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.
What is our scripture verse saying? Paul is explaining to the Roman believers how they must live to have life after this earthly tabernacle is over. Therefore, to have life after death, then all believers must put to death our fleshly lives and live in the Spirit of Christ. To accomplish this task believer must surrender our lives to the guidance of the Holy Spirit who is God who resides in every believer.
This question comes to mind, why is it important for believers to constantly mortify the deeds of the body? It is because believers are constantly bombarded by Satan's attacks in his efforts to destroy our relationship with God. Therefore, believers must constantly surrender to the Holy Spirit who enables us to deflect all fiery darts of wickedness and continue walking by faith in the Lord.
There is a constant battle between good and evil; the flesh and the spirit; therefore, to live in the Spirit we must put to death the flesh, because the flesh wants to please the eye.
To cherish our new birth we must be led by the Spirit of God (v.14).
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