Q. My question concerns our sin nature that we acquired after Adam and Eve sinned. My understanding is that they were not created with a sin nature but chose to sin anyway. Is the difference between us that they chose to sin and we are unable not to sin? In our resurrected bodies will we still have the choice like them? If this is so how will we resist? They couldn’t. I know you have the answers.
A. Man was originally created with the potential to sin but without a sin nature. It became part of our make up after the fall, and because of it we no longer have the ability to completely stop sinning (Romans 7:18-20). When we are perfected in the Rapture/Resurrection we won’t have a sin nature any more, and while we’ll still have the ability to choose sinful behavior, we’ll no longer have the desire to do so. Perhaps this is due to our experience with the consequences of sin during our natural lives.
To me, it doesn’t make sense that the Lord would create such a glorious eternity for us without also insuring that we would never do anything to spoil it. And the Bible mentions neither of the occurrence of, nor remedy for, sin in the New Jerusalem during the Millennium like there is on Earth. In fact, speaking of the New Jerusalem Rev. 21:27 says,
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.