Class Notes: 6/25/2023

The book of Romans part 144; Rom 3:9; The doctrine of the old sin nature part 2

In our verse by verse study of Romans we are in Rom 3:9; where we are looking at the Greek word "harmitia" translated "sin" in the singular that refers to the old sin nature so we have taken up a study of the doctrine of the old sin nature.

After the fall the old sin nature is the source of Adam's new acquired trend or tendency. Immediately after Adam sinned, two things occurred simultaneously. He had spiritual death and he had a new tendency to sin in his life. Sin means to reject and oppose truth.

Remember sin is the violation of God's law that is absolute truth, 1John 3:4;

The sin nature created a tendency to sin that produces personal sin in three categories: mental, verbal and overt. It also creates a tendency toward good and evil that pursues the satanic objective of creating a pseudo-millennium.

The trend toward good and evil is still an issue with God but because of the judicial imputation of all personal sins to Jesus Christ, sin is no longer an issue with God except to show us when we need to rebound.

When Adam chose to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he chose satan's policy of evil that immediately made satan the ruler of the world. The fall in the garden was more of an unconditional surrender than a defeat.

Man's fall resulted in numerous changes from the Garden. Satan became the ruler of this world, the old sin nature became the ruler of man's body, and mankind became spiritually dead and condemned by God's justice that became mankind's new point of reference to God after the fall.

Prior to the fall God's love was mankind's point of reference with God because man was perfect.

Adam took a perfect soul and, with his negative volition, he revolted against God's authority and created the old sin nature. Adam's volition was a perfect but because he was free, he could reject God's authority just like satan did.

We all have this original mold. While the soul is not occupied by the old sin nature, the soul becomes the battlefield where the old sin nature attacks and where it is often tactically successful in the believer. It is always successful with the unbeliever.

The influence of the old sin nature on the soul is seen in mental attitude sins and motivations. The condition and status of the body often influences how and what you think.

There is no doubt that the body affects the soul and the mentality, just as the soul affects the body. The soul and the body influence each other.

The phenomenon of not only the immaterial influencing the material but also the material influencing the immaterial is noted in the "heart" passages of Jer 17:9; Matt 12:34-35; Matt 15:19; Mark 7:21-23.

Biblical Synonyms for the Old Sin Nature include the singular of the Greek word "hamartia" that generally refers to the old sin nature, Rom 5:12; Rom 7:14; 1Cor 15:56; 1 John 1:8.

The plural of "hamartia" generally refers to personal sins.

Rom 5:12; "Therefore, just as through one man (Adam), sin (the sin nature) entered into the world, and (spiritual) death through sin (the sin nature), so (spiritual) death spread to the entire human race because all sinned (when Adam sinned)."

"Hamartia" in the singular can also refer Adam's original sin, the old sin nature is usually found with the definite article is the predicate for personal sin. The definite article is not generally translated in the English translations.

Rom 7:14; "Certainly, we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of (belonging to the realm of) the flesh (sin nature), sold in bondage to sin (sin nature)."

The law is spiritual because it came from God. The law is perfect because it is absolute truth. It is God's establishment mandate for the entire human race. Rom 7:12;

The Greek word "sarxz" translated "flesh" is another word for the old sin nature. We are sold into slavery at birth, when God imputes Adam's original sin to the genetically formed old sin nature.

The Greek word "sarxz" means, "flesh," it emphasizes the location of the old sin nature in the cell structure of the body. Because the sin nature is related to the biological life, it is called the flesh.

Gal 5:16; "But I say, walk by means of the Spirit and you will not execute the lusts of the flesh." Eph 2:3; 1John 2:16;

Rom 6:6, and Rom 7:14; describe the lust, trend or tendency as being in the body or the flesh;

Another term for the old sin nature is the "old man" KJV or "old self" NASB translated from "palios anthropos." "Old man" emphasizes the origin of the old sin nature that is propagated through the twenty-three male chromosomes that fertilize the female ovum in conception.

The old sin nature that resides in the chromosomes of the biological body is the target for the imputation of Adam's original sin that occurs when God imputes the human soul at birth.

Eph 4:22, "With reference to your former lifestyle (self- fragmentation through post-salvation sinning), you yourselves lay aside (through rebound) the old man (sin nature), you who are becoming degenerate on the basis of the lusts of deceit."

"You who are becoming degenerate" refers to being corrupted in polarized fragmentation from the trends of the sin nature. The "lusts of deceit" include power lust, money lust, approbation lust, sexual lust, chemical lust, and the emotional lusts of fear, worry, and anger.

The sin nature is classified as the "old man" because it originated in the Garden of Eden; it is the one of the first and therefore oldest artifacts of the fall of mankind. Col 3:9;

The word translated "carnal" from "sarkinos" means "fleshly," "of the flesh," or "belonging to the flesh." This refers to the believer under the control of his old sin nature and therefore out of fellowship with God through personal sins that result in cosmic involvement.

Rom 7:14; "Certainly, we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of (belonging to the realm of) the flesh (sin nature), sold in bondage to sin (sin nature)."

1Cor 3:1-3, "And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual persons (believers who are filled with the Spirit), but as to belonging to the sin nature (carnal believers controlled by the sin nature), as to babes in Christ (childish believers).

I gave you milk, and not solid food (advanced doctrine), for you were not able to receive it; in fact, you are not yet able

because you are still functioning under the sin nature. Since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not belonging to the sin nature, and keep walking in conformity with men?"

The Corinthian believers were not able to learn advanced doctrine because they were under the control of the old sin nature because sin nature control of the soul prevents the believer from learning God's Truth.

The fact that they are still carnal means that they don't use rebound to recover fellowship with God. Paul mentions jealousy that is one of the mental attitude sins of arrogance as an example of sin nature control of the soul.

The Corinthian believers are therefore "of the sin nature" that means they are conducting their lives as unbelievers aka they are 'carnal."

"Body of sin" in Rom 6:6 emphasizes the old sin nature's residence in the cell structure of the body. Its genetic home is the chromosomes of the cell structure of the body.

"Corruptible man" in Rom 1:23; also refers to the sin nature. Corruption describes the old sin nature and the result of the old sin nature. Man is corrupted physically, spiritually, and morally. "Perishable or corruptible seed" in 1Pet 1:23; refers to the transmission of the old sin nature.

There are passages that describe sin, and good or evil as coming from the "heart." The heart, or right lobe of the soul, has nothing to do with the old sin nature but the old sin nature attacks and takes over control of the "heart" and enslaves it when negative volitional choices are made regarding God's truth

This is the old sin nature influencing thought so that sin, good and evil are in the thinking that comes from the heart is the result of the sin nature programming the heart. Jer 17:9; Matt 12:34-35, Matt 15:19; Mark 7:21-23.

Paul describes this situation in Rom 7:14-25;

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