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How I Received My Human Nature & Gods Divine Nature

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The main purpose of this lesson is to help clarify the events which have led to our present condition as a believer having two natures. A number of foundational Biblical principles will be introduced which should help us to more easily understand other truths as they are presented in subsequent lessons.

01The Character of God --- It is important to understand the significance of Biblical terms that describe His attributes. His attributes will be reinforced, as we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us through His written Word. IMPORTANT: In this lesson, the main purpose of presenting certain attributes of God is to demonstrate how reasonable it is to trust Him. As unbelievers we were accustomed to trusting in ourselves, but as believers we need to form the habit of trusting God in our daily decisions. Reason out that if God’s character is as portrayed in the Bible, then it is very logical to trust Him completely, and very illogical to not trust Him. There is no reasonable logic for not yielding to Him.
A major reason for distrusting God is our tendency to impute to God our character. If God were like us then it would be quite reasonable to distrust Him.

02Satan’s strategy --- is to persuade people that God is not trustworthy, by undermining their confidence in God’s character. Example: In Genesis 3:1-5 he sought to instill doubt, insinuating that God is a liar, suggesting that God did not have their best interest at heart, and implying that He was withholding that which in some way would be good for them. If God did not love them, how then could He be trusted?

Gen. 3:1-5 Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.” “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

03When Adam and Eve were created they were made perfect, as was all creation. They were complete and totally satisfied, not lacking in any way. Everything they did was in total harmony with God’s character. Death did not exist before that time.
Rom. 5:12 … just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.
1 Cor. 15:21-22 For since death came through a man, … in Adam all die, …

4/5Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lie about God’s character and ate the fruit, choosing to pursue self-satisfaction “independent” of God. The choice to live independent from God was evident in three areas:
1. The human understanding (desirable for obtaining wisdom)
2. The appetites of the body (good for food), and
3. Possessions (delightful to look at).

(Temptations also fall into one of these three areas.) It is important to see this “predisposition toward independence” as the “root” problem of humanity and one of the driving forces behind the global and individual resistance to God.
Gen. 3:6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

06Every person born into the human race inherits the sinful human nature (pictured as a dark tree) of Adam, through their biological father. Consequently, every human is born with a disposition of resistance toward God.
Gen. 5:3 … Adam … fathered a son in his likeness, according to his image,
Gal. 5:16-23 … For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, …

07Jesus was born into the human race, but without a sinful human father. As the second Adam, He was born with the same sinless human nature that Adam had before he fell. The righteous character of Jesus, as seen in His life, is what God had originally intended for Adam.
1 Cor. 15:45-46 … The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. …
Rom. 5:19 For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

8/9Jesus was tempted in the same three areas as Adam, but Jesus chose to entrust Himself into God’s care instead of believing Satan’s enticement to seek to live independent of God.

10Upon believing, the new believer is born into the spiritual race, and receives the divine nature in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Important: The sinful human nature can never be improved. (See Gal. 5:17 below)
John 3:3,6 Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. “Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
Rom. 7:14-25 … For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. … So I discover this principle: When I want to do what is good, evil is with me. For in my inner self I joyfully agree with God’s law. But I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body. … So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin.
Gal. 5:16-23 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, … Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. … But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.

A Sampling of Verses Related to God’s Character


Deut. 32:3-4 … Declare the greatness of our God! The Rock—His work is perfect; …
2 Sam. 22:31 God—His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is pure. …
Matt. 5:48your heavenly Father is perfect.


Deut. 32:3-4 … Declare the greatness of our God! The Rock—His work is perfect; all His ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, He is righteous and true.
Lev. 19:2 “Speak to the entire Israelite community and tell them: Be holy because I, Yahweh your God, am holy.
Job 34:10It is impossible for God to do wrong, and for the Almighty to act unjustly.
Psa. 18:30 God—His way is perfect; …
Isa. 6:3 And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts;
Isa. 57:15 For the High and Exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy says this: “I live in a high and holy place, …
Hab. 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, …
Luke 1:49 Because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy.
Rom. 3:25-26 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, …
Heb. 6:18 … it is impossible for God to lie, …
Rev. 15:4 Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because You alone are holy, …


Job 34:14-15 If He put His mind to it and withdrew the spirit and breath He gave, every living thing would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.
Prov. 21:30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel will prevail against the LORD.
Isa. 46:11 … Yes, I have spoken; so I will also bring it about. I have planned it; I will also do it.
Dan. 4:35 All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can hold back His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”
Acts 4:24 … they all raised their voices to God and said, “Master, You are the One who made the heaven, the earth, and the sea, and everything in them.


John 3:16For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, …
Rom. 5:8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!
1 John 4:16God is love, …


Deut. 32:3-4 … Declare the greatness of our God! … A faithful God, …
Psa. 33:18-21 Now the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him—those who depend on His faithful love to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine. We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield. For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name.
Psa. 34:4-8 I (David) sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. … This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him from all his troubles. The Angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Psa. 36:5 LORD, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Psa. 86:15 But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.
Jer. 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Rom. 8:28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.
1 Thess. 5:24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
2 Thess. 3:3 But the Lord is faithful; …
2 Tim. 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
1 Peter 4:19 So those who suffer according to God’s will should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.


Psa. 102:25-27 Long ago You established the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; all of them will wear out like clothing. You will change them like a garment, and they will pass away. But You are the same, and Your years will never end.
Malachi 3:6Because I, Yahweh, have not changed, …
James 1:17 Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.


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