Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Believer's Two Natures (Part 2)

Why Are We So Often Unhappy? 

The unregenerate man does not have a new divine nature; only those who are born of God have it. But the unregenerate man has a conscience. He knows in his conscience that he should love, respect and obey his Creator. But this thought is distasteful to him because he wants to have his own way and be master of his own destiny. He thus refuses to think about God. “The wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest … ‘There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked’” (Isa. 57:20-21). 

Sin is particularly destructive to the happiness of one who is born again. Sin throws his soul into conflict. His conscience condemns it, and the divine nature hates it and is depressed by it. Sin produces a humiliating sense of defeat. 

When you do something that your heart detests and your conscience condemns, you are miserable. You may try to forget or refuse to think about it because the thought of it is so unpleasant, but that is no solution to your difficulty. Then distressing doubts as to salvation often spring up as one begins to reason, “If I am saved, why am I this way?” What is the answer to this unhappy state? 

There are two things that you must know before you can get deliverance: first, how you can be absolutely sure of your salvation; second, how you can have power for victory over sin in your life. Let’s consider these two points in detail. 

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