Principle for Bible Reading
Jesus bought us with his death and then sealed us with his Spirit. In this lab, John Piper unfolds the glory of the Trinity in our salvation and the role of the Spirit in showing that we belong to Jesus.
If the Spirit Lives in You (00:45–03:28)
- To be in the flesh is to be in the sway and control of the flesh.
- To be in the Spirit is to be in the sway and control of the Spirit.
- The way we come under the sway of the Spirit is that the Spirit comes and lives in us (“if the Spirit dwells in you”).
- If the Spirit lives in you, you are freed from the flesh and all its consequences.
Belonging to Jesus (03:28–07:03)
Paul shifts from “the Spirit of God” to “the Spirit on Christ,” because he wants to highlight what it means to belong to Jesus.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)
- You have the Spirit of God or you do not. (Romans 8:9)
- If you do not have the Spirit of God, you do not have the Spirit of Christ (because it is the same Spirit).
- And if you do not have the Spirit of Christ, you do not belong to him.
- Therefore, the indwelling Spirit is the seal of belonging to Christ (Romans 8:9), and that belonging was owing to a purchase (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).
- And this is confirmed in Romans 8:1–4, where Jesus dies in my place in order that I might walk according to the Spirit. The presence of the Spirit in my life was bought on the cross.
- We belong to Christ because we have been purchased by his death.
- Therefore, we have the Spirit of God — which is the Spirit of Christ — living in us.
- Therefore, we are under the sway of the life-giving and sanctifying Spirit and walk according to the Spirit.
- Explain the “if” clause in the first half of Romans 8:9 in your own words. If what, then what?
- Read 1 Corinthians 6:19–20. How does that help you understand what it means to belong to Jesus? Do you see any connections with what we have studied in Romans 8 so far?
- Why might Paul shift from “the Spirit of God” to “the Spirit of Christ” within the same verse?
Piper: “The presence of God’s Spirit in my life was bought by the blood of Jesus.”
‘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.