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Reflection on Rom 8:9

Post date:   2019-11-30
Autor:   BCP

 

Reflection on Rom 8:9

 

"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."

Let me ask the essential question: Are these words, saying that I am not in the flesh, really true about me? Does the Spirit of God dwell in me? Is it not the mind and spirit of the world that rules in me? The sign of the Spirit of God really dwelling in me is that I allow Him to work in prayer as well as in decision-making; in other words, I live according to the Spirit. And here is a very important truth related to the previous one: “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” Do I have the Spirit of Christ? The Scripture says: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” And it is the Spirit of God who guides us into the mind of Christ, which is founded on the doing of God’s will. But in order to do God’s will we must seek it first.

 

How shall we obtain the Spirit of Christ? The Word of God says: “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” When we strive for spiritual union with the Lord in interior prayer, we receive His Spirit. His Spirit then guides us into divine truths and into union with Him. And if we keep His commandments, it is true about us: “He who keeps My commandments, it is he who loves Me. …and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” In interior prayer, when we surrender ourselves wholly to God, i.e. give Him the first place in our lives at the present moment, we experience that we are His. The Scripture says: “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” And vice versa: If I do have the Spirit of Christ, I am His and He is mine, and in Him I have everything because He is the Creator, the Saviour, and my Father.

 

 

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