Of course, you may well object to this interpretation, since it was your intention to use this verse to speak of the essential substance of humans being itself the target of God's wrath, in order to claim that Christ could not possibly have had this nature (since he was obviously never under the wrath of God), and thus must have possessed a nature other than our own.
So let's suspend my interpretation for the moment, and examine the passage under question.Why is it
that these individuals are 'children of wrath', and what change must they undergo in order for them to be children of wrath no longer
1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Ah. They were 'dead in trespasses and sins'. For what reason?
2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Because they walked according to the course of this world, according to the spirit that works in the children of disobedience. This sounds like a way of life, the result of a particular mental disposition.
3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind...
So in times past, their way of life
(as the word 'conversation' should be translated), was a way of life which fulfilled the desires of the flesh and the mind.
This agrees perfectly with what we've just read in the previous verse, that this was a disobedient way of life, the result of a particular mental disposition.
3...and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
So now we find that the context of this 'nature' is:
- Those dead in trespasses and sins (moral transgression)
- Who walked according to the course of this world
- Who had a particular way of life which was the result of a disobedient mind
- Who therefore had a way of life which fulfilled the desires of the flesh and mind
In other words, we cannot
interpret this 'nature' in verse 3 as anything other than established pattern of habitual behaviour or way of life, which is exactly what the verses preceding have been telling us