BCL Grow: Heavenly Gift — Romans 8:9-11
Romans 8:9-11 (Redemption)
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. — Romans 8:9-11
“The life that the Spirit gives is not some abstract thing. In fact, it is not primarily some thing that he gives at all. The Spirit gives us his very self, that we might know and enjoy him and so enjoy his fellowship with the Father and the Son…. In giving us life he comes in to be with us and remain with us. Having once given life, then, he does not move on; he stays to make that life blossom and grow.” Michael Reeves — Delighting in the Trinity, pp. 87, 90.
3 Steps to Take
Ponder: How do you think of the Holy Spirit? Do you think of him as person or a thing? He is the third person of the Trinity and not a thing.
Remember: While many other religions require you to earn salvation through your effort or to work to change yourself in order to have communion with a so-called divine being or higher reality, Christianity is radically different. You aren’t expected to pull yourself up by your own efforts to make yourself worthy of eternal life or fellowship with God. Instead God comes down to you in Jesus Christ and indwells you with his Spirit, the Gift of Heaven.
Rejoice: Rejoice that God is near and present at hand. He is dwelling in you, stirring you up to good works and shaping you for heaven. The Holy Spirit has sealed you for heaven and is transforming you into the image of Christ Jesus in this life as you die to sin and live toward righteousness.
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