Does man have a “sin nature”? We certainly hear a lot about it from the pulpit! But does it actually appear in the Bible? In this lesson we will learn a little about the history of this term and see exactly what the Scriptures say about it. You may find this one of the most freeing teachings on this website!
Romans 7:18 (NIV) – For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
Romans 7:25 (NIV) – Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
σαρξ (sarx) = “flesh”
Galatians 5:17 (ESV) – For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
Galatians 5:17 (CJB) – For the old nature wants what is contrary to the spirit, and the spirit wants what is contrary to the old nature. These oppose each other, so that you find yourselves unable to carry out your good intentions.
φύσις (phusis) = “nature”
The Complete Jewish Bible uses the term “old nature” 31 times to translate the word σαρξ – “flesh”.
Romans 2:14-15 – For when Gentiles, who do not have the Torah, by nature do what the Torah requires, they are a Torah to themselves, even though they do not have the Torah. They show that the work of the Torah is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.
Ephesians 4:22 (CJB) – Then, so far as your former way of life is concerned, you must strip off your old nature, because your old nature is thoroughly rotted by its deceptive desires.
Ephesians 4:22 (NAS) – That in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old man, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit.
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