A Tale of Two Natures

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”  (Philippians 2:3–8, NIV 1984).

My Musings – The contrast between our old nature and new nature could not be more apparent than in these few verses.  We can not “hyde” our old nature.  It can only be transformed.

Our Old Nature

Selfish Ambition – Being chiefly concerned with one’s own personal profit or pleasure, and by a strong desire and determination to achieve success, with little or no consideration for others.

Vain Conceit – Having an exaggerate sense of self-importance and an excessively high opinion of one’s abilities, or worth.

Our New Nature

Unselfish Servanthood – Willing to attend to the needs or wishes of others before one’s own needs and wishes.

Obedient Humility – Submission to others coupled with modest view of one’s own importance in deference to the importance of others.

Our example is Christ.  He had the exact same nature of the Father. “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”  (Isaiah 46:9–10, NIV 1984).

He had no selfish ambition.  He “did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.”  There was no vain conceit, only obedient humility.  Submitting to the will of the Father. First by setting aside His divine nature and “being made in human likeness.”  Second, by becoming “obedient to death – even death on a cross!”  Crucifixion.  The most horrific and humiliating form of execution ever devised.

My Advice – “[O]ur attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”  He is not asking us to do any more for Him than He was willing to do for us.  What have we given Him?

I Gave My Life For Thee

I gave My life for thee, My precious blood I shed,
That thou might ransomed be, and raised up from the dead
I gave, I gave My life for thee, what hast thou given for Me?
I gave, I gave My life for thee, what hast thou given for Me?

My Father’s house of light, My glory circled throne
I left for earthly night, for wanderings sad and lone;
I left, I left it all for thee, hast thou left aught for Me?
I left, I left it all for thee, hast thou left aught for Me?

I suffered much for thee, more than thy tongue can tell,
Of bitterest agony, to rescue thee from hell.
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee, what hast thou borne for Me?
I’ve borne, I’ve borne it all for thee, what hast thou borne for Me?

And I have brought to thee, down from My home above,
Salvation full and free, My pardon and My love;
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, what hast thou brought to Me?
I bring, I bring rich gifts to thee, what hast thou brought to Me?

Frances Ridley Havergal, 1860.

 

 

 

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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