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Romans 8:8-11: Life in the Spirit

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Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh;

on the contrary, you are in the spirit,

if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.

Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

But if Christ is in you,

although the body is dead because of sin,

the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,

the One who raised Christ from the dead

will give life to your mortal bodies also,

through his Spirit dwelling in you.  (Rom. 8:8-11)


The Christian’s baptism into Christ not o­nly “transfers” him as it were from the Body of Adam into the Body of Christ.  By being “grafted” into Christ, he also is freed from the o­nus of the Law and the burden of sin in the flesh.  For now, the same Spirit which empowered Christ has also been poured into him, enabling him to live free of sin and not according to the flesh.  With his baptism then, the Christian is given a new life: life in the Spirit of Christ in contrast to his former condition, life under the law and under the wrath of God.  With this new life, the Christian can no longer go back to what he was before, i.e., to live “according to the flesh.”  Living according to the Spirit of Christ, he can now be assured that Death will not have the last word over Him.  Like Christ, he too is destined to the Resurrection.

The key concept here is the Spirit, the Breath of God, the Life-Giving Wind that renews creation.  It is the Wind that brings the skeletons in Ezekiel’s vision to life (Ezekiel 37).  It is the Breath of God  alluded to by the Psalmist when he writes:

“When you send forth your breath, they are created and you renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 104:30)”

It is the same Spirit that Christ breathed into his disciples  to give them new life (John 20:22; cf. Genesis 2:7). That  Spirit is poured into the Christian at his baptism so that now he can call God “Father” and  stand before the world free from sin and alive in Christ.

Spirit of God in St. Paul:

  1. Romans 8:9
    You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
    Romans 8:8-10 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Romans 8:14
    because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
    Romans 8:13-15 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)
  3. 1 Corinthians 2:11
    For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
    1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  4. 1 Corinthians 2:14
    The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    1 Corinthians 2:13-15 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  5. 1 Corinthians 7:40
    In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is–and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
    1 Corinthians 7:39-41 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter)
  6. 1 Corinthians 12:3
    Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
    1 Corinthians 12:2-4 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 12 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Ephesians 4:30
    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
    Ephesians 4:29-31 (in Context) Ephesians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Philippians 3:3
    For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–
    Philippians 3:2-4 (in Context) Philippians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Spirit of Christ in Paul

  1. Romans 8:9
    You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.
    Romans 8:8-10 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)

h is Spirit in Paul

  1. Romans 1:4
    and who through the Spirit [ Or who as to his spirit] of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God [ Or was appointed to be the Son of God with power] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Romans 1:3-5 (in Context) Romans 1 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Romans 8:11
    And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.
    Romans 8:10-12 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)
  3. 1 Corinthians 2:10
    but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
    1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  4. 1 Corinthians 5:5
    hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature [ Or that his body; or that the flesh] may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
    1 Corinthians 5:4-6 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 5 (Whole Chapter)
  5. 1 Corinthians 14:2
    For anyone who speaks in a tongue [ Or another language; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27] does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. [ Or by the Spirit]
    1 Corinthians 14:1-3 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 14 (Whole Chapter)
  6. 2 Corinthians 1:22
    set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
    2 Corinthians 1:21-23 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  7. 2 Corinthians 7:14
    In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well.
    2 Corinthians 7:13-15 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Galatians 3:5
    Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?
    Galatians 3:4-6 (in Context) Galatians 3 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Ephesians 2:22
    And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
    Ephesians 2:21-23 (in Context) Ephesians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Ephesians 3:16
    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
    Ephesians 3:15-17 (in Context) Ephesians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Originally posted 2005-03-09 05:44:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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