Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

The Body Is Dead—The Spirit Is Life

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.    Romans 8:10

Notice that the New King James version spells Spirit with the capital “S.” The translators believe this is a reference to the Holy Spirit. Many other versions use the lower case “s” indicating a belief this is a reference to the human spirit.

I see this passage referring to the human spirit, and teaching that the believer’s body carries in it the seeds of death while the believer’s spirit is filled with life—because of  righteousness.

There are two types of righteousness in the New Testament, both the result of grace. Justification—“declared righteousness”—became the believer’s possession at conversion to Christ.

The other righteousness of the believer taught in the New Testament is “realized righteousness.” This is the actual righteousness of God lived out in and through the believer—resulting in “life.” Read Romans 5:21:

… that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Notice the progression to the abundant life—“grace,” “righteousness,” “life.”

Read a confirming statement in Romans 5:17:

… those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

The progression is the same—“grace,” “righteousness,” “life.”

Our death problem caused by Adam’s sin will not be reversed until resurrection day, but day by day we can live in victory in our spirits.

Just live out the five commands for experiencing grace. Righteousness will result. And righteousness produces “LIFE.” This is the abundant life promised by Jesus.