Romans 8:11 Meditation


Text (Ro 8:11, NIV):

"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, who lives in you."

Amplified Rendering:

If the Holy Spirit, the Vital Principle who awakened and revitalized Jesus—"Yahweh Who Saves"—from death, is living inside you, this One—this very One who lifted up God’s anointed from death’s grip—will breathe the life of God into both the material and immaterial parts of your personhood. The life you receive will be the Divine wholeness and sustaining vitality of the Father—those vigorous qualities He Self-manifests within Himself continually and continuously.

All this will be accomplished through the Divine work of God's Spirit, who's created within you an oasis (see 1) and beachhead of healing (see 2); explosive, sustaining power (see 3); divinizing and sanctifying presence (see 4); and gentle, loving guidance (see 5).

Even now, as we experience the vitality (see 6) and whole-heartedness of God at work in our members, we still move about hamstrung to a death-doomed body that's still very much subject to corruption, decay, illness, and injury (see 7). But take hope! At the final threshing, the body of death (see 8) you've been yoked to since conception, will be put away and remade once and for all (see 9). The new and glorified body (see 10) we each receive will be an everlasting home of perfect beingness, never again to suffer decay or corruption; the isolations of shame; the sapping deceptions of illusion; the pains of loss; or the castrating sting of death. What a glorious day that will be!

Make it a point to encourage each other with these words as often as you can.

Prayer of Consecration:

Holy Father...

I'm so grateful to have Your Spirit, the One through whom You raised Jesus from the dead, living inside me. I yield to (and enjoy very much) the life His presence within me brings. I thank you for the healing balm He is—physically, mentally, and spiritually. I lean on You, through Him, to revitalize my members and give me the wisdom, energy, and stamina to serve You as Your slave (see 11), friend (see 12), and son (see 13). I take hope, too, in the life to come, when I will be brought to a divinized completion. I love who I am in You, and I love the body you've so graciously given me. May I use it always to the praise of Your honor and glory (see 14).

In the Name of Jesus, I declare and ask these things...

Amen.

Notes:

  1. See 1Co 6:19-20.

  2. Healing of oneself as well as healing to others through oneself (see Ac 10:38 and 4;29-30).

  3. See Ac 1:8.

  4. See Ps 139:5-12, Ga 5:22-23, and 1Th 4:3.

  5. See Is 30:21 and 58:11 and Jn 14:26.

  6. This vitality is experienced in both the physical (material) and non-physical (immaterial) parts of our souls.

  7. See Ge 3:17-18 and 1Co: 15:53.

  8. See Ro 7:24.

  9. See 1Co 15:53.

  10. See Mt 27:52, Jn 20:27, and 1Co 15:20,23, 42, 52, and 53.

  11. See Ro 6:22.

  12. See Jn 15:14.

  13. See Ro 8:15.

  14. See 1Co 6:19-20.

 

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