Bible Study Outlines

Volume 3, Lesson 11
by C.I. Scofield

The Believer's Two Natures

The Scriptures teach that every redeemed person is the possessor of two natures. One is received by natural birth, which is wholly and helplessly bad. The other is a new nature received through the new birth, which is the nature of God Himself, and therefore wholly good.

  1. The natural man (born of the flesh)
  2. The new man (born of the Spirit)
  3. Conflict between the two natures
  4. Our Helper (the Holy Spirit)
  5. Crucified with Christ

    The Scriptures do not teach that it is God's purpose to improve, or make over, the old nature. The expression, "a change of heart," is not found in the Word. The Scriptures do teach that our "old man is crucified with [Christ]" (Romans 6:6). In that sense, we "are dead," and we are called upon to make this a constant experience by mortifying (treating as dead) our old man and his desires.

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