by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 4 August 21, 2007 Lincolnton, N.C.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
1901 ASV Translation:
13 for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
I. The "Mortification" of the Deeds of the Body.
A. Our Question: How does one "put to death" the "deeds" of the body?
B. Paul's Answer: "By the Spirit".
1. Paul's doctrine is that the Spirit of Jesus dwells in our bodies as the Spirit of resurrection power.
2. Paul's promise is that the "resurrecting Spirit" will give life to our subject-to-death bodies -- apparently meaning that this Spirit will enable our bodies to produce works of righteousness in harmony with the requirements of the Law.
3. Paul's present promise is that if that Spirit is permitted to "kill" the unrighteous deeds of the body, we will experience that Life.
4. But, the monkey is on our backs in that Paul's words were, "...if by the Spirit ye put to death...".