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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:01
Romans 8:12 - Indeed then brethren, we are not in debt to the flesh: to live
after the flesh.

One who is in debt, or a debtor, is one who is in bondage or under
obligation to another; to work for them to clear their debt. They are not
free to pursue their own interests and live their own lives, until that debt
is paid. Those who are in Christ Jesus have no debt. All of our debt has
been paid in full by Jesus Christ; and now we are no longer under any
obligation to the powers of darkness, nor to a sin-cursed world.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:23
Romans 8:11 - And if the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in
you, the one that raised up Christ from the dead shall also make alive your
body that is subject to death - through the Spirit of Him that dwells in
you.

God subjected all mankind to death because of Adam's sin. This subjugation
to death as it relates to man's physical body is emphasized by the Greek
adjective 'thnetos', which means "mortal" or "subject to death" or "bodies
which will die." The same one who subjected us to death in hope of the
resurrection has made provision for us to receive divine health: through the
working of His Spirit that dwells in us (1 Corinthians 12:7-10; Acts
19:11-12).

While it is true that once our bodies die they will be raised up from the
dead, it is equally true that when we become sick God has provided a means
of healing by the Holy Spirit. In these verses the subject is the current
state of our body, which is viewed as now being dead even though we are
living. The dead state of our bodies is contrasted to the life-giving power
of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Thus the making alive of our mortal
bodies now refers to the healing of the body from disease and sickness.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:23
Romans 8:11 - And if the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in
you, the one that raised up Christ from the dead shall also make alive your
body that is subject to death - through the Spirit of Him that dwells in
you.

God subjected all mankind to death because of Adam's sin. This subjugation
to death as it relates to man's physical body is emphasized by the Greek
adjective 'thnetos', which means "mortal" or "subject to death" or "bodies
which will die." The same one who subjected us to death in hope of the
resurrection has made provision for us to receive divine health: through the
working of His Spirit that dwells in us (1 Corinthians 12:7-10; Acts
19:11-12).

While it is true that once our bodies die they will be raised up from the
dead, it is equally true that when we become sick God has provided a means
of healing by the Holy Spirit. In these verses the subject is the current
state of our body, which is viewed as now being dead even though we are
living. The dead state of our bodies is contrasted to the life-giving power
of the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Thus the making alive of our mortal
bodies now refers to the healing of the body from disease and sickness.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 11:59
Romans 8:9 - And you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit; if indeed the
Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of
Christ - this one is not His.

Paul makes it absolutely clear to the saints that they are not in the flesh.
The definition and proof that a person is not in the flesh is that the
Spirit of God dwells in them. In order to make it perfectly clear concerning
who has the Spirit of God dwelling in them, Paul makes it known that he is
referring to the Spirit of Christ. These are those who are in Christ because
of the spiritual birth. When Jesus was talking to Nicodemus about the new
birth, He said: "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; but that which is
born of the Spirit is Spirit" (John 3:6). John described those who are born
of the Spirit and made sons of God as being those that were "not born of
blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man; but of God"
(John 1:13).

Obviously, Paul is not referring to a natural human body when he uses the
word flesh. He is speaking of the unredeemed, who have not been born of the
Spirit. The argument therefore goes that since we have been born of the
Spirit, we are led and governed by the Spirit; and therefore are no longer
prisoners to a realm of condemnation; nor are we dependent on human ability
to please God.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 31 May 2010 13:15
Romans 8:1 - There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus:
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

One of the ways that we can understand the meaning of "flesh" is human
ability. Mankind, through his own human ability, cannot fulfill the promises
of God. An example of this is given in Galatians chapter four, where Abraham
attempted to fulfill the promise of God through his own human ability
(Galatians 4:23,29). We know that Abraham did not stagger at the promises of
God; but at one point he thought that he would be able to fulfill God's
promises through his own ability, and therefore took his concubine Hagar as
a wife (Romans 4:20). It is this same human ability that is addressed in
Romans 8:3 as the reason for the Law being weak. The Law was powerless to
impart the life or the Spirit of God, and therefore it was dependent upon
man's human ability and discipline to fulfill the righteousness of God
(Galatians 3:21).

Jesus told Nicodemus, the ruler of the Jews, that those who had been born of
the flesh were flesh (earthly or natural). Therefore, flesh may be
understood as the natural human ability or "self," of which Jesus said He
could do nothing by: "I can of my own self do nothing;" and of which Paul
said he knew nothing by; and of which we are all commanded to deny (John
5:19; 1 Corinthians 4:4; Luke 9:23). It is this natural life that was
subjected to death, and condemned under a penalty of eternal death, because
of Adam's transgression. It was also in this flesh or earthly existence that
the Word was made, thereby becoming the sin offering for all of mankind.
Jesus suffered in the flesh, and we are commanded to arm ourselves with the
same mind (1 Peter 4:1-2). So just as Jesus was subject to temptation, and
suffered being tempted but did not yield, we ourselves are to be partakers
of the same (Hebrews 2:18; Hebrews 5:8). Having been renewed and restored to
the glory of God by the Spirit, we are empowered to resist the devil, and
abstain from fleshly lusts which war against our soul. Now that we have been
born of the Spirit and clothed with the glory of God, we are empowered to
live a life free from sin.
 
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