he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your
mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”
Romans 8:11, NIV
We all can rejoice in the fact that Jesus is raised from the dead. To be honest, without the resurrection we have nothing of great significance to say concerning Christianity. All of what we believe rises and falls on the fact that Jesus was raised from the dead.
The fact that Jesus is not dead but alive becomes very personal. He now lives in the life of every Christian dwelling in our hearts to give us everything we need to live today in such a way that will honor Him. God does not live in temples made with human hands but in human hearts. The fact that He can live in our hearts is a miracle based only on the sacrifice of Jesus and His blood shed at Calvary.
Now, having established that He lives in us, things can really get exciting. “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…” (Romans 8:11) God will give life to your mortal body. This is not life in the hereafter. This is life for the here and now. God in Christ wants us to live in His victory. He tells us in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
God does not give us a list of rules and say, “Live this way and I will be pleased.” He gives us the Spirit to live in our hearts not for the purpose of keeping rules but living an abundant life. Our wonderful Heavenly Father gave us all we need for living for Him today.
QUESTION: Rest in Him today knowing that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Are there things in your life that you see as bigger than God’s strength through you? Confess that and trust Him by faith.