Surprisingly, I did not intend this blog to coincide with Easter but it occurred to me that there were strong themes between what I wanted to talk about and Easter but regardless, I hope that you’re blessed and encouraged by today’s blog, and that a new level of revelation is released unto you.
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. Romans 8:9-11 (NKJV)
I was on YouVersion when I came across the passage above and although I’ve certainly read this passage before, it just really got me thinking in a different way; in particular, verse 11.
What did it mean that our mortal bodies will be given life if verse 10 has already told us that our flesh will die? Now, I didn’t have a problem with accepting that my flesh will that, I mean, that is a universal truth which occurs everyday. Death, in this world, is a daily and common experience. In fact, no one can escape death, we only prolong it. So, what did verse 11 mean when it said that life will be given to our mortal bodies?
I was really trying to understand so I started to dig around, and that’s where I came across a post on Desiring God, which is run by John Piper, and that’s where things began to click into place for me.
And I got the following revelation:
- The reason we have death in the world today is because of sin. Adam, the first man, sinned in the beginning (and we can see this in the book of Genesis), and this resulted in death. In fact Romans 5:12 lets us know that by one man (Adam) sin came into the world.
Unfortunately, this effect of Adam’s sin is inevitable. Being in Christ Jesus and He in us means that our sins are forgiven (which is true) however, another truth is that sin has consequences. Sticking your hands in a fire will result in you being burnt regardless of your good intentions. In the same manner, Adam’s sin means that death was introduced into the world, and though Jesus has redeemed us, our bodies still bear the consequence of that fall, which is death.
2. Although our flesh will die, we will live again. And this is where the fun begins!
Our mortal bodies will eventually be raised up by the Spirit of God – by the same Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead. In the same way, by the same Spirit, we will live forever.
When Jesus died, his body was left behind for the three days before he rose again. When he revealed Himself to his disciples, he could do it in his body because the Spirit of God has raised him up (as Romans just told us). A holy body and a holy Spirit. That’s why Jesus was able to ascend into Heaven with his revived body, it had been made alive by the Spirit; purified, much like in the same way that Romans 8:11 tells us. His body had been made alive.
This verse I believe really highlights the importance of the Holy Spirit. We need the holy Spirit for our revival. It literally shows us that the hope of our revival, of our resurrection lies with the Holy Spirit. Our belief in Jesus opened up a door for us to be called sons of God and have the Spirit of God within us. And because we have the Spirit of God within us, we have the hope that one day, we will rise, in a new body, revived, free from the limitations of this world. We’ve seen it happen to Jesus, and we can have reassurance that it will happen for us too. The power that will bring this to pass lives in us, and we can rejoice.
In a way the Easter message of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension applies to us as well. We rejoice because our Saviour could not be bound by death, and we can rejoice because there will come a day when we too will rise to be with our Saviour, by the power of His Spirit, in a new body. Glory to God!