Psalm 119 – Part 13A
August 20, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 13B
August 22, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 13A
August 20, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 13B
August 22, 2013

The Spirit of Life At Work In Us

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. Romans 8:10

Verse one of Romans 8 said, “to them which are in Christ Jesus. This verse says “if Christ be in you.” We are both “in” Christ, and He “in” us. Perhaps this is a mystery we can’t adequately explain but nonetheless believe. God see us “in” Christ. All He has done for us is through the finished work of Jesus. When we are born again, we have a positional place “in” Christ.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” (John 14:23)

Paul contrasts our bodies and our spirits. Our body has not received the full redemption. We still live in this word and God made our bodies to function in this word. God’s original intent in Adam was that man would live forever. There was no sickness, aging, or stresses to shorten life. Only when sin entered, did death enter also. Our bodies are subject to the entrance of sin. As Paul says our bodies are dead because of sin. (We will see in the next verse how God overcame that for us.) We won’t receive our heavenly body until we die.

Our spirits on the other hand, were dead, but the Spirit of Life—the Holy Spirit brought life to our spirits. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22) Our spirits, which were dead in trespasses and sins, He made alive and made righteous because of Jesus and the work of the Spirit of Life. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” (Ephesians 2:1)

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) We now have a right standing with God. We are righteous because Jesus became sin. He took our wrong standing with God and turned it around. We are now righteous. Because the Spirit of Life has the freedom to work in us the righteousness of Jesus.