The Spirit in You Is Life

Romans 8:10–11

Principle for Bible Reading

Even though we’ve been saved by Jesus, we all still die. What does it mean for us that the Spirit lives in us? What does it mean for our fight against sin, our relationship to Jesus, and our death?

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Introduction/Prayer (00:00–00:34)

Life and Death for the Believer (00:34–06:31)

  1. If the Spirit is in you, Christ himself is in you. (Romans 8:10, cf. John 14:16–18)
  2. Your body will still die because of sin. We have been saved from sin, but the effects of sin still inflict us. (Romans 8:10)
  3. But the Spirit lives in you now because of the righteousness of Christ. (Romans 8:10, cf. 8:1–4)

Effects of the Spirit (06:31–08:34)

  1. The Spirit in you gives you victory over sin. (Romans 8:9)
  2. If the Spirit is in you, you belong to Jesus. (Romans 8:9)
  3. The Spirit in you will raise you from the dead. (Romans 8:11)

Study Questions

  1. Based on Romans 8:10, how do those who are in Jesus experience life and death?
  2. Whose righteousness is Paul referring to at the end of Romans 8:10? How do you know?
  3. From Romans 8:9–11, sum up three benefits of having God’s Spirit living in us.
Piper: “Our sins are forgiven completely, but the effects of sin will still afflict and even kill us.”

‘The Greatest Chapter’ Series

This lab is part of a series through Romans 8. Taking a verse or two at a time, John Piper unfolds the other-worldly realities in these thirty-nine verses, all along pointing out general, practical principles for understanding and applying the Bible’s meaning. Visit ‘The Greatest Chapter’ series page to see all the labs in this series.