Dead to Sin But Alive to God

posted Aug 4, 2012, 2:50 AM by Dr Rex al Opusunju   [ updated Aug 4, 2012, 4:53 AM ]

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

Paul's expressions in the above Scripture text appear as if he is not sure that Christ lives in the Believer in the power of the Spirit. In contrast he is quite certain of the fact. The editors of the King James Bible on the other hand leave us with the impression that Paul was not quite certain of the fact.

This verse should read thus:

Since Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life because of righteousness.

Notice the phrase "...Christ be in you...".

This simply means that Christ is resident in your spirit. Your spirit has become His domicile.

You must allow your heart to receive this truth. The awareness of this fact will cause a revolution in your spiritual life.

You can face life's challenges with a sense of mastery instead of defeat.

...the body is dead because of sin;

Your body is animated by the presence of the life giving Christ within and is unresponsive to sin as a corpse is unresponsive to the cries of mourning and bereavement around it. This simply means that sin has lost its appeal to your flesh. Your body can no longer respond to sin's plea because it is dead to sin. 

Glory to God!

"...; but the spirit is life because of righteousness...".

This means that the pervading presence of Christ in you makes your spirit alive to righteousness. You have become spiritually aware of your right standing with God because of Christ's pervading presence in you. Glory to God!

Romans 8:11

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

It is interesting to note that the same Spirit that has raised Jesus Christ from the dead dwells in you. Be assured in your mind that God will do no different to your body what He did to the body of our Lord Jesus When He overwhelmed and permeated it with His divine presence; raising it from the dead. It is also implied that the body of Jesus was not only raised from the dead but also healed of every sickness and disease which he bore for us on the cross. Visualize in your minds eye what the Spirit of God can and will do to your death-doomed bodies now. He will give life to it more abundantly. Glory to God !

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