Who Gives Life To Your Mortal Bodies?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”  Rom 8:9-11

 

Introduction

It is imperative to recognize from God’s Word that if the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, then God most certainly is going to give life to our mortal bodies.  God promises clearly that if His Spirit has taken up residence in our heart, then, even though our body is dead by faith, God will give life to our mortal bodies and raise it up on the last day. 

 

Two Big ‘Ifs’ In The Scripture Above

Is God’s Spirit in our heart?  Are we led by the Spirit and adopted into God’s family?  If either of these two ‘ifs’ are untrue for us, then the promise is in vain.  Furthermore, our mortal body will not experience the supernatural resurrection life (zoe) now and eventually will not be raised unto life eternal.

Let us rivet our attention on Rom 8:9-11 so that God may imprint 3 indispensable truths in our hearts permanently.

 

  1. How To Receive The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

Why in Acts 2:38, the Scripture says “Let everyone be baptized in the Name of Jesus for the remission of sins?  It is because Jesus has taken on all the sins of the world by receiving the baptism from John the Baptist, dying on the cross and being resurrected from the dead.  This is how Jesus has delivered us who believe in the Righteousness of God from all sins.  Therefore, those who have received the cleansing of all sins by believing in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection get to receive the Holy Spirit as a gift.  Furthermore, whoever has received the gift of the Holy Spirit is a person who believes in the Righteousness of God.  This means that without the cleansing of one’s every sin by believing in the Word of the Righteousness of God, no one can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  In the heart of a sinner, only sin of unbelief and demonic spirit dwells.

 

  1. How To Know We Have The Indwelling Holy Spirit

In Rom 8:13-17, the passage gives 3 evidences of one having the Holy Spirit.  In Vs 13, ”if you put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit, you will live.”  This means that when we encounter temptation to do wrong, are we seeking help from the Spirit and rely on His power to slay the act before it happens.  If we are battling with evil like this with the victory attained for us in Christ, then we can have assurance that the Holy Spirit is in us.  In Vs 14, “if we are led by the Spirit of God, we are a child of God.”  Do we look to the Word of God given by the Spirit for guidance?  More so, do we yield when the Spirit prompts us to walk in the path of righteousness?  If so, the Spirit dwells in us.  In Vs 15, if we can cry out with sincerity to God, “Abba Father” then we have the witness of the Spirit in our hearts.  We have the Spirit if we constantly look to our Father for security and guidance

 

  1. How To Experience Supernatural Life In Our Mortal Bodies

We who are saved by faith in the Righteousness of God have received perfect remission of sin and the indwelling Spirit to experience supernatural life in our bodies now and forever more.  Since we were baptized into Christ, we too died with Him in order to be brought back to life through His resurrection.  Rom 8:10 says that due to the Righteousness of God, we have the resurrection power of Christ to give life to our mortal bodies.  Those who abide in God’s Righteousness are able to experience supernatural healing and empowerment by the grace of God through our union in Christ.  Rom 5:21  God will also transform our bodies for His glory with a spiritual body to live with Him as divine children throughout eternity.  Dan 12:2-3

 

Conclusion

In Luke 14:12-14, during a banquet, Jesus turned to the host and said “when you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you will be repaid.  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you.” After this statement Jesus concludes by saying “you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

The essence of the Christian life is to keep experiencing supernatural power to our mortal bodies now and also eagerly waiting for the resurrection of our glorious body.

 

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