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Reflection on Rom 8:10

Post date:   2019-12-14
Autor:   BCP

 

Reflection on Rom 8:10

 

"And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness."

This verse repeats and emphasizes what the essence is of our victory over sin. The preceding verse states a condition: “…if the Spirit of God dwells in you.” And this condition is confirmed at the end of the verse with the words: “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” So if the Spirit of God dwells in us, we belong to Christ because we have His Spirit. The Scripture says: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” And then: “Do you not know that the Spirit of God dwells in you? You are the temple of God, the temple of the Holy Spirit.” In another place, it says: “…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Jesus said: “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” So the Spirit of God makes Jesus and the Father present in us. The whole Trinity dwells in us, as Jesus Himself says. And verse 10, which we are going to recite for two weeks, highlights the following: “And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

Verse 16 says that the Spirit Himself, i.e. the Spirit of God, bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and also heirs of God’s kingdom. Theoretically, the letter of the Scripture, various theologies or catechisms can bear witness to this, but only the Spirit of God can make it real in our lives. He must enlighten us and His power must work in us through our obedience of faith and union with Him. The main problem is that our body is not dead to sin but is extremely alive. This is a sign that our union with Christ is superficial and the Spirit of God cannot work because of our weak faith. We do not stand firmly in the light of God’s Word, and we have not yet learned to become united to Christ through various trials, sufferings or self-renunciation. This is not a reason for despair but rather for focusing again in prayer on the most essential thing – the personal relationship to God. We should also give Him our little problems, trials and temptations, for we pray as our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us: Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” We pray that we may not be led into temptations which are beyond our power and that we may be delivered from the evil spirit who influences our feelings, mind and will, either directly or through the world or people acting in the spirit of the world. We must walk in the Holy Spirit – that means, we must cooperate with the Spirit of God, bear in mind the essential truths about the danger of sin, about the reality of death and eternity, and also about what a high price was paid for our forgiveness and deliverance from the bondage of sin. The way of purification is thus intertwined with the way of illumination and unification. Without repentance and without putting God’s Word into practice there is no spiritual life; there is only stagnation because we do not allow the Spirit of God to live in us. Thus at the same time we do not allow Jesus Christ to work in us and through us. The very secret of a victorious life lies not only in the receiving of or the baptism with the Holy Spirit – this is just the beginning – but it is necessarily connected with walking in the Spirit, in the Spirit of truth, who unites us to Jesus through the cross. Then Jesus can live and suffer in us for the sake of the salvation of souls, especially those in our immediate surroundings, so that we may truly become living atoning sacrifices. Jesus gave us an example on the cross as well as before His death which was preceded by His suffering, starting with Gethsemane, scourging, crowning with thorns, the way of the cross, and ending with crucifixion.

 

 

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