πŸ‘‘ Christ In Us

It has been well said that if there is anything good in any man it is because it was put there by God. And something good β€” a new nature β€” has been imparted by God to every true believer in Christ.

While there is still within us β€œthat which is begotten of the flesh,” there is also β€œthat which is begotten of the Spirit,” and just as the one β€œcannot please God,” so the other always pleases Him.

Adam was originally created in the image and likeness of God, but he fell into sin and later β€œbegat a son in his own likeness, after his image” (Gen. 5:3). It could not be otherwise. Fallen Adam could generate and beget only fallen, sinful offspring, whom even the law could not change. But β€œwhat the law could not do, in that it was weak [because of] the flesh, God, sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin,” accomplished, β€œthat the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:3,4).

As Adam was made in the likeness of God, but fell, so Christ was made in the likeness of sinful flesh β€” though without sin β€” to redeem us from the fall, that by grace, through the operation of the Spirit, a new creation might be brought into being, β€œthe new man which after God, is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:24).

Thus in addition to our fallen Adamic nature true believers, through faith, have also become β€œpartakers of the divine nature” (II Pet. 1:4). This is the β€œinner man” of which Paul speaks in Eph. 3:16, and this β€œinner man” delights to do God’s will (Rom. 7:22).

The Adamic nature, which Scripture calls β€œthe flesh,” is that which was generated by a fallen begetter. It is sinful in itself, even in the believer. It cannot be improved or changed. But β€œthat which is born [or begotten] of God” always pleases Him. It was begotten by the Spirit of God Himself. This is why our Lord said to Nicodemus:

β€œThat which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is spirit….Ye must be born again” (John 3:6,7).

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