A national magazine tells the story of a couple who adopted two baby wolves. They took them to their home and for a while the wolves acted like friendly puppies. But when they grew older, they turned on their masters, who barely escaped with their lives. No matter how kind their treatment, or ideal their environment, the wolf nature with which they were born eventually became evident. Similarly, our sinful, Adamic nature with which we are all born, evidences itself in the tendency to do wrong. No amount of education or ideal environment can erase it. We need a new nature, and God promises that in His Word. Paul explained it in a letter to the Corinthians with the words, “If anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” Though we do not become sinless, we now have a new nature, and the power of God within to defeat our natural tendency to do wrong.
Pastor Alex Rockwell