Romans 8:9-10.. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
When a person believes in Jesus, peace with God is the result. A Instantly the Holy Spirit enters your body and “bears witness with your spirit that you are a child of God” B If anyone does not have the Holy Spirit He does not belong to God as His child. The Holy Spirit in this verse is referred to as the “Spirit”, “Spirit of God’ and the “Spirit of Christ”. The verse is plain, if you do not possess the Spirit; you do not belong to God and need to revisit your relationship with Jesus.
10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
However if you possess Christ in you, your spirit is not dead but is eternally alive. You have exchanged your sin for the righteous of God and your spirit is alive for eternity because of the death of sinless Jesus on the cross. C God has given you freedom from “His wrath for the penalty of sin” in exchange for “His righteousness.” I call that the great exchange.
Your “body is dead because of sin” though your spirit is alive eternally. This means that unless Jesus returns first we will all die, but when we die the spirit of those spiritually alive will immediately go to heaven and be with Jesus. D Someday when Jesus returns all believers, dead and alive, will receive resurrected bodies like Jesus. E
While still alive the Holy Spirit gives the believer in Jesus has eternal victory over the penalty of sin, the power to be holy and have daily freedom from the power of sin.
Notes: A- “born again” as described in John 3:1-8,16-17 & for “How to have peace with God” click here ; B- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Romans 8:16 ; C- 2 Corinthians 5:21 ; D- 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23 ; E- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 3:2
Henry Luke 11/19/2017
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