You Are in the Spirit
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. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. (Romans 8:9-11)
How does God view us, in terms of our sanctification? In other words, what is our position or status with Him as far as progress in the Christian life is concerned?
Does He see us as deficient, with mostly demerits? Do we begin each day with a negative balance, with a need to do a truckload of right things to arrive at a positive balance by the end of the day?
Or, does He see as in a positive light with nothing to prove, but only with a need to walk in the Spirit?
The answer is that we are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, because the Spirit of God does indeed dwell in the believer. God has placed us in the Spirit, He sees us in the Spirit. We have a positive balance with Him, always.
Notice that the Spirit of God is referred to here as the Spirit of Christ. Note also the statement Christ is in you. Putting these concepts together we conclude that Jesus Christ lives within the believer by the Person of the Holy Spirit. That is how He does it … He dwells in each of us by the Spirit.
Because the Spirit dwells within the believer, there is a continual promise of the experience of resurrection life. The same power by which Christ rose from dead is in us. The same life Jesus possesses is the same life we possess. A primary purpose of this life is that we can overcome the weakness and helplessness of our mortal bodies (our bodies subject to sin and death; our bodies which still contain the vestige of sin). In other words, the Spirit’s life in us conquers the flesh life as we trust in and walk in Him.
For Further Review
1. What benefits can you think of that come from knowing that as a believer, you are in the Spirit?
2. How does Jesus Christ dwell in individual believers, according to the passage?
3. What is the ministry of the Spirit as He dwells in us? What does He provide to us? What difference does this make in our lives?
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