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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.

 

will [logical progression] also [as with Jesus] give life to your mortal bodies [mortal bodies of this age or the human nature of this age]

Note the contrast between the resurrection of Christ and the “giving life” to believers. Our posture in relation to death is different because of Christ. Christians will be raised one day, but God needs to give us a new life to do it. He does this beginning in time at the point of our salvation. This eternal life will be deposited in our “mortal bodies.”

The word “also” indicates that Christ was raised from the dead physically, and so also will the believer be.

Our “mortal bodies” are not physical bodies but bodies that are susceptible to both physical corruption and moral corruption. We are vulnerable to the power of the sin capacity. Our bodies have the quality of death apart from God.

God promises vital life resurrection to the present “mortal bodies” of believers.

Ro 6: 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Ro 6:8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

Ro 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Eventually God will overcome physical death and the corruption of our sin capacity by the final resurrection for the believer. The future resurrection of the believer’s body is the ultimate point of the indwelling Spirit in our lives. The present reality of our eternal life will manifest itself in the eventual resurrection of our bodies. At that time we will have bodies in a glorified state for eternity.

This is the final outcome of what Christ did for us by His resurrection. Christians have the certainty that God will raise our bodies, our anatomies of corruption! The ultimate outcome of what Christ did for us by His resurrection is the certainty that God will raise our bodies from our anatomies of corruption!

through His Spirit who dwells in you.

The Spirit is the continuity of life for the believer. He communicates life to us through Christ. This is a security that we will overcome death. At the resurrection our bodies will nevermore be liable to death.

PRINCIPLE:

Sanctification is the product of life from God.

APPLICATION:

It is possible to actualize resurrection life now while we are on earth. The indwelling Holy Spirit makes the genuine believer orient to the things of God. There is then a hunger for what God says in His Word. There is a desire to please Him by listening to what He says. We readily want to listen to what He has to tell us in the Bible. Someone who shows no indication for the things of God, no evidence of seeking to please Him, is probably not a Christian.

Before our spiritual birth we looked at the Bible as so much dead text. It was boring and we had little interest in it. Now we view it as having the capacity to change our lives. We also see other Christians as being in the same spiritual family. That will draw us to worship with that family.

The resurrection of Christ is the prototype of our resurrection. The method God used in undertaking Jesus’ resurrection is the same method by which we will be resurrected The same veracity that raised Christ from the dead will guarantee our resurrection. God will do for us what He did for His Son.

No fragility of our physical body will stop Him from giving us a resurrection body. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a down payment on the resurrection of our mortal bodies. He will indwell our resurrected body as well. We will dwell in a new and advanced home. One day God will do away with our body of corruption and sin capacity forever.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believer prepares us for the glory of God. We are a depository for the special blessing of knowing God in a richer sense. We will glorify Christ in a much greater way in eternity.

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