If the Spirit of Him who Raised Jesus…

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Rom 8:11

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead,…. These words are not to be understood as they are by some, of the continued work of sanctification in the heart by the Spirit of God; for regeneration, and not sanctification, is signified by quickening, which quickening occurs when the Spirit of God first takes up his dwelling in the soul; besides, the apostle had spoke of the life of the spirit or soul before; and they are mortal bodies, and not its mortal souls, which are said to be quickened, for these cannot mean the body of sin, or the remains of corruption, as they are said to be, and which are never quickened, nor never can be. To understand the words in such a sense, is not so agreeable to the resurrection of Christ here mentioned; whereas Christ’s resurrection is often used as an argument of ours, which is designed here, where the apostle argues from the one to the other. The Spirit dwells in the saints as his temples: the Spirit that dwells in them is, “the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead”; by whom is meant God the Father, to whom the resurrection of Christ from the dead is here and elsewhere ascribed. This “periphrasis” of him is used, to express the power, justice, and grace of God in the resurrection of his Son; to show that the Spirit of God was concerned in it; and the greatness of the person of the Spirit that dwells in the saints; and what reason they have to believe the sanctification of their souls, and the redemption of their bodies, since such a divine Spirit dwells in them; wherefore, he that raised up Christ from the dead, which is the Father, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you; not the souls of the saints, for these die not: but their “bodies”, called “mortal”, because appointed to death, are under the sentence of it, and in which it already works; “your” bodies and not others; mortal ones, and not airy, celestial, immortal ones; the very same they carry about with them here, and in which the Spirit of God had dwelt. These shall be quickened. The Jews frequently express the resurrection by תחיית המתים, “the quickening of the dead” some distinguish (y) between תקומה “the resurrection” of the dead, which is common to the wicked, and תחיית, “the quickening” of them, peculiar to the righteous: though, it is observed, this distinction does not always hold: however, this act of quickening seems here designed to express the peculiar blessing, of the saints; for though the wicked shall be raised from the dead, yet they will not rise with the saints, nor by virtue of union to Christ, nor to an eternal life of joy and happiness; in this sense the saints only will be quickened, “by the Spirit”; not as an instrument, but as a coefficient cause with the Father and Son: or “because of the Spirit that dwelleth in you”, the bodies of the saints are the temples of the Holy Ghost, they are sanctified by him, where he continues to dwell by virtue of union to Christ, and in consequence of it will quicken them at the last day; so the Jews say, that the Holy Ghost brings to the resurrection of the dead (z).1

“There is a life reserved too for the poor body at last: He shall also quicken your mortal bodies, Rom_8:11. The Lord is for the body; and though at death it is cast aside as a despised broken vessel, a vessel in which is no pleasure, yet God will have a desire to the work of his hands (Job_14:15), will remember his covenant with the dust, and will not lose a grain of it; but the body shall be reunited to the soul, and clothed with a glory agreeable to it. Vile bodies shall be newly fashioned, Phi_3:21; 1Co_15:42. Two great assurances of the resurrection of the body are mentioned: – (1.) The resurrection of Christ: He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken. Christ rose as the head, and first-fruits, and forerunner of all the saints, 1Co_15:20. The body of Christ lay in the grave, under the sin of all the elect imputed, and broke through it. O grave, then, where is thy victory? It is in the virtue of Christ’s resurrection that we shall rise. (2.) The indwelling of the Spirit. The same Spirit that raiseth the soul now will raise the body shortly: By his Spirit that dwelleth in you. The bodies of the saints are the temples of the Holy Ghost, 1Co_3:16; 1Co_6:19. Now, though these temples may be suffered for awhile to lie in ruins, yet they shall be rebuilt. The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, shall be repaired, whatever great mountains may be in the way. The Spirit, breathing upon dead and dry bones, will make them live, and the saints even in their flesh shall see God. Hence the apostle by the way infers how much it is our duty to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, Rom_8:12, Rom_8:13.” 2

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(y) Vid. Buxtorf. Lexic. Rabbinic. p. 745, 746. (z) Misn. Sota, c. 9. sect. 15.
Quickening of the Church
By the Father
Psa_71:20; Psa_80:18; Rom_4:17; Rom_8:11; Eph_2:1; 1Ti_6:13
By the Son
Joh_5:21; 1Co_15:45
By the Holy Spirit
Joh_6:63; Rom_8:11; 2Co_3:6; 1Pe_3:18
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1/ John Gill
2/ Matthew henry

