A Sermon on Romans 8:8-11
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
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. (ESV)
Will a Christian’s mortal body be raised from the dead when Christ returns? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that it will based on Paul’s teaching in Romans 8:8-11. The Doctor says that Paul is painting a picture of the Christian in today’s world by showing us what the future will look like. While a Christian is still in this world, their body remains dead because of sin, but it will be raised from the dead when Christ returns! The two phases of the Spirit dwelling within us point to our physical bodies and they are temples of the Holy Ghost. Just as Christ was filled with the Spirit, so is a Christian and He serves as our seal and assurance that our bodies will be resurrected. We can be certain of this because Christ will always finish His work in our lives. Christ will redeem us and our mortal bodies from the fall and anyone who says otherwise is denying scripture. We can look with great anticipation to the day that our mortal bodies will be free from disease and decay, worthy of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.