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Growing With God Podcast

The Adamic Nature – Episode 84

This podcast dives into the Scriptures to unveil the truth behind the Adamic nature. This Adamic nature is rooted in our free will. Paul wrote that evil dwelled within him. What is this evil? It is the will that is determined not to be obedient to anything but itself. The war in us is over our wills, and the salvation that Christ won was won by His will determined to be obedient to God’s will. And He won the war for us.
 

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Show Notes:

For us to truly grasp how salvation works, we must understand the problem that salvation brings an answer to. When God gave mankind a free will, Adam and Eve chose their own will above the will of God, which began the conflict that manifests as what we call the Adamic nature. It is more than saying that Adam and Eve sinned, therefore we all sin. We must recognize that the human will is set to do its own desires.

 

This Adamic nature absolutely pursues its own desires and its own wants. Because our will is set to do what we want to do, we immediately begin to function in disobedience. We are disobedient to what God wants simply because we do not want to do what God wants. Paul called it “evil desire” and “idolatry.” We need to stop hiding from ourselves, and from God, and acknowledge the evil and idolatry of the Adamic nature. This nature does not serve God and it will not let you serve God. And it will bring you to death just as it did with Adam.

 

Like Paul we cry, “Who will set me free from the body of this death?” Our salvation is that God through Jesus Christ provides for the removal of this body of death. It does not go away because we are forgiven. God wants to completely remove this nature that pits our wills against His will and give us the nature of His Son, who chose to do the will of the Father. He wants to lead us into the maturity that He intended when He created Adam and Eve.

 

Key Verses:

 

  • Genesis 2:7-9. “… and man became a living being (soul).”
  • Genesis 2:15-18. “… for in the day you eat from it you will surely die.”
  • Genesis 3:1-13. “And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’”
  • Isaiah 58:7. “And not hide yourself from your own flesh.”
  • Genesis 3:17-24. “Cursed is the ground because of you.”
  • Romans 7:13-25. “I find the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.”
  • 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous … to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
  • Hebrews 9:28. “Christ … will appear a second time … without reference to sin.”
  • Colossians 3:4-6. “… evil desire … which amounts to idolatry.”

 

Quotes:

 

  • “You may say you’re deceived, but the truth is you did what you wanted. You did what your will drove you to do and was desirous of you to do. And you followed that against the one simple thing that God asked you not to do.”
  • “One of the first things we need to do to battle this war of the will is to be honest and truthful about what we do and what the will is driving us to do.”
  • “The will is driven to worship itself. That’s how satan got to where he is. He was determined not to worship God, but to worship himself and to be worshiped by the heavenly host. And he knows how to suck you into the expression of your will, and it amounts simply to idolatry.”

 

Takeaways:

 

  1. God created you with a free will. That free will is driven to do its own thing. It will not subjugate itself to anyone else’s will. It will please itself. And that brings it, and you, into direct conflict with God and His will at some point in your life.
  2. Adam and Eve used the lie as their excuse to cover over the fact that they were driven in themselves to do what they wanted to do. In so doing, they bonded with the lie and the source of the lie. They chose someone else besides God to be their father. They chose the devil to be the one they would follow.
  3. We must see this nature for what it truly is – utterly sinful. This evil nature is the will that chooses to be idolatrous. The greatest sin is idolatry because it competes with God. It replaces God. And this is exactly what our will does.
  4. Our nature is at war with God, and Christ came to end that war. That is why we must pursue the complete fulfillment of our salvation. We cannot stop with God forgiving us when we blow it, because this will is constantly driving us, and this evil within us is constantly expressing itself.