The Exchanged Of A Nature
What I am about to tell you is not something that is going to jump out of the Scriptures and bite you. I believe your understanding will depend on where you are spiritually; that is, if you are a babe, a child, at son level or at the Father level of under-standing. For instance, Paul could not feed the Corinthians with meat because they were babies in Christ (1 Cor. 3:1).The Scriptures agree, and say everything we need to know, but it does not always say it directly. Therefore, many things are hidden from the wise and prudent. One of these things that may be hard to understand is the exchanged life—being changed from the Satan-nature to the divine nature. Any nature, exchange that happens to a person starts at the birthing. You may not have the knowledge of what has taken place, but hopefully you will in time.
As we have another look at the Cross, there is still more revelation knowledge to be had. It is true; God forgave all of the original sin committed by Adam, but the damage by that sin had already been done. (There is an old saying: once the eggs have been scrambled they cannot be unscrambled.) So the only thing than can solve the problem is starting with a new life.“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). Simply said, Christ will deal a deathblow to Satan’s head at the Cross, while Satan will bruise Christ’s heel (cause Him to suffer).
This blow to the head of Satan is to destroy his headship, to remove him from being a father in the human race and take from him his title as father, and this just for openers. We need to understand what a father is. He is someone that furnishes a seed, and a father does not physically live in his offspring.
Neither does Satan; those who are unregenerate only have his seed, or nature. You would think the blow to Satan’s head would be quite enough. However, it was only the beginning of a chain of events that will follow. First, we have to understand what has happened to man up to this time. Man’s seed has become corrupt by a Satan- and the Cross did not change the corrupted seed of man; it remained corrupted. It is still with those who are not born again to this very day, and is called “the body of sin” (Rom. 6:6).It makes no difference if a father dies. The fact remains that if his seed was planted in another, his offspring remains his; they keep the nature of their God father. Even though the Cross has brought down Satan, it does not change the fact that the seed in man remains corrupted by Satan. Even though Satan has been defeated by the Cross, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit” (Matt. 7:17).
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (1 Peter 1:23).Until we get this Scripture figured out, I doubt that you will be able to move on into greater revelation knowledge, as it shows there must be an exchange of fathers. Satan has already been the with as a father, now the Scriptures turn to the biological fathers of this world who have the corruptible nature of Satan in them. John said it well, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). Meaning that which is corrupt, will continue to be corrupt. But that which is born of the Spirit will be incorruptible. This is a great mystery in the birthing, and one we all should understand because spiritual birthing is real. The spiritual birthing is an exchange of fathers, from the earthly biological father with a corrupt nature to a heavenly divine Father. Most of you know that when we gather together this bond among the born-again is stronger than that of the earthly family. In fact, some say they cannot get along with their earthly family anymore. Sometimes it is because their natural family does not understand what has happened to them.Most likely it is because they are unregenerate, or under religious law, therefore, they think a Christ-life believer is strange.
What really stands out about John 3:6 is what was not said. Jesus did not in any way, shape, or form say to Nicodemus that we would fix up the biological birthing, the one that was born of flesh. The reason being it was corrupted with the Satan-nature. Changing a corrupt nature is not what spiritual birthing is all about. It is not turning over a new leaf, nor is it a make over. The only answer for this is to start a new life in Christ with a new seed, which has nothing to do with the old life. This is not a changed life but an exchanged life. With Paul we can say the life I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God (Gal. 2:20).You must see that Jesus is talking about two separate and distinct birthings. That is why Jesus said you must be born again. The spiritual birthing is the whole process started all over again with a new seed from a different Father. The corrupt nature is replaced with the incorrupt divine nature. It is not a baptism in water,or the joining of an organized church, or a “how to become one of us” instructional course. Only a birthing from God, the Father, will suffice.
Jesus did not go into the whole explanation of the birthing to Nicodemus because the mystery or birthing had not been revealed. In fact, it will be several more years before this message is given to the Apostle Paul. Truly, Jesus told Nicodemus more than he could understand already. This may be a tough one to understand. However, the simple fact is that we only have one nature at a time.Nowhere is it said, before the Cross, that we had a human nature and a Satan-nature at the same time. If we did then we would be classed as a schizophrenic. Nature in the Bible is always singular. There are those who advocate that we have two natures, a Devil-nature, and a God-nature. They say these two fight a lot, and one can have the upper hand over the other depending on your works, or how spiritual you become. They also believe that you will go to your grave that way. Others think that, since the Cross, we have no nature whatsoever. They believe that as long as we are not spiritually birthed, our nature is from a corrupt seed of an earthly father, and that seed became corrupt by Satan (Matt. 7:17). Theology does not allow for that kind of thinking. Nature is always referred to as a God-nature or Satan-nature, and never a joint nature. There is no Scripture that comes right out and says that, but it agrees with what the Bible teaches on nature.
Revelation knowledge brings us understanding of what the Scriptures do not say, but agrees with what it does say.
Sometimes the idea of two natures is based on inner conflict, as in Romans 7. But it is not two natures that cause this conflict; it is the carnality of the mind that has not been transformed that makes this seem so. Carnality is something all new converts have in the beginning. The Bible says, “we were by nature the children of wrath,” (Eph. 2:3). This is a past tense statement. Peter tells us what happened to us. He said we become “partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). We escape something and become something else. It is quite plain we escape corruption, and in exchange for corruption, we put on the incorruptible divine nature. This is what the birthing is all about.
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). The book of Ephesians was written 61 to 63 years after the Cross, and Paul states “ye” Ephesians walked with the wicked one, and he says it is a spirit (and Satan-nature) working in the children of disobedience. Yes,more than 61 years after the Cross, we find corrupt people doing corrupt things by a corrupt spirit that works in them, it would appear the Holy Spirit awaits for them to accept the grace of God which was purchased at the Cross. “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” (Eph. 2:3). Here again he points to the nature in man, as the ungodly one. Believe me the nature of Satan lives on in the unregenerate by a corrupt seed.
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col 1:12). “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”(Col 1:13). Long after the Cross, Paul is preaching this message to the Colossians. He says believers have been delivered from the authority of Satan (power of darkness) to that of Christ. In fact, it says He has translated us into his kingdom which can only mean believers have been delivered from the authority of Satan to that of Christ. This, too, is an exchange. John 3 says you cannot see or enter this kingdom until you have been spiritually birthed and while have exchanged darkness for light. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” 2 Cor. 5:17).By the birthing we are made a new creation race in Christ. If this is new then we came out of an old creation, which we have been removed from. We have even had an exchange of our citizenship from the earthly to the heavenly. It is then that we can begin to build line upon line, precept on precept, here a little and there a little (Isa. 28:10). The old ideas of the mind will then begin to fall away, and a transforming of the mind will began to take place. At the birthing and after the birthing, there are many exchanges that began to happen.