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Finding the Rare Jewel


Finding The Rare Jewel
A Series of Short Notes
The True Riches of Contentment
Contentment Note #2
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“A poor man or woman who has but a little with grace, lives a more contented life than his rich neighbor who has a great income; we find it so ordinarily though they have but little, yet they have a secret blessing of God with it, which they cannot express to anyone else.”_Jeremiah Burroughs

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Herein is a great truth that the unbelieving man or woman does not understand. That God’s people who are rich in Christ have the greatest riches, more than any other man or woman, because we have the royal riches of Christ’s kingdom here on earth and the eternal riches of heaven to come. We know that we are pilgrims on the earth and that it is temporary and that the “goods and riches of this world” are but for a moment and can never truly satisfy our souls. The “true riches” of Christ and His gift of salvation and its fruit of love, joy, peace, and His eternal rest truly satisfies the believer’s soul and life. There is no greater contentment and no greater riches.

Why Seek Worldly Riches?

The Lord has said in His Word, what would it profit a man if he gained the whole world and lost his own soul? [Mark 8:36] It would only profit him an eternity in hell. Thus those that are outside of Christ, seeking the riches, power, prosperity and gold of this world, without Christ, can never truly be contented and happy. Each day they must worry about tomorrow and whether it will all be lost and then they will have “nothing.” As a woman cried after a great disaster of fire burning down her house, “I have nothing, my whole life was in that house, my life is over, everything of value to my life was in that house.” Thus, she was despondent and ready to die too because her life and happiness was totally caught up in the things she possessed. How pitiful, how sad, how lost, but how different it is for us. We may be poor or rich, failures or successful, own little or own much, lose all or gain all, but our lives are not trusting in uncertain riches and things that “rust or corrupt, or where thieves break through and steal,” [Mat 6:19] but in the true riches, the Lord Jesus Christ.

King David saw this truth in Psalm 73:3-20:

For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh; so,O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.”

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A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.” Psalm 37:16

So then my friends, those who are “in Christ” are the truly rich, blessed and contented and the little of this life is nothing to be compared to the glory we have in Him now by grace and throughout eternity. Thanks be to God for all of His gifts!

Generous God, how blessed and wealthy are those whose hope and trust is in Thee! You are our God, our Sovereign King, and we bow before you in thanksgiving and humility for the great gift of eternal life that You have given to us. We are heirs of Your Kingdom and wear the royal robes of Your righteousness. Grace us with contentment in You alone and we shall be rich indeed. Bless you for unfailing love and grace. We are Your adoring servants, in Jesus Name, Amen.”1/

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1/Short Notes, Excerpts from TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen Bible-Book Study “The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”, “Summary Comments” ©2011-2018 All Rights Reserved
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God’s Aseity

There is nothing more important for Christians to learn than the attributes of God. Without reading, studying and understanding them one can become steeped in error, doctrine, and application which affects all in life. The Bible teaches it. It has a name in theology. It is God’s “Aseity” and explains his independence in all things as the Self-Existent GOD. Study it, apply it and your heart, mind and soul will be eased and humbled by it._TheologyGirl

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The Independence or Self-Existence of God
Rev. D. H. Kuiper
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“For as the Father has life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself.” John 5:26

Convinced that there is nothing so precious or blessed as a true knowledge of the living God, and equally convinced that much of the church today knows not God, we continue setting forth the various attributes or virtues of God. Of God’s many virtues, there are some which are reflected in the child of God who has Christ living in him; love, grace, and mercy would be examples of these. There are others which are true of God alone and never become true of the saint at any time. An example of this category of attributes is set forth in the text quoted above. John 5:26 describes very powerfully the virtue of God called His independence or His self-existence. God is independent; the creature is dependent, and that upon God! As we see what these words of Jesus mean we ought to be humbled and filled with reverence, awe, and a spirit of worship.

