But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Romans 8:9 KJV)
God desires that Man be in the Spirit as He is in the Spirit. Being in the Spirit is the terrain designed and desired for the interaction of God and Man. Being in the Spirit, is the necessary interface for God and Man to connect. This is an important note and notice for the consummation of God/Man relationship. In fact the Bible reiterates, “…they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8 KJV) inferring that Man cannot connect, interact, intercept or interest God in the flesh.
Note how the Bible classifies Man when it says, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit…” It is keen to see here that Man in capable of being in the flesh or in the Spirit. It is this feature or capability that defines who among Men can interact with God and who cannot. This is crucial for our learning and notice.
To be in the flesh is to have one’s mind controlled or directed by the controlling influence of the carnal (sensual) nature. This lifestyle or nature is void of God. It is to be without or outside the controlling influence of the Spirit of God and the feature of such a life style is clearly marked by the Bible when it says, “…those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. (Romans 8:5 AMP)
The clear allegiance of being in the Flesh is to gratify, satisfy, or please the body (one’s self) but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. The Spirit (here) is the Spirit of God who knows and dictates the will of God to everyone who will yield to His promptings, directive and guidance.
Now this lifestyle (being in the flesh) falls far short of the plan, purpose and pleasure of God. It is also very constrictive and limiting. It is actively opposed and hostile to God and His leadings. It cannot please God…the Bible says. Now this is not the lifestyle anyone who knows or loves God may choose but this is in effect a choice. When one lives in the flesh, he led and controlled by the stimulation of carnal or sensual promptings rather than the guidance and directive of God’s Holy Spirit.
The Bible further describes being in the Spirit… if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yes! We have the capability of being led, controlled and guided by the Spirit of God …if so be that the Spirit of God dwells in us. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit provides the needed apparatus to be led and controlled by God; to know and do His will. This capability makes one walk as god in human clothes.
It must be noted, the port (here) is not to deny our being Humans but rather being controlled by the Spirit of God as Humans. The natural outcome of this is being naturally supernatural as we function or operate on the Earth. This is God’s lofty plan for you and I to walk and work in the strength of His Spirit on the Earth. It is a lifestyle that is outside plain or natural terrain capable of doing what carnal men are incapable of doing achieving supernatural feats. Welcome to Spirit controlled lifestyle.
But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature]. (1 Cor. 2:15 AMP)
God wants His children to the spiritually minded. God wants us to be conscious of the elevated and domineering spiritual influence that commands and direct all we see and know. We must be cognizant of the reality of spirituality. Spirituality is essentially a composition of unseen (invisible) realities; a system or realm organized and dominated by un-bodies beings; i.e. beings that have forms but no natural bodies.
The existence of this realm should not frightened us neither should it exonerate our active involvement rather our cognitive participation in it is required to grant us active command and control of events and activities that pertain to us. The Bible says; “For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood].” (2 Cor.10:3 AMP) clearly highlighting Man’s involvement in the physical and spiritual realm. We cannot to be content to walk as mortal men alone, that is being natural and not spiritual.
A notable and pertinent reason why we must be spiritual is because God is a Spirit and we cannot interact with or worship Him without being spiritual. Jesus said it thus; “God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24 AMP) Notice, the scripture says, God is invisible (not non-existent); it is the erroneous interchange of invisibility with non-existence that has implicated the reality of God’s existence by the natural man. Man was not designed to leave by sight alone rather Man’s total experience is to both participate in the natural and spiritual realm of our existence. When one fails to be spiritually active, such a person is reckoned to be living after the Flesh (naturally) and as such is spiritually dead. This was what happened to Adam, the first Man according to the Bible; disobeyed God and so died. He became spiritually irresponsive and so could not control or direct the spiritual influence around him. He became carnal (natural) and subject to the invisible realm that began to govern him.
God intended and designed our spirituality to grant us permit to interact with Him and power to command and control the events that pertain to us. It is the Holy Spirit of God indwelling a Man that grants the necessary apparatus to interact spiritually. He (Holy Spirit) absorbs and overrides the carnal nature and allows one to fellowship with God as intended. The presence of the Holy Spirit makes the life in the Spirit (Spiritual life) possible. The Bible says “However, you are not [living] in the flesh [controlled by the sinful nature] but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives in you [directing and guiding you]. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God]. (Rom 8:9 AMP)