Biblical Christianity


What does it mean to have a sin nature?

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    When we speak of the nature of something, we speak of its essence, character, and quality. The essence of God, for exampe is holiness, purity, sinlessness, etc. The essence of people, on the other hand, is sinful. In Mark 7:21-23 Jesus discloses to us the very nature of our hearts when He Said, "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornictions, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deciet, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil  things proceed from within and defile the man". This is why it says in Ephesians 2:3 that we are by nature children of wrath; our hearts are sinful by nature which is the source of the sins listed by Jesus. This is also why Paul said in Romans 7:18 that nothing good dwelt in him, that is, in the flesh, Paul knew his nature was sinful and thus it was he who was lost and without hope, except for his faith in Jesus and His unblemished sacrifce. Furthermore, we have a sinful nature because of our fallen state, which took place in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fell from their sinless state by means of being decieved by an already recently fallen Lucifer who became Satan. Sin seperates us from harmony with God, because God in His absolute holiness cannot tolerate sinful conduct nor can sin exist in His presence but rather must in His Righteous judge those who sin against Him. Jesus Christ came in order to restore our fallen state by sacrificing Himself for our sins for all time. He took the sins of all humanity on Himself on the cross and in exchange, His righteousness was imputed upon us. His resurrection assures us that death, hell and the grave have been eternally conquered by Him and by repenting of our sins and having Faith in Him we too can have a eternal relationship with Jesus Christ where sin is forgiven and blotted out and were restored back to a sinless state in Heaven with our Holy Father God in Christ

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