No Human Nature
by Norman P. Grubb
We Humans Have No Nature|
We humans are symbolized in the Scriptures as being containers, expressors, developers, but not originators. We have our “being” in Him.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, `We are his offspring.'
The quality, the potential (much like a computer); but, the quality of what is expressed by our being is not we, but He in His nature (like the pro¬grammer by the computer).
Thus He is named “All in all”, not just the One being invisible, but having derived created beings by whom He can express His Allness. Not just “The All”, but “in all”, which is why the coming of HIS Son taking flesh, and now, in the resurrection, still being the man Christ Jesus confirms the eternal truth as being The Person in the persons, and not some vague dissolution of essence into essence as in a reli¬gion without an incarnate Christ.
These symbols used to describe us humans are all those which express no nature of their own but as means of expressing that to which they are at¬tached, Vessels contain the liquid, but are not the liquid; the cup is not the coffee. We don’t speak of a cup and coffee. So we are branches; but the branch is not the nature but the vine which reproduces itself in leaf and fruit form on the branch.
Thus in Romans 6:20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life we were bearing fruit of which we are now ashamed, but now the same branch (no difference in that) is bearing “fruit unto holiness” – solely vine—nature expressed by branch which has no separate nature of its own.
So we are called Temples; in Old Covenant days the tabernacle by which God manifested Himself in Shekinah Glory, or alternatively a temple of Baal. The emphasis is not the nature of the temple, but of the deity who manifests himself by it. And now in the New Cov¬enant, our bodies are the temple of the Spirit, and God is spoken of as “dwell— ing in us and walking in us”
2 Corinthians 6:16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."
We are the body of Christ, but the nature is the Head, not the body and its actions; and in that sense the body is called Christ.
1 Corinthians. 12:12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
We are “slaves” (mistranslated in the King James Version as “servants”); but a slave has no operating nature of his own in relation to his owner, but solely reproduces the activities of his owner, whether of Satan (sin) or Christ (righteousness).
Romans 6:16 Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
We are the wives reproducing the nature (seed) of the husband, and in that sense with only the husband’s nature.
Romans 7:4 So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God. 5For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.
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