Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the
sinful nature but by the Spirit, IF the Spirit of God lives in you. And IF anyone does
not have the Spirit of Christ he does not belong to Christ.
Our Heavenly Father through Paul is not
telling these people in the church in Rome that they all have the Spirit of
Christ in them, he is telling them IF the Spirit of God is in them they will want to be or not
want to be controlled by the Spirit of Christ as their Lord or controlled by
the sinful nature. God never forces anyone to be controlled by the Spirit.
Our Heavenly Father explains through
Paul what the Spirit of Christ accomplishes in them IF He is in them, and IF they want to
be controlled by Him.
1) Your body is dead because
of sin. Everyone’s body is dead spiritually because of sin. Meaning no human
being is right spiritually with God.
2) Your human spirit is
alive because of the righteousness of Christ His Spirit gives your spirit
within. If you want to be controlled by this person you will be made into His righteousness.
You are willing to be controlled by this new person that is within you.
3) “The Spirit gives life
to your mortal (natural) body.” This means your mortal body will be given a supernatural lift of life from His Spirit that goes beyond your mortal body, beyond your mortal understanding, mortal knowledge, and mortal righteousness.
In other words, IF you willingly want your body to no longer be
controlled by the sinful nature or the world, and you willingly want it to be
controlled by His Spirit, and through
His Spirit you can overcome your sinful nature and the world.
V10 But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because
of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And IF the Spirit of
him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the
dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit.
He then tells them IF the
Spirit of God is in them they have an obligation to fulfill as children of God
to live by the Spirit of God, and IF they continue to live according to the
sinful nature they will die.
V12 (A) Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation-but
it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For IF you live
according to the sinful nature you will die;
This does not mean they will
die only physically when the time comes, but spiritually as well. This means
they will remain dead inside and not live true to themselves as His children by
His life giving Spirit If they continue to live according to the sinful nature.
Only those who live by the Spirit of God can see the change His life giving
Spirit gives them. Only the Spirit of Christ saves us from living in hell for eternity. He then gives them another if.
V12(B)but IF by the Spirit you put to death the
misdeeds of the body, you will live, because
those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
These words lets us know
we can live by our sinful nature or by the Spirit, IF the Spirit is
within us we then have the power to put to death the misdeeds of the body. IF the Spirit of God is not in us then Christ is not in us
and we cannot live through His Spirit, and live now and for eternity, but if by the Spirit we want to put to death the misdeeds of the body we can now and live for eternity with Him.
Today IF we are not
being led by the Spirit of God because we are not willing to, or because we
would rather live by the sinful nature and all the pleasures it gives us, we will
be spiritually dead toward God as long as we want to live by our sinful nature. Even our good is not God’s spiritual best and
His holiness. We will never know Him personally as our Lord and Savior, and He
can never reveal to us who are now and live for eternity with Him.
IF you do want to live now and for eternity by the
Spirit of God, but you know the Spirit of God through Christ is not in you then truly go
to the Cross, tell God you have had a change of heart, you truly want to know Him,
confess your sinful nature, and hand it all to Him to be crucified so you can
come to life through His Spirit.
It is a huge leap to leave
all behind, but what His life giving Spirit gives overcomes all you think you
have lost.The true life He can only give you within is the only spiritual life
within that completes you now, and all others things in life will come to you
now for eternity! It is a narrow road full of His riches.
Where you spend eternity
is a life much greater than the life you will spend here, and if you do not
live according to His Spirit your life for eternity will not be with Him. What "if" do you want to follow? Your sinful nature, or the life giving Spirit of Christ? One is spiritual death now and for eternity in hell, and one is a life giving Spirit now and for eternity in Heaven.