Devotion: Wednesday, April 11
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
This is an incredibly powerful verse with a dynamic promise. Sadly, when I read commentaries, it seems that overwhelmingly this verse is misinterpreted and, therefore, weakened of its power. Most say this verse teaches that when we die, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, will give life to our mortal bodies. First of all, when we die, God is not going to give life to these mortal bodies. (Flesh and blood will not inherit the kingdom of God.) These bodies are temporary dwelling places for this life. In the future He will give us a new spiritual body.
This is not a “when we die” verse. This is a “while we are on earth” verse. The Lord is teaching us that these mortal bodies are vessels. He is promising us that the same Holy Spirit Who brought Jesus back to life has now taken up residence in us to give us His, not our, power to minister the life of Christ to others.
While Christians seem to understand there is nothing they can do to earn their salvation, many live as if once they are saved, they are left to do the best they can. It is IMPOSSIBLE to live the Christian life in our power. Just as we accept our salvation by faith, so we must accept by faith that God has placed resurrection power in us. Instead of focusing on ourselves and our weaknesses, we need to focus on Him and His promises and power. On a daily basis, we need to surrender our weak earthen vessels to Him, and thank Him that we can be instruments of His glory because of His resurrection power living in us.