Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #28
Posted: January 5, 2005

A Study of Positional Truths

Our hearts are turned again in our study of Positional Truth to the little phrase In You.  The hub verse of our study, Romans 8:5-13, is found in verse 11 which says, “But if the spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His spirit that dwelleth in you.”  In Romans chapters 1-7 the word ‘spirit’ is mentioned one time.  But in chapter 8 He is mentioned 20 times.  This is truly the Spirit Filled chapter.

In our text Paul supposes a thought, “If the spirit of Christ dwell in you”.  The word ‘dwell’ means to be at home in us.  Our text also compares the carnal with the spiritual in verse 6 which says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”  Andrew Murray said, we are all carnal Christians when we are first saved.  This means that we are controlled by the feelings of our five senses.  Andrew Murray also said that very few Christians move from carnal to spirit-filled Christians.  O, how I want to make the move because to be carnal is to breed death. (Verse 6) To be carnally minded is to be at war with God and in a state of no ability to submit to the higher laws of God. (Verse 7) A carnal Christian cannot please God, because he lives in the flesh. (Verse 8) 

Let me warn us, that it is extremely hard to tell a carnal Christian from an unbeliever.  There will be little if any reason for a believer to have assurance of heaven if he lives a carnal life. 

How is one who is a believer to find the Holy Spirit dwelling at home in him?  How is he to find the Spirit filling and flowing in fullness through his life?  There are three great truths in our text that assure Spirit-filling and they are: A Power Released (Verse 12), A Position Realized (Verse 10), A Practiced Reckoned (Verse 13).   


In Verse 12 we are told that we are not a debtor to the flesh.  We cannot trust ourselves to help ourselves in spiritual or earthly matters.  The Old Testament prophets said cursed is the man that trusted in the arm of the flesh.  Each time we are prone to trust ourselves, stop and acknowledge the Spirit of God who lives within our redeemed soul.  


In Verse 10, Paul takes for granted that we are saved when he says, “And if Christ dwell in you”.  If you have not the Spirit of Christ you are none of His. (Verse 9) If Christ is in you, you are positionally dead to sin and alive to righteousness.  The old man has been crucified on the cross making sin powerless over a believer. (Romans 6:6) 


We see this ‘reckoning’ in operation from verse 13.  Paul says, if you operate in the flesh you will die.  He then says, if we through the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body we shall live.  It is here when a deed of the body leads to sin, then we must look back and realize our position of being dead to that sin.  We must reckon it to be so and arise to walk in newness of life.  This seems to be too good to be true.  Yes, you are right, it is good and it is true.  Child of God, the next time sin besets you, see yourself crucified with Christ.  Reckon it to be so, and see if sins power will not bow to the indwelling Sprit of God.