Jesus Changed The Natural Born Condition Of Humanity, Freeing Us From Who We Were Born To Be

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   1/10/2012

One of the popular myths people believe today is that we have no choice but to live out our natural born desires, regardless if they are natural desires to sin.

If this were true, there would be no such thing as hope for us to be reconciled with God.

There would be no such thing as freedom from our selfishness and no such thing as a God who loves us, because a loving God would not leave us in bondage to our own destruction.

A loving God would provide a way out, a solution to our dilemma.

As always the power of a lie is in the willingness to believe it.  The truth is that we allow ourselves to be captivated by our sin (John 3:19), so much so that we are willing to believe in this lie.  We willing put our faith in this myth so that we can go on living the way we want to live, trading the truth of God for a lie (Romans 1:25), at our own expense.

This is one of the greatest myths in the world that keeps many away from the reality of Jesus.

Ephesians 2 tells us what Jesus did to change us from who we were natural born to be. Paul starts by telling us that we are dead to God in our sins gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following our natural desires, in which we by nature deserve his wrath. But because of his GREAT love for us, he came for us and paid a high price to save us.

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”

“4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

“8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:1-10

His love for us is so great that walked out of heaven and gave up the comforts of dwelling without any evil or wickedness. He came out of heaven to take our place and die for us, in order to reconcile us with him so that we could live with him.

Jesus did what no one else could do. He did what no one else would have done even if they could have. He changed the state of our natural born condition, by providing a way to be reborn with a new condition of holiness.   What Jesus did was a super natural act that changed the condition of humanity.

This new reality means that we no longer have to live for ourselves, to please our fleshly desires, but we can be reborn with a new ability to live for Him – the one that saved us.

“That those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” .. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” –2 Corinthians 5:15-17

Called To Be Holy

The awesomeness of what He did for us leaves us with no other response other than to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Our one desire that trumps our natural born desires becomes to glorify him.

Just as it seems perfectly reasonable for someone who does not know the magnitude of what Christ has done for them to follow their desires to please themselves, the only reasonable response of those that have gained this understanding is to put off all other things, willingly suppressing any desires that do not please Him.

Both sets of people seems like the other is living completely irrational, separated by the reality of Jesus.

Scripture tells us that this is what results from the reality of Jesus, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.” – John 14:21

Regardless of what our natural born desires are in our heart, Jesus calls us to be holy.

“13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:13-16

The knowledge of Jesus gives us the power to reject the evil in our own hearts.

“Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” –James 1:21

When we hear about the knowledge of Jesus and humble ourselves to accept the seed (the knowledge of God) planted within us, we will not go on sinning.

And because we do not go on sinning we are kept safe from the evil one that cannot use sin to destroy our lives. We are free from sin and the destruction that results. 

“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.” – 1 John 5:18

Jesus gave us the ability to resist sin, he freed us from who we were born to be. (1 Cor. 3:17).

Here is Part 2 of this article.

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