Flesh Nature, AKA:
Sin Nature; Flesh; Old Man
Spirit Nature, AKA:
New Creation, New Man
Today’s lesson is about the death of our Flesh Nature. Romans 6: 3a describes the death and burial of our Flesh Nature—
Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death; Romans 6:3a
The part of us that died with Jesus on the cross was our Flesh Nature A.K.A. Old Man; Sin Nature; Flesh.
The only information I remember studying at church about baptism referred to the Christian ritual with water. Knowing that the word baptism in the Bible doesn’t always refer to water makes many scriptures much easier to understand.
For example: In Romans 6:3a printed above, baptism into death has nothing to do with water. Instead, it is obviously metaphorically referring to being immersed into death.
Being baptized could be stated as being immersed in something.
- To dye a white shirt purple one would baptize (immerse) it in purple dye.
- To be baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit could be interpreted as immersing then in the Gospel. Matthew 28:19
Matthew 28:19 describes how the people in vs. 19 are to be taught. Since vs. 20 is a continuation of the sentence from vs. 19, water baptism is not the likely meaning.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,even to the end of the age.”
While our Flesh Nature died and was buried with Jesus, we are still dragging it around with us. As a scientists, I see dead things housing living organisms. Thus, our Flesh Nature is rotting–stinky–houses everything unacceptable to God. P.T.L. this rotting Flesh Nature remains buried when our physical bodies die. Only our Spirit Nature will be going to Heaven–YEA!