.

Hebrews 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily
beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

We cannot improve the fleshly nature – it is always corrupt.  We cannot
improve the spiritual nature – it is always righteous.  However, what we
can do is live according to the spiritual nature (the mind of God given to
us at baptism) thereby laying a good foundation in our unique spirit (the
spirit that goes back to God who gave it) against the time to come so
that we may lay hold on eternal life.  Moreover, we do this in contrast to
living according to the fleshly nature (the Adamic mind), which earns
eternal death.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it.
TWO TYPES OF BIRTH
The two natures in the converted person is, no doubt, what the Messiah
referred to in John 3:6 when He said:

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.

In other words, Christ was teaching Nicodemus about the two different
natures in the converted person.  The flesh dies but the spirit lives.  
Only those who receive the holy spirit – the spiritual nature – can enter
into the Kingdom of God.

John 3:1  There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the
Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou
art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest,
except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus was confused for he was thinking of being born a second
time according to the flesh.

John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old?  
Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

Christ explained that except a man is born of water (the fleshly birth
that Nicodemus had just mentioned) and of the spirit (the spiritual birth)
he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.  Biblical commentators are in
much disagreement over what the word “water” represents here.  Some
say that it refers to baptism and others say that it is another reference
to the holy spirit.  The context seems to imply two different types of
births.  The subject is being born “again”.  Therefore, the subject is that
of two different births.

Christ speaks of being born again.  Nicodemus has in mind a second
fleshly birth.  Christ explains that, yes a man must be born of the flesh
(water: a reference to the water which the baby remains in until just
before the point of birth) however, he must also be born of the spirit
explaining to Nicodemus that the second birth is not of a fleshly nature.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Whether Christ is speaking of the begotten stage of our spiritual birth
or the time when the spiritual nature receives a spirit body we will not
discuss in detail here.  However, Paul speaks of crucifying the old man
(the body of sin acquired before baptism) and putting on the new man –
the man that has a spiritual mind/nature and awaits a new body at the
resurrection.  The new man, of those converted – a figure of the holy
spirit with our unique spirit – is in contrast to the old man – a figure of
the Adamic mind, which is the physical mind with our unique spirit.  
Therefore, being born of the spirit, in John 3:5, seems to refer to the
receipt of the holy spirit.  No one can point to the holy spirit or the
unique spirit in man, for it is something that we cannot see.  The holy
spirit is in the converted man, and we know it is there because of the
effects – just as the case with the wind.  Paul explains that he who is in
Christ is a new creature, already.  The only addition that remains is the
body, but that is not the thinking part of the New Man.

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth (desires), and thou hearest the sound thereof,
but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is
born of the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge
after the image of him that created him:

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body
of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man
with his deeds;

Perhaps this will be less confusing if one thinks of the old man being the
physical mind and unique spirit while the new man is the spiritual mind
and unique spirit.  However, Paul seems to use the term “Old Man” in
reference to the “body of sin” or accumulation of sin before baptism.  
After baptism, he tends to use other terms such as “Old Nature”.  The
Old Man” dies with the application of the Sin Offering.  The Trespass
Offering helps us to deal with the Old Nature, which remains with us
after baptism.  If we program the unique spirit (the spirit that goes back
to God who gave it; sometimes referred to as the soul: Matthew 10:28)
using the Adamic Nature, we reap death.  If we program the soul/spirit,
using the new-man nature (spirit of God – holy spirit), we inherit eternal
life in the Kingdom of God.  The body aspect is immaterial – the
physical body does the bidding of the mind (either of which we exert)
and the soul/unique spirit records the character either good or evil as a
foundation for our future: either eternal life or eternal death.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them, which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear him, which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Whether Christ was referring to the begotten stage or the born stage
each must determine for himself – the same Greek word is translated
both as begotten and as born; however, Paul refers to the converted as
sons of God – now.  Moreover, the Apostles Peter and Paul refer to the
converted as babes that desire milk.  Peter expresses this as good for
the newly converted.  However, Paul expresses this as not so good for
those who have been around long enough that they should be full age.  It
is clear therefore, that Paul and Peter referred to the converted as past
the stage of birth and we can only conclude that this birth is a spiritual
birth.  

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we
shall see him as he is.

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may
grow thereby:

Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by
reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Paul expresses that nothing in his fleshly nature was good.  We must
understand this to be Paul’s meaning for he knew, as the bible explains
that the spirit of God dwells in the converted person.  Therefore, we
understand Paul from a perspective.  We must comprehend almost
every statement of the bible from a perspective.  Usually one finds the
perspective in the context of the subject at hand.  Sometimes the
subject is clearer in one passage of the bible than in another.  This is
where we must acquire skill and rightly divide the word of truth,
realizing that there are no contradictions in the word of God.

Romans 7:18 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.

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