“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.” (Romans 8:9 NIV)
Christianity does not stop at the cross where Jesus died and paid the price for our sins. After Good Friday was Resurrection Sunday when the Spirit raised Christ. Yet so many of us live with faint trickles and shallow pools of the Spirit, rather than the promised rivers of living water. “On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified” (John 7:37-39, emphasis added).
Everything about the Spirit speaks of powerful currents of life that refresh us and flow out to bless others. But there is an even more extraordinary teaching about the Spirit. Paul wrote, “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 because of his Spirit who lives in you” (Romans 8:11). Imagine, the measuring stick of the power promised to us is the same strength that raised the corpse of Jesus Christ from the dead!
-Jim Cymbala (excerpted from Spirit Rising)
Read Romans 8:1-17.