You Are Not In The Flesh

The beauty of the Gospel is that we are not left to fend for ourselves. Christ's death on the cross solved our sin problem and so much more.  Through His finished work we've been made the dwelling place of God so God is no longer external to us but lives in us. God put His Spirit in us and as we abide in Him, He's able to live His life through us. We are no longer a self-sufficient people! We are in the Spirit and are called to walk in the Spirit.

Romans 8:7–11 "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who 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 life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you."

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, Every unredeemed person, whether religious, atheistic, outwardly moral, or outwardly wicked is hostile to God. An unsaved person cannot live a godly and righteous life because he has no godly and righteous nature or resources.

For it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. The lack of a new nature prevents the unredeemed from following God. The unbeliever can put on the pretense of being kind and gentle but their spirit remains dead to Christ.

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. This is God’s sweeping announcement concerning all mankind who are not in Christ. Mankind was created for the very purpose of pleasing God.  It is important to note the distinction of those “in” the flesh. They can do humanitarian works and give great sums of money to the poor but all who are in the flesh are unable to please God. Self-sufficiency never pleases God, faith pleases God! There is no way for you to please God from just your self-life!

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Paul’s statement is made as a statement of fact.  Sinful human flesh can only reproduce more sinful human flesh. Only God’s Holy Spirit can produce spiritual life. “Oikeo” in the Greek means to dwell like being in one’s own home. So the issue is always, does the Spirit find His home in you?

Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Christ because Christ promised and sent Him. The person who gives no evidence of the presence, power and fruit of God’s Spirit in his life has no legitimate claim to Christ as Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit is the seal that we are the possession of Jesus. 

But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. The physical body is temporary because of sin. The body will never again determine our identity because it is only temporary. The real issue is whether Christ is in you. If God’s Spirit dwells in us then our own spirit is alive with the life of God and we are made the very righteousness of God in Christ.

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. To have the Spirit is to have resurrection life.  We are reminded that the Spirit of God, Who raised up Jesus, is dwelling in us. So, although our bodies suffer the effects of sin and death, the Holy Spirit, who raised Christ Jesus from the dead, will also raise us up. “When that day comes, God will do this blessed giving of life to our bodies through His Spirit that is now dwelling in us!

We have the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is living in you. I think we take this much too lightly. You are His holy and sacred temple. How we live and interact with our world must be from the perspective of His life in us! Today, will you allow Him to express His life through you?

Tim has been in full-time ministry for the past 30 years. He has been actively involved overseas for most of that time and since 2013 serving as the Senior Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Boerne, TX.