Romans 8:9-11, “9 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. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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”
The mark of a true believer is the evidence of the Spirit of God indwelling and at work in him as seen in the fruit he displays. If the Spirit gives life, then He will continue to work in a believer’s life. The one controlled by the Spirit indicates that he is under a new government.
Vs. “9 But ye are not in the flesh but in the spirit…”. It has just been shown that he who is under the sway of his fleshly passions is at war with God cannot please Him, and is spiritually dead. But the Christian is under the influence of the Spirit if the Spirit of God dwells in him. He does dwell in him if he is a new creature, “minding the things of the Spirit.”
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. The proof that we have this indwelling Spirit is that we “mind the things of the Spirit and bear its fruit”. We are grafted in Christ the true Vine as the branches. Our life sustenance is from the life source, Jesus Christ. Observe that the Spirit is spoken of in this verse both as the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Christ.
Vs. 10. “and if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin…” Christ is in us by His Spirit. Notice that the indwelling of the Spirit of God, having the Spirit of Christ, belonging to Christ, having Christ in us, are all varied expressions of the same great fact. Our bodies have died physically because death came into the world through sin. “…But the Spirit is life”, our spirit is made alive by union with Christ, and partaking of His righteousness.
Vs. 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”. To quote B. W. Johnson’s commentary, “ That Spirit in us is a pledge that God will raise us, even as Christ was raised from the tomb. Though the body be doomed to death “because of sin,” it shall be “quickened” for those who have God’s Spirit dwelling in them. Even our mortal bodies shall be raised, not in corruption, but in incorruption”. 1Corinthians 15:42-45, “ 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit”
Ezekiel 36:23-27, “23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” to continue, blessings Ev