Human Nature – What is it?

Human Nature What is it?

We hear so much today about human nature.  Human nature produces war, violence, crime, immorality in our society today.  Let’s take some time to really look at it and try to understand what we mean by Human Nature.

Human Nature means:  the general characteristics, feelings, and behavioral traits of humankind, regarded as shared by all humans:

We know all these scriptures we are going to cover, but maybe not in this way.

Jeremiah tells us this about human nature:

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than anything. It is incurable—who can know it?

Jeremiah just said the evil in our society can be blamed on the deceitful, wicked heart, human nature in people.

This raises some questions, where did it come from, did Jesus create it in man.  No one can really explains it.  So, let start at the beginning. 

We know Satan and the demons are evil, so where did Satan evil nature come from.  We know Satan sin.

Paul tells us the Lord Jesus creates all things.

Ephesians 3:9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

Paul said a Mystery

Prophet Ezekiel tells us:

Ezekiel 28:14-15 “You {Lucifer} were the anointed cherub; having been set in place on the holy mountain of God, you walked in the midst of fiery stones.  (15)  You were blameless in your behavior from the day you were created until wickedness was discovered in you.

Jesus created a perfect, beautiful archangel, Lucifer perfect, taught by Jesus and found no sin in Lucifer.  How did Lucifer sin, rebelled, and become the evil one, against God.  Lucifer had free moral agency, he could decide if he will follow God or not and His character was not set at this time.                    But why and what happened to Lucifer.

Ezekiel 28:16-17 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.  (17)  Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So, I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.  {Isaiah 14:12}

Lucifer did not decide to follow God, his character was set and could not repent.  Lucifer then worked to deceive the angels he ruled over on this earth and led 1/3 in a rebellion against God and his laws.  So, Lucifer became Satan, he acquired his evil, sinful nature when he sin.

Any questions about this.

So, how did people have this evil human nature.  We are told on the sixth day of creation, God created man, in the very likeness, image or character of Himself.

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, to be like us. Let them be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, the livestock, everything that crawls on the earth, and over the earth itself!”  (27)  So, God created mankind in his own image; in his own image God created them; he created them male and female.

We know that God does not have an evil nature, then we know people were not created with an evil nature.   Does this make sense. 

Genesis 1:28 God blessed these humans by saying to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it! Be masters over the fish in the ocean, the birds that fly, and every living thing that crawls on the earth!”

We know when God blessed them, He certainly did not bless them by placing an evil, satanic nature in them.

Genesis 1:31 Now God saw all that he had made, and indeed, it was very good! The twilight and the dawn were the sixth day.

So, we find what God has made, is always very good and absolutely no rebellion in them.  God gives the free moral agency, free choice in what they do and taught His Way of Life.

God planted a garden in Eden, with 2 trees in the garden, the Tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:8-9 The LORD God planted a garden in Eden, toward the east, where he placed the man whom he had formed.  (9)  The LORD God caused every tree that is both beautiful and suitable for food to spring up out of the ground. The tree of life was also in the middle of the garden, along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Adam and Eve were not created in a state of sinfulness, but not yet complete, incomplete spiritually.   They only had the spirit in man – mind power to think and reason like God.

Zechariah 12:1 A declaration: a message from the LORD to Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who frames the spirit of man within himself, declares,

Job 32:8 But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.

We find this spirit in man gives people understanding. 

Genesis 2:7 So the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground, breathed life into his lungs, and the man became a living being.

We know Man needs the Holy Spirit to be complete and he was freely offered to Adam with the Tree of Life they could eat from.

1 Corinthians 2:10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

God reveals spiritual knowledge through the Holy Spirit, Notice the difference between God’s Spirit and the human spirit:

1 Corinthians 2:11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

People has the ability to think and reason; to make choices. God designed it that way.

God had to know that the likelihood was very high for mankind to be deceived by Satan after Satan was trained by God Himself and Satan sinned.

Revelation 13:8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast; all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.

After man’s sin, the Tree of Life or the Holy Spirit was cut off from man, The man with just the human spirit alone to decide for himself what is right and wrong.

And that is where Satan enters the picture. For it is through this same human spirit that Satan deceived Eve and Adam went along in the Garden of Eden

How did Adam and Eve acquire Human Nature.  Remember, they were created perfect, yet incomplete spiritually, only having the spirit in man.

God told Adam, not Eve, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, caused death. 

Genesis 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  (17)  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Satan’s goal was to get Adam and Eve to believe that all God had taught them was a lie

Genesis 3:4-5 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  (5)  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

But according to Satan, God was lyingEve believed Satan was right and that God was a liar. Adam followed along in choosing rebellion.

Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Genesis 3:7 As a result, they both understood what they had done, and they became aware that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Because of their free choice to make, the spirit of rebellion had entered into their minds or heart.  There was a Mind Change right then.

But Adam and Eve received their evil nature DIRECTLY FROM SATAN.

We know Satan deceives and sways mankind through communication, transmitted invisibly through the air.

Ephesians 2:2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world {Satan} and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit {Satan spirit of rebellion} who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

Is this the way Satan got to Eve; through her human spirit.

They both acquired this evil, sinful human nature directly from Satan himself

What we call Human Nature is actually Satan Nature, attitude.  Children are not born with this evil nature.  They do not have Satan nature, but as they start to grow, they become like their parents. 

Mankind takes on Satan nature, by broadcasting it, surcharging the air with it all over the world today.

Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

The whole world is deceived.  The very fact that the world are deceived means they do not know it.  Do we believe this

2 Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

The world didn’t inherit an evil nature. It was caused by Satan. He gets to the world people through the human spirit or spirit in man.

Romans 8:7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.

Romans 8:8-9 Indeed, those who are under the control of human nature cannot please God.  (9)  You, however, are not under the control of the human nature but under the control of the Spirit, since God’s Spirit lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of the Messiah, he does not belong to him.   {strong words, think about} 

Satan’s nature in non-believers and that we are not born with it, we can clearly understand why man is wicked and hostile toward God: because SATAN hates God.  {nature good and bad}

When a person repents, baptize and receives the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit combines with the spirit in man and we become a new creation.  They are now called Saints.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in the Messiah, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and; look. all things have become new!

Maybe these verses might have a little more meaning

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you with certainty, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Baptism and laying on of hands to receive the Power of the Holy Spirit  

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Born of the flesh, have human nature in them,

born of the Spirit, have Holy Spirit living in them.

John 3:7-8 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.‘  (8)  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Adam limited his power and ability to do good to the level of his human spirit.

There is good as well as evil in human nature Because of the tree, good and bad.  Good is a spiritual attribute, not a physical or material action.

Had Adam taken of the tree of life, the Holy Spirit of God would have entered him and joined with his spirit, uniting him with God as a son of God. 

Human nature wants to be good, but there are many who are good, very good people, with the human spirit.  But they do not have the Holy Spirit yet.

The Church of God started out with people who wanted to be part of God’s Work, in changing hearts, changing human nature, preparing for Jesus’s coming to change and save the world.  But Satan is still at work.

John 6:66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.   {interesting Scripture number, related to words?}

We know, even at the end time, many will fall away.  This is sad.

1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 

{This is happening today, the hate, elites have towards Christians. }

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  {2nd time}

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

In 2021, of the entire US population of 332 million, about 63% claim they are Christians {210 million}.  Protestant – 42%; Roman Catholics – 21%; others – 4%.

  • As a year 2020, of 7.7 billion people, 2.4 say they are part of Christianity, with 1.3 billion Catholics.
  • Silent Generation {1928-45} Christian 84%. Non-Christian faith 4%, unaffiliated 10%,
  • Baby Boomers {1946-64} Christian 76%. Non-Christian faith 6%, unaffiliated 17%,
  • Generation X {1965-80} Christian 67%. Non-Christian faith 6%, unaffiliated 25%,
  • Millennials {1981-96} Christian 49%. Non-Christian faith 9%, unaffiliated 40%,
  • Generation Z {1996-2012} White Christians – 38, 46 none, 32 Black Christians, 47 are none.
  • Generation A {2013-today}

Means the US decline of Christianity continues at Rapid Pace {Pew Research}            2023 numbers are even worse.

We know in the future, Satan will be removed from being in charge of the earth, what will be left without Satan nature and influence.  Future children of the Father receiving the Holy Spirit living peacefully among others, future Saints.  

Ephesians 4:30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.

If we would remember that the One who lives in us is God’s own Spirit, we would be much more selective about what we think, read, watch, say, and do. Note that Paul acknowledges that evil thoughts and actions are temptations even for those who are sealed by the Holy Spirit.

Can we still today with the Holy Spirit in us be affected by Satan nature and his spirit?

Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred.  (32)  And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.

The old life comes from a hostile heart of bitterness, seeks its own way, speaks evil and wishes evil on others. How do we put away all bitterness? By letting God fill our hearts with His perfect love.

The new life is tenderhearted, shows itself in acts of kindness, and is ready to forgive wrongs suffered from others.

Always remember these words from the Apostle Paul, the Gospel, summary

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  (2)  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  (3)  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  (4)  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,


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