Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
Nature is a most interesting word which unfortunately is often mixed up in its meaning
withthe word flesh—flesh referring to man’s fallen condition because of sin, while nature
refers to what our blessed God has created or has ordained for man’s joy and pleasure.
We will not think of nature as being wrong and ruined by our sin. However, man’s fallen
sinful condition does at times, take what God has given to be enjoyed in nature, and cor-
rupts it, which causes it to become a sin against Holy God.
Le 20:24* “But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to
possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which
haveseparated you from other people” (Lev.20:24).
This verse suggests the natural bleesing God bestowed on the promised land.
“No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye
shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire” (Lev.2:11).
This verse shows that nature which is to be enjoyed by man in this world cannot be used as
a sacrifical offering to God which suggests the death of Christ.
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
(Psa.119:103). This verse suggests that there is one thing far better than natual joys and that
is the divinley inspired Word of God.It is the ultimate sweetness to the new man in Christ.
“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith,
and vomit it” (Prov.25:16). This verse teaches that it is wrong for a believer to try and find
all his natural joy in this world. There are joys far greater that what is offered in this world.
Pr 25:27* It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
Nature is for man in this world to enjoy God’s granduer and desire for man to be content.
But Nature cannot save a lost soul, nor can it suggest the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ
on the cross. It is a joy for this world for the natural man. Consider marriage. They neither
marry or are given in marriage in heaven, but on earth it is one of God’s greatest blessing for
mankind. Yet it has nothing, as a natural joy, to do with true Chistianity, though it is to be
held in the greatest care between husband and wife.