THE STRUGGLE

22nd January 2013 by Bill Davis
Man is born into a sinful nature and is inherently bad. Man was born into sin. As we become Christian, Satan is always trying to pull us back. Remember the fall of Adam and Eve, and with that fall, sin entered into the two previously sinless creatures that God had made. And when they, in turn, had children, their sin nature was passed along to their offspring. That sin nature immediately manifested itself in the very first man born from Adam and Eve, a man named Cain who became a murderer. Instead of only the image of God being passed down through the human procreation process, a sin nature was passed as well.
Some Christians have been taught that they lose their sin nature once they receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. But Scripture says that the sin nature remains after a person becomes a believer in Christ and that a struggle with that sin nature will continue until they are glorified in eternity. Paul spoke of his struggle when he said:
Romans 7:15&20 New International Version (NIV); “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
The struggle between the sinful and regenerated spiritual nature in a Christian will be quite evident to a person who has been born again, but such a battle will not occur in a person who has not become a believer in Christ. They remain spiritually dead and are not sensitive to sin as a Christian is. The phrase “abiding in Christ” pictures an intimate, close relationship, and not just a superficial acquaintance.
John 15:4-7 New International Version (NIV); “Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in Me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”
It really gets kind of simple. Without Christ in your life, guiding you, you are lost. We must remain in Him because without Him, we are without the ability to deal with this world. We must include obedience to Christ’s commands.
John 15:10 New International Version (NIV); “If you keep My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.”
1 John 2:6 New International Version (NIV) “Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.”
We must strive to live as Christ lived. We must strive to love as Christ loved.
Bill Davis

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