Canaan Church Online

Springfield, Missouri

Two Natures of Man

When God has granted you the wonderful gift of Salvation, you will experience a conflict of two natures. Your outward being of flesh is your natural and carnal nature. It retains the carnal nature with its inclination (temptation) to sin. The Bible repeatedly warns us to resist the devil and his sinful influences. God’s chastisement (punishment) awaits his children who give in to the desires of the flesh; but such chastisement is an expression of his love. He wants us to produce fruits of righteous¬ness, but we cannot produce such fruit when we are in sin. When you are saved, your inward, spiritual nature becomes opposed to your carnal nature. This opposition, or conflict, does not exist prior to salvation. Because before you get saved, your two natures are harmonious. Prior to salvation your heart (soul) is not pure. When God saves us, he changes our heart (soul) and seals it. Our heart cannot change back to its old ways, but our flesh can. This is what causes conflict between our two natures. However, we cannot sin when we are living in God’s Spirit. The scriptures advise us to walk in the Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lusts of our flesh.

Romans 7:14-19
For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which Idol allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I…. 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. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not do, that I do.

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

Romans 3:10
There is none righteous, no, not one.

I Corinthians 15:44
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

Galatians 5:17
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

James 1:13
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God. For God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

Additional Reading:
Romans 7:10-25
Romans 5:11-21 ~ These verses are about sin through Adam, and salvation through Christ.
Romans 6:1-13 ~ These verses are about freedom from the power of sin.
I Corinthians 3 ~ These verses are about how the carnal mind hinders the growth of the Spirit.
I Corinthians 15 ~ These verses speak very dearly on the natural and spiritual body.