10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 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 because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

Romans 8: 10,11

Devotional Thoughts

You’ll notice that today’s selection is another doozy; it’s long and wandering, and it will be a challenge to memorize. It’s also a little bit of a doozy because the meaning isn’t extremely clear. Our bodies are subject to death, but the Spirit also gives life. . .because of righteousness? Whose righteousness? And then I presume that verse 11 means something like the following: the Spirit that is within you (if you follow Christ) is of the same God that raised Jesus from the dead. And that very same God will raise you from the dead as well.

Hey look, that’s exceedingly wonderful, and we shouldn’t lose sight of this marvelous truth, but it’s also a little bit on the confusing side of things. God will raise us from the dead. Did you catch that? It’s in the future tense. Assuming the tense wasn’t mistransferred from the Greek, that means we are still waiting on God to raise us from the dead. So even though we’ve been given a new life in the Spirit, we are still waiting on God to raise us from the dead. And I think that is exactly right.

This is the first time we dip our toes into the “already, but not yet” paradigm. And then once we’re done dipping our toes, we run away temporarily confused, because, as it turns out, the water is both impossibly cold and boiling hot.

Christ has already accomplished our salvation on the cross. That’s a done deal if we believe in our hearts that Jesus rose from the dead and if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. He gave us his Spirit after his crucifixion and resurrection as well. So, we already enjoy the benefits of being literal children of God. Jesus swapped himself out for us. He is the son of God. Therefore, we too become children of God. Already. That has been accomplished.

So then what are we waiting on? We’re waiting on this old sinful world to pass away and take our old sinful bodies with it. We’re waiting to receive our new, fully-resurrected bodies.

Memory Technique

I’ll get right to the point. Today I am having a self-reflective dialogue and an adventure with a fantasy character named HRFD (pronounced “Her-fud”).

10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 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 because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

“But can your body do stuff? Sure, Levi. Because of Ramen. And if the Spirit of HRFD is in you, HRFD will limit your megabytes, because he likes you.” = Romans 8: 10, 11.

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