BY: RAY PRINZING
"But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up the Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." (Romans 8:11)
Line upon line the Spirit works into us of His divine purpose and plan, leading us through the transition process, which is accomplished through much travail and inworking of the cross. It is an on-going process, and is leading form death into life, His more abundant life.
"To be carnally minded is death," (Romans 8:6) - that is a state of death, where we are given over to the minding of the flesh, fulfilling its lusts, and reaping its end result of physical death as well. But having received the Seed of His life within, while the outward man perisheth, the inward man is being renewed day by day, growing, and gaining the ascendancy in the control of our mind, so that we "mind the things of the Spirit" which yields life and peace. While in God's time-table we have not yet come to that hour when this mortal shall put on immortality, "therefore physical death still reigns, yet even now there can be an INNER QUICKENING - by reason of His indwelling Spirit so even our dying bodies" can be vivified, strengthened, made alive, to continue day by day, while we wait for the completeness of our change.
If our change comes via the way of the first resurrection, then we read, "these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." (Hebrews 11:13) Until such a time as we also "fall asleep," we need to conduct ourselves as pilgrims and strangers, our very living being our confession that we declare plainly that we seek a county, desiring a better that is, an heavenly. This very expression is a witness that he corruptible things of this world do not satisfy, and we desire to be filled with His fullness form above. The climax of this changing, quickening within, is "that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (1 John 3:2) Praise the Lord!