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Living in the Spirit (Rom. 8:8-11)

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LifeInTheSpirit

 

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever 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 alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the One who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you.  (Romans 8:8-11)

The Christian’s baptism into Christ not only “transfers” him as it were from the Body of Adam into the Body of Christ.  By being “grafted” into Christ, he also is freed from the onus of the Law and the burden of sin in the flesh.  For now, the same Spirit which empowered Christ has also been poured into him, enabling him to live free of sin and not according to the flesh.  With his baptism then, the Christian is given a new life: life in the Spirit of Christ in contrast to his former condition, life under the law and under the wrath of God.  With this new life, the Christian can no longer go back to what he was before, i.e., to live “according to the flesh.”  Living according to the Spirit of Christ, he can now be assured that Death will not have the last word over Him.  Like Christ, he too is destined to the Resurrection.

The key concept here is the Spirit, the Breath of God, the Life-Giving Wind that renews creation.  It is the Wind that brings the skeletons in Ezekiel’s vision to life (Ezekiel 37).  It is the Breath of God  alluded to by the Psalmist when he writes:

“When you send forth your breath, they are created and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104:30)”

It is the same Spirit that Christ breathed into his disciples  to give them new life (John 20:22; cf. Genesis 2:7). That  Spirit is poured into the Christian at his baptism so that now he can call God “Father” and  stand before the world free from sin and alive in Christ.

Spirit of God in St. Paul:

  1. 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.
    Romans 8:8-10 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Romans 8:14
    because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
    Romans 8:13-15 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)
  3. 1 Corinthians 2:11
    For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
    1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  4. 1 Corinthians 2:14
    The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    1 Corinthians 2:13-15 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  5. 1 Corinthians 7:40
    In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is–and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
    1 Corinthians 7:39-41 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter)
  6. 1 Corinthians 12:3
    Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
    1 Corinthians 12:2-4 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 12 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Ephesians 4:30
    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
    Ephesians 4:29-31 (in Context) Ephesians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Philippians 3:3
    For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–
    Philippians 3:2-4 (in Context) Philippians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Spirit of Christ in Paul

  1. 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.
    Romans 8:8-10 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)

h is Spirit in Paul

  1. Romans 1:4
    and who through the Spirit [ Or who as to his spirit] of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God [ Or was appointed to be the Son of God with power] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Romans 1:3-5 (in Context) Romans 1 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Romans 8:11
    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, who lives in you.
    Romans 8:10-12 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)
  3. 1 Corinthians 2:10
    but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
    1 Corinthians 2:9-11 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  4. 1 Corinthians 5:5
    hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature [ Or that his body; or that the flesh] may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
    1 Corinthians 5:4-6 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 5 (Whole Chapter)
  5. 1 Corinthians 14:2
    For anyone who speaks in a tongue [ Or another language; also in verses 4, 13, 14, 19, 26 and 27] does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. [ Or by the Spirit]
    1 Corinthians 14:1-3 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 14 (Whole Chapter)
  6. 2 Corinthians 1:22
    set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
    2 Corinthians 1:21-23 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 1 (Whole Chapter)
  7. 2 Corinthians 7:14
    In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well.
    2 Corinthians 7:13-15 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 7 (Whole Chapter)
  8. Galatians 3:5
    Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?
    Galatians 3:4-6 (in Context) Galatians 3 (Whole Chapter)
  9. Ephesians 2:22
    And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
    Ephesians 2:21-23 (in Context) Ephesians 2 (Whole Chapter)
  10. Ephesians 3:16
    I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
    Ephesians 3:15-17 (in Context) Ephesians 3 (Whole Chapter)