In the fifth chapter of John, Jesus is engaged in controversy with the fault-finding Jews who refuse to believe on Him. If you would take the time to read this chapter you will discover that the controversy centers about the relationship between “Father” and “Son.” These two words also appear in the text quoted above; we ought to have a clear understanding of whom these words are truly speaking. Since the truth of the Trinity is not at all under discussion here, it is plain that “Father” refers to the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) while the word “Son” stands for Jesus, the Son of God in the flesh, as He walked and talked on the earth. This is the only interpretation that fits those verses where Jesus speaks of God and Himself (see verses 17 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27), and therefore this must also be the meaning in verse 36. Let us keep this in mind: the Triune God in heaven and the man Christ Jesus on earth!

Basic to the Being of God, and one of the fundamentals truths about God that Scripture reveals to us, is that God is completely independent and has no need of anything outside of Himself. Jesus says, “God has life in Himself!” As far as this important matter of life is concerned, we must understand that God has life of and in and through Himself. God does not depend upon any one or any thing outside of Himself for life. Not only does He have life in Himself, but God is life; He is the immortal, living God Who is the Lord of life! Theologians use a term here that means “from-Himnself-ness.” IN all His Being and perfections, God demonstrates “from-Himself-ness.” God is independent as to mind (Romans 11:34), as to will (Ephesians 1:11), as to love (Hosea 14), and as to power (Psalm 115:3).

There is something else to remember here: God is so independent and without need of any thing outside of Himself that nothing can ever add any thing to God. Creation does not add anything to God.
Creation reveals the wonderful glory of God, but it does not add to it. He is independent in glory; in Himself He is all-glorious. The salvation of the Church as a whole, and each member of the Church in particular, does not add to God’s great glory! Oh, salvation reveals the wonders of His grace and glory, but
salvation cannot increase it! From eternity to eternity God has all glory! Still more, the Lord Jesus Christ in His incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension, did not add any thing to God either! All the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Christ bodily! That Christ revealed the glory of God to us is wonderfully and forever true! But in so doing He did not add anything to God. How could He? God is unchangeable. Before creation He is the God of all glory, as well as after creation, and He is that to all eternity, of Himself! God is the God of life Who sustains all, but Who is Himself independent of all. He gives to all, but He is enriched by none. We suggest you read Isaiah 40:12-17 carefully at this point. In the light of these exclamations of the prophet, do you think that the sacrifices of bullocks, sheep, and goats by the Israelites in the temple added any thing to God? Did God need those things, was He enriched by them? And what of our service of God on the Sabbath Day in His house, as well as from day to day? Does God need us to be happy, to be complete. to be glorious in perfections and praises? Not at all! God could have gone from eternity to eternity, supremely blessed and glorious in Himself, without decreeing Christ, the Church, creation or any thing. Because, you see, God lives a perfect life within Himself as the Triune, covenant God; He lives, speaks, loves, delights, within Himself as the all sufficient, independent, Triune God!

There are certain names of God which reveal His independence most vividly, names which only God has and which the creature could never, never bear. We have in mind “the Almighty One”, “the
Highest One”, “the Lord of Hosts.” Each of these names reveals that God is above all else, and is not dependent in any way upon any thing outside His Being. But undoubtedly the name of God that reveals the greatness, glory, and independence of God most clearly of all is the name JEHOVAH (I AM or I AM THAT I AM). When God says of Himself, in fact names Himself, I AM, He very truthfully and confidently asserts that He rests for Being upon no one but Himself, exists before all things, and all things exist through Him. When God says, “I AM”, He confidently asserts that He has need of nothing, but by and through and of Himself, IS! It is true, the name JEHOVAH has tremendous significance for our election, redemption, preservation, trust in God’s promises, for all the life of the covenant of grace. But we must understand that God reveals himself as He does in all our salvation exactly as He is in Himself, so that first He is JEHOVAH in Himself and then He is JEHOVAH in all our salvation!

We ought to be struck, now, by the fact that we creatures differ radically from God on this matter of being. God is independent; we are always dependent, and our dependence is upon Him. Oh, we can be so proud! We can live sometimes as if we had no need of God, as if we were the captains of our futures and the masters of our own destinies, as if we have things pretty much in control. We can behave ourselves sometimes as that rich and foolish man in the parable of Luke 12 who said, “Soul, thou hast much goods
laid up for many year; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry.” In our self-sufficiency we think that we can take care of ourselves. We make our plans sometimes without a thought of God, and without saying, “If the Lord wills and we live.”

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