There is a popular teaching that is prevalent in most church circles that says we as believers have two natures. You may have heard this kind of teaching that says we have the equivalent of two dogs living in us. We have a good dog and a bad dog and they are always in a fight, and the good dog wins sometimes and the bad dog wins sometimes. I myself have concluded that this teaching isn’t biblical.
The bible only uses the word nature in this sense twice. Ephesians 2:2-3 tells us that we are by nature children of wrath. This would describe us as a lost person because we used to walk according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the sons (children) of disobedience. The other time the word nature is used in this sense is found in 2 Peter 1:4 where we discover that through God’s precious and magnificent promises we may become partakers of the divine nature.
Now let us look at the evidence of this as found in the Bible.
Genesis 2:9&16-17 There were two trees in the garden and Adam was told not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Of course we know he did and therefore we subsequently were born sinful, or in other words we started producing fruit from this one tree. What I want you to see though is that Adam did not eat of them both. He had to choose; it had to be either one or the other to have both was not an option.
These trees represented two natures. The one was the Tree of Life which was Christ, and the other The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, being the law and independent humanity, attempting to be like God which is satanic in nature resulting in death.
Matthew 6:24 Jesus tells us no one can serve two masters.
John 8:41-47 Jesus taught on two fathers, his being God and the Pharisees’ being the devil. We are of one or the other we cannot be of both.
Romans 5:12-21 *19 Paul taught us here there are two Adams and we are either in the one or the other but not both.
Romans 6:12-23 Here we find out we are a slave either to sin or to righteousness. We are always a slave, but we only have one master at a time, sin when we are lost and Righteousness after we are saved. *v.16-19
Romans 7:1-6 here we discover we are the bride of one husband either the law represented by the first one or Christ who is the second one. The law prohibits us being married to both. From God’s perspective we are married until death do us part and since the law (our first husband) will not die then we must. God provided a way to crucify us with Christ so that we may now be married to another which is Christ.
Romans 9:21 here we find two different kinds of vessels one of wrath and one of mercy.
1 John 4:2-6 here there are two spirits one of God and one that isn’t. Greater is he that is in you (Christ) than he that is in the world (Satan). One is in us and the other isn’t. Both of them are not in us at the same time. We only have one nature. If we have two heads then that would make us a monster, and I don’t think that is what God intends for us.
In conclusion we have discovered, Biblically speaking, the evidence says we can only express
One type of vessel
And be of only one Spirit.
Written by Louie