Week of November 18 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Romans 8:9-11

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. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 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.  

Reflect: What assurances are promised for the one who belongs to God through Christ?

Consider: There is an “awful” (awe-inspiring) connection between the presence of the Holy Spirit in a life and the manifestation of the Spirit’s control. In essence, Paul says, if the Spirit of God lives in you, you will be controlled by the Spirit. That does not mean believers will not quench the Spirit, for they will (1 Thess. 5:19). Nor does it mean that believers will not grieve the Spirit, for they will (Eph. 4:30). Nor does it mean that one in whom the Holy Spirit dwells cannot sin, for he or she surely can. But it does mean that a person in whom the Holy Spirit dwells should be manifesting the control of the Spirit.[1]

Respond: Why does having the Spirit guarantee our future bodily resurrection? Why is this significant to you? What does this “seal” for you in your mind?

[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 252.