Psalm 119 – Part 12
August 18, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 13A
August 20, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 12
August 18, 2013
Psalm 119 – Part 13A
August 20, 2013

You Are Not In the Flesh If

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee.  2013

Tunnel between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee. 2013

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9

Paul finally explains what the flesh is. He shows that the flesh he has been taking about is actually a person who does not have the Spirit of God dwelling in them. In other words, the person of the flesh is an unbeliever.

Christians have used these verses to talk about the believer as living in the flesh. Paul makes it clear; he is referring to the unbeliever. He wrote this to believers. He said “but.” In the discussion of the eight verses before about the person in the flesh. You are not in the flesh. You are in the Spirit if (big IF) the Spirit of God—the Holy Spirit—lives on the inside of you.

“Here the great mark of a true Christian is that the Spirit of God dwells in him. If he is indwelt by the Spirit of God, he is not “in flesh,” but instead an entirely different kind of being,—“in Spirit.” (Romans Verse-by-Verse.)

This has great implications to the study of the flesh in the Bible. For example, the works of the flesh in Galatians 5. Unbelievers who haven’t yet inherited the kingdom by faith do them; not people indwelt by the Spirit.

I like the word “dwell.” It means to inhabit a house or home. The Holy Spirit has made your body a dwelling place. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

You are not of those called “in the flesh,” if you are a believer. So rejoice that you have the Holy Spirit in your house.