The Quickening of our Bodies

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you (Romans 8:11, KJV)

The Holy Spirit is the Life-Giver. He imparts life. The King James Version of the Bible uses the word “quicken” to describe the process by which the Spirit imparts life to a dead person or thing. The Apostle Paul says if the Holy Spirit dwells in us, which indeed is the case, then that same Spirit who quickened Jesus will also quicken our mortal bodies. This is mind-blowing!

Let me put this in context for you. First, you should notice that he is referring to our mortal bodies, meaning this present body that we have. He is not talking about the body we will have at the resurrection, that is, the spiritual body. Also, you have to understand all that God calls life in this context. Only  dead things or people need quickening. If the Spirit is giving life to our bodies, it means our bodies are dead; otherwise there is no reason to give life to it. That immediately tells you that he is not merely referring to physical death of the body. He is talking about the quality of life or state of existence of the body.

Disease is death in the body; health is life. Weakness is death; strength is life. Dishonor in the body is death; honor is life. I hope you can get  the sense here. When he says the Spirit will quicken our mortal bodies, it is talking about imparting the qualities of God’s life into the deadness of this mortal body. That includes healing, health, strength, vitality, etc. It lifts up our mortal bodies from the death that reigns on this fallen earth. It is a temporary measure while we are here and now waiting for the resurrection! God has already given us a heavenly prescription for health and healing from heaven!

MEDITATE

What is the meaning of “quickening” or “giving life” to our mortal bodies?

APPLY THE WORD

This is the Word. God has already spoken it. It is our responsibility to make it become a reality in our lives. There is a life-giving Spirit in you quickening your body, revitalizing and strengthening it daily! Make this a reality by revelation and faith!

PRAY

Thank the Lord for the beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit that quickens our mortal bodies. 

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Paul Daigle
Paul Daigle
7 months ago

I was hoping to get some insight on the meaning of the verse “if the same spirit dwells in you he will quicken your mortal body”. I am still undecided on how this verse applies to us.

Paul Daigle
Paul Daigle
7 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Oben

AH great ok! So living in sin is like a “living death” so to speak. I get it. So imparting life to our “death” body or “body of death” as Paul calls it can be infused with Life by his spirit and that can cover, disease, sorrow, pain, sadness…etc. I’m just not 100% clear how this verse exclusively supports all that. When I read it i still end up asking myself: “could this verse be talking about the resurrection of the dead? Thanks!

Paul Daigle
Paul Daigle
7 months ago

Im not sure why but my comment i posted yesterday isn’t posted?

Paul Daigle
Paul Daigle
7 months ago

Could it possibly mean the resurrection of our mortal body (as it did to Christ body) from the grave at his coming?

Paul Daigle
Paul Daigle
7 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Oben

But if it implies the healing of the body it wouldn’t seem to follow that line of reasoning as physical healing isn’t the same as a “quickening of something that was dead. If i need healing it’s for an illness not because my body is dead?

Audrey Ray
Audrey Ray
9 months ago

This is what I thought it meant but I wasn’t sure

Chioma Ezeocha Douglas
Chioma Ezeocha Douglas
9 months ago
Reply to  Audrey Ray

Thanks for this wonderful insight. May the Lord bless you