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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

More than anything in this text, notice the statements that are in the 2nd person:

But you are not in the flesh;
you are in the Spirit,
since the Spirit of God dwells in you.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

These declarations provide the lens for understanding the characteristics of those who are in the flesh and those who are in the spirit. Remember as you read—for example, "for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh"—that you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit. Remember that the Spirit of God dwells in you as you read, "The mind that is set on flesh is hostile to God."

Hear this good news anew: "But if Christ is in you [and he is], though 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 [and he does], he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you."

Thank you, O God, for these promises. Help us acknowledge the gift of your indwelling in our lives. Teach us to live according to the Spirit, to set our minds on the things of the Spirit that we might have life and peace. Amen.

Shauna Hannan
Associate Professor of Preaching, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.
Master of Divinity , 1998

Romans 8:1-11 (NRSV)

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
4 so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law--indeed it cannot,
8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

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