10 And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.
Romans 8:10 (NLT)
Welcome to the series of Romans 8. In this article, we shall study the benefits of being Christians. Only Christians have God living in them. The above verse tells us that even though our bodies will die because of sin, the Spirit gives us life because we have been made right with God. Let us study the verse in detail.
It begins with “And Christ lives within you”. This means the verse is meant for Christians only. It follows by saying that even though your body will die because of sin. Please note the term “even though” here. It is not guaranteed. God is not promising us that he will make sure our bodies will die because of sin. Death is cause by sin, not God. This is a natural law. No matter how well we take care and preserve our bodies, they will get weaker as time passes. This is how the nature works. If we limit ourselves to the nature, we are all going to die.
Thank God, this is not our destiny. The subsequent part of this verse tells us that the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. It tells us that we have been made right with God. Please note that there were no other conditions involved in being made right with God. All Christians have been made right with God regardless of their actions. Our righteousness is through faith and not works. As a result of that, the Spirit gives us life.
What life? It must be the life that overcomes the death to our bodies because of sin. This means we do not have to die. The sting of death is gone. Some people think eternal life begins after we die. There was even a religious guy here who told me that eternal life is not long life. Trust a religious person to write his own dictionary. They are wrong. According to Romans 8:10, our eternal lives began the moment we became Christians. If you are a Christian, you are living eternal life now. You will never die, as surely as the Word of God is true.
The other meaning of “life” in the above verse refers to the quality of it. It is not just about our hearts pumping for a long time. God wants us to have quality lives. After all, there is not use to live long in poverty and sickness. God’s wish above all things for us is to prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. God wants to bless us to become blessings to others.
In other words, as Christians we are not meant to just survive. We are called to thrive and overcome the limitations of the environment around us. We are called to be exceedingly rich in every area of our lives. Success and prosperity is ours for the taking. This is the life God wants us to have.