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Our old nature is not in remission, it's been removed.

As I pointed out in my last post, there's a big difference between "reassuring grace" and "replacement grace." 

While "reassuring grace" says that we can "live loved" and that "God isn't disappointed with us,"  replacement grace offers us the real change we needed.  Reassuring grace is a welcomed relief, but not the cure.

Our dis-eased nature [heart/spirit] - the thing that led us astray in the first place -  was completely removed when we said 'yes' to Jesus:

  • It's not about a touch-up, but a transplant.

  • It's not about incremental improvement, but a dramatic deletion.

  • It's not about remission, but total removal.

  • It's not about symptom-management, but eradication of our sin-stained nature.

Then why do Christians still sin?  Because residual attitudes and patterns of sin - left over from before we met Jesus  - can still operate in our bodies...  like a residual infection from an amputed limb.  Sin may still operate in our bodies, or "members" as Paul says, but not in our new nature [heart.] 

[Paul describes "sin" as an alien force in our bodies:  A force that can operate within us, but is not us.]  Those left-over habits and patterns of thought live in our bodies, not in our hearts now.

Because the ruined heart that used to hold us captive has been surgically removed by Jesus, our God-given new heart is now our ally and not our enemy.

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Reader Comments (2)

As one who still struggles to understand, has it been removed, or is it just dead? And even being dead, doesnt it still show its face regularly? I'm thinking Romans 7 here.

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Hey John. Great question. The old nature is gone forever. The old man isn't rearing his ugly head any longer. It's dead [no longer functional] because it's gone.

The real question I think you're asking is "Then why do Christians still sin?" Referring to Romans 7, twice Paul says, "It is no longer I who sin, but sin living in me." He separates his new nature from the "sin living in him." That sin no longer resides in his heart, but lies in his body.

Here's a podcast series I did with author Andrew Farley that addresses it. It's a really important question. Thanks for asking. The series is called, "God Without Religion." You'll see it has three parts. http://www.robbinswritings.com/podcasts/

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Robbins

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