Romans 8:8-11
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8And they who are in the flesh, cannot please God.
9But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10And if Christ be in you, the body indeed is dead, because of sin; but the spirit liveth, because of justification.
11And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead, shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because of his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Psalm 104:30
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30Thou shalt send forth thy spirit, and they shall be created: and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
John 20:22
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22When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.
Genesis 2:7
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7And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
Romans 8:9
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9But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:8-10
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8And they who are in the flesh, cannot please God.
9But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10And if Christ be in you, the body indeed is dead, because of sin; but the spirit liveth, because of justification.
Romans 8:14
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14For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:13-15
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13For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live.
14For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba (Father).
1 Corinthians 2:11
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11For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:10-12
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10But to us God hath revealed them, by this Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God.
12Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God; that we may know the things that are given us from God.
1 Corinthians 2:14
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14But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined.
1 Corinthians 2:13-15
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13Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom; but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14But the sensual man perceiveth not these things that are of the Spirit of God; for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined.
15But the spiritual man judgeth all things; and he himself is judged of no man.
1 Corinthians 7:40
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40But more blessed shall she be, if she so remain, according to my counsel; and I think that I also have the spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 7:39-41
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39A woman is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband die, she is at liberty: let her marry to whom she will; only in the Lord.
40But more blessed shall she be, if she so remain, according to my counsel; and I think that I also have the spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 12:3
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3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man, speaking by the Spirit of God, saith Anathema to Jesus. And no man can say the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 12:2-4
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2You know that when you were heathens, you went to dumb idols, according as you were led.
3Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man, speaking by the Spirit of God, saith Anathema to Jesus. And no man can say the Lord Jesus, but by the Holy Ghost.
4Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit;
Ephesians 4:30
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30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:29-31
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29Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth; but that which is good, to the edification of faith, that it may administer grace to the hearers.
30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be put away from you, with all malice.
Philippians 3:3
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3For we are the circumcision, who in spirit serve God; and glory in Christ Jesus, not having confidence in the flesh.
Philippians 3:2-4
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2Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
3For we are the circumcision, who in spirit serve God; and glory in Christ Jesus, not having confidence in the flesh.
4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other thinketh he may have confidence in the flesh, I more,
Romans 8:9
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9But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:8-10
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8And they who are in the flesh, cannot please God.
9But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10And if Christ be in you, the body indeed is dead, because of sin; but the spirit liveth, because of justification.
Romans 1:4
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4Who was predestinated the Son of God in power, according to the spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead;
Romans 1:3-5
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3Concerning his Son, who was made to him of the seed of David, according to the flesh,
4Who was predestinated the Son of God in power, according to the spirit of sanctification, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead;
5By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name;
Romans 8:11
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11And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead, shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because of his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Romans 8:10-12
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10And if Christ be in you, the body indeed is dead, because of sin; but the spirit liveth, because of justification.
11And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead, shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because of his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
1 Corinthians 2:10
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10But to us God hath revealed them, by this Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:9-11
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9But, as it is written: That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him.
10But to us God hath revealed them, by this Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
11For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 5:5
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5To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 5:4-6
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4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus;
5To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
6Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump?
1 Corinthians 14:2
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2For he that speaketh in a tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man heareth. Yet by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.
1 Corinthians 14:1-3
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1Follow after charity, be zealous for spiritual gifts; but rather that you may prophesy.
2For he that speaketh in a tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man heareth. Yet by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3But he that prophesieth, speaketh to men unto edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:22
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22Who also hath sealed us, and given the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts.
2 Corinthians 1:21-23
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21Now he that confirmeth us with you in Christ, and that hath anointed us, is God:
22Who also hath sealed us, and given the pledge of the Spirit in our hearts.
23But I call God to witness upon my soul, that to spare you, I came not any more to Corinth: not because we exercise dominion over your faith: but we are helpers of your joy: for in faith you stand.
2 Corinthians 7:14
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14And if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been put to shame; but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our boasting that was made to Titus is found a truth.
2 Corinthians 7:13-15
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13Before God: therefore we were comforted. But in our consolation, we did the more abundantly rejoice for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
14And if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I have not been put to shame; but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so also our boasting that was made to Titus is found a truth.
15And his bowels are more abundantly towards you; remembering the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you have received him.
Galatians 3:5
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5He therefore who giveth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you; doth he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of the faith?
Galatians 3:4-6
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4Have you suffered so great things in vain? If it be yet in vain.
5He therefore who giveth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you; doth he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of the faith?
6As it is written: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.
Ephesians 2:22
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22In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:21-23
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21In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord.
22In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 3:16
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16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man,
Ephesians 3:15-17
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15Of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named,
16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened by his Spirit with might unto the inward man,
17That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts; that being rooted and founded in charity,

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