1) The Conditional aspect of abiding
(The two diagrams below are a snapshot of the same believer at two different moments in time.)
I Corinthians 3:10-15
2) God uses natural examples to contrast the two natures.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.
Psalms 1:3 He (a righteous man) is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Matthew 7:17-18 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, … A good tree can’t produce bad fruit;…
Galatians 5:22-23 … But
2 Peter 1:4 … He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature,…
Jeremiah 17:5-6 This is what the Lord says: The man who trusts in mankind, who makes human flesh his strength and turns his heart from the Lord is cursed. He will be like a juniper in the Arabah; he cannot see when good comes but dwells in the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land where no one lives.
Galatians 5:19-21 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, … Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar….
3) I am either submitted to THE HOLY SPIRIT or to THE HUMAN NATURE.
Galatians 5:16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.
The LAW OF GRAVITY illustrates how my Human Nature continually attracts me away from God.
What is God telling me by what we have discussed?
MY RESPONSE / ACTION for this week because of our discussion: