Believer's Two Natures
Believer’s Two Natures
Man is a tripartite being, consisting of body, soul and spirit, The soul consists of mind, will and emotions. Before a person is saved, the spirit is in bondage to soul or the spirit’s master is the soul. The death nature ruled your inner man and your spirit was in submission to the soulish realm of your mind, will and emotions. The soul of the unsaved person has been the boss. When the soul wanted something, the senses would relay emotions to the mind or the will in order to get action. The spirit had nothing to say because it was dead to God. As long as death reigns in your moral body, your soul is always in control.
When the new birth took place, His Word which is sharper than any two-edged sword divided asunder the soul and the spirit. This is the miracle of the new birth. Your spirit was released from the dominion of the soul and the soul was now subjected to a new authority. The soul is never happy about this. The Word of God penetrates the shell of your mind, will and emotions and when that life Seed is planted into your Spirit, it begins to grow. You now have a “life nature” and the soul kicks out against the new order established.
Thus the believer has both the death nature and life nature inside his own body.
“So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. “
Galatians 5 : 16 - 17
SOURCE :Pastor Paul Trulin's "Making of A Christian "