Bible Love Notes – Natural, Unnatural, & Supernatural

The most popular teachings among Christians: 

  • Appeal to felt needs, not actual needs. 
  • Tell us we’re victims, not sinners. 
  • Tell us we’re wonderful just the way we are. 
  • Use only Bible verses that make us feel good about ourselves. 
  • Exclude verses that talk about holiness, dying to self, or obeying God’s commands.

But God’s love isn’t like that. It’s life-changing and full-bodied, including teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God is holy and He expects holiness from His beloved children (2 John 1:61 Peter 1:15-16). 

Our old self is impure, ungodly, “corrupted by its deceitful desires.” Our new self is “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  But we are in process. We must daily “put off” our old self and “put on” our new self (Ephesians 4:17-24).

That which was natural for our old self is unnatural for our new self. And the only way we can change is through the supernatural indwelling of God’s Spirit. We need His strength and guidance (Philippians 4:13). 

We have an important part to play in this process of sanctification, so let’s get serious about “putting off” and “putting on” so God can change us from the inside out (Philippians 2:12-13).