Quickening of the body by the Spirit

In part two of this theme, I talked about the quickening of the Spirit. The first man that was created in Gen 1: 27 was in the spirit. God formed the body of that man from the dust Gen 2: 7. God then breathed the man created in Gen 1: 27 into the man lying down in Gen 2 and that man became a living soul. The spirit quickened him.

When the man sinned in Gen 3, that spirit died. In order to have a restored relationship with God, that spirit of man must be quickened. The way it is done is when a man partake by eating the body and drink His blood, then he becomes born again and the Holy Spirit quickens him by imparting eternal life; thus making him a new creation, Jn 5: 53-56, 2Cor 5: 17-21, Eph 2:5, Col 2:13. 

These are the two ways the spirit of man quickened man at the beginning and the Spirit of christ quickens man in order to become a new creation.

when a man becomes born again that is a new creation, the Spirit of God comes to dwell in him. 1Cor 6: 17, Rom 8: 9 One of the reasons why we have the Holy Spirit is to seal us and be earnest deposit.

Presence of indwelling Holy Spirit.

Eph 1:13-14 KJV 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2Cor 1:22 KJV Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

2Cor 5:5 KJV Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

The word “earnest” in Greek is “arrhabon” It means according to Thayer is money which in purchases is given as a pledge or down-payment that the full amount will subsequently be paid.

The Strong’s exhaustive concordance says it is: a pledge, that is, part of the purchase money or property given in advance as security for the rest.

The Holy Spirit is the down payment that the Lord Jesus is coming back for the purchased possession. Our body is paid for but it is not redeemed yet.

Eph 4:30 KJV And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Rom 8:23 KJV And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

The second reason why believers have the Holy Spirit is because it is the Spirit that will quicken the body of the believer for resurrection. So God has already put in us what will help our body to translate and be changed. 

1Th 4:16-17 KJV 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1Cor 15:52 KJV In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Pending the time of translation and resurrection of the body, the body that is dead Rom 8:10 will still be needed right here on earth. What will keep the body of believers functioning? It is the Spirit and that brings us to the second reason why we have the Spirit dwelling in us. The body is dead because of sin; tht is the original sin of Adam and the subsequent pronouncement of “dust art thou and thou shall return to the dust”

Quickening of the body

Rom 8:11 KJV 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.

What this place is talking about alongside the preceding verses is on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believers. the union of the Holy Spirit with the human spirit.  

By comparison, Paul said the Holy Spirit dwells in the body of Jesus, and God raised Jesus from the dead by the Holy Spirit. He said that the same Spirit is the Spirit that was in Jesus while on earth and God shall raise the believer up by the same Spirit