If Christ Is In You

All Scripture references are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted.

The Result of the Indwelling Holy Spirit

Some may not understand the impact of the presence of the Holy Spirit’s presence in their life. We must understand this fact as Paul writes, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20. The Apostle has reminded the Corinthians that they must not indulge in sinful life practices because they now members of the Body of Christ and suggests by this question that some may not understand. This may be the point to be made in the local church, your church, today. Have you ever wondered why so many who profess to be ‘Christians’ do not seem to reflect that reality? My suggestion, more than not, is that those who do profess to be ‘Christian’ most likely are not simply because of what the Bible says about those who are Believers.

“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. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:9-11.

There seems to be a contradiction between verse 9 and verse 10 for in verse 9 we are told that a Believer is “not in the flesh, but in the Spirit” and in verse 10 the Apostle reminds us that “the body is dead because of sin” even if Christ resides in you. Do not become alarmed or get the wrong idea that this is a reference to what many will say is a reference to the sin nature. This is not true. Do we forget that Paul argues in Romans 6:5-7, “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin.”  Just as he writes in 1 Corinthians 6 we are united with Christ, he said the same thing in Romans 6. We who Believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are united with Him and are “in the Spirit.” Later in Colossians, Paul again reminds us that we are “in Christ.” With this reminder in hand as we read here in Romans 8:10 that the “body is dead because of sin,” the Apostle is saying that our physical body is subject to physical death because of sin in the world, not because of our sin. We will all one day die a physical death and this journey will be over, but we will enter a new journey which is spiritual in nature. Remember, Believers are “in the Spirit.”

12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh- 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:9-17.

Believers are ‘Sons of God’ and this relationship places a new obligation upon them. That obligation is to live according to the will of God, the desires of the Holy Spirit who indwells us. As Believers, we are alive in Christ and will, therefore, put the deeds of the body, the old crucified and dead, old self, away.

Adopted Children

We are now the adopted children of God. My wife and I adopted a baby girl many years ago and she legally became our own child, and we accepted her as being ‘flesh of our flesh.’ For nearly 3 decades she has been our daughter, our child. The very same thing happens in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, everyone who believes is adopted into the Family of God, His eternal family and this relationship will never, never change because of His redeeming grace. We are, indeed, His heirs!!

Not only are we His children, but we also have certain obligations which become our responsibilities to fulfill. We not only must, but we will naturally, because of our new nature, live according to His life-principles which are found in His Word because of our love for Him and as a result of His love for us, Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31b-32. The opposite of this is simple if one fails to continue in HIs word that person is not His disciple and does not belong to Him.

One last point to be made, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:16-17. God the Holy Spirit is our witness to the fact that when one professes Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord “we are the children of God.” However, we must also understand and accept with gratitude that we may very well suffer and be glorified with Him.

All across the world, we read almost daily of the horrible suffering that Christians endure at the hands of very evil people. These have been glorified with Christ. Here in America, we are somewhat persecuted because of our faith in Christ and for receiving this with grace we are, indeed, glorifying the presence of Christ in our lives because He lives within. Never forget who and Whose you are!!

Jesus is Lord!!

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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