Quickened by the Spirit

Read Romans 8:9-11
 “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” (v. 11).
Have you met believers who routinely say something like “Sometimes I am not in the Spirit but in the flesh”? That has always puzzled me. I don’t understand how, in light of today’s scripture, a believer can be “in the Spirit” one moment and “not in the Spirit” another moment.
When Christ comes into our lives, the Spirit of God makes that same body alive to righteousness. The “quickening” makes us aware and sensitive to sin. It empowers and enables a believer to live the life of righteousness. Sin no longer controls our lives when the Holy Spirit is dwelling within us. Just as only God can bring about physical life in a woman’s womb, only God the Holy Spirit can give our earthly bodies the power to live a life of righteousness. (LeeAnn Davison)
Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down every idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.
— Author Unknown
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Lesson Highlight: "quickened"

"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses." (Colossians 2:13)
In "Word Focus" William Sillings writes,

Colossians 2:13 says two things about our sins. One, being dead (nekrous ontas) uses the present participle “being” to describe our deadness as a continual state of existence. We not only died by sinning once, but we were in a state of deadness brought on by continual sinning and by the nature of sin in our lives. The second thing Paul said is that he quickened [us] together with him. Quickened (sunezoopoiesen — aorist active indicative) means “He made us alive together with Him.” We were dead, but now we are alive.

Discussion: What is the significance of being "made ... alive together with Him"?
Source: Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 10.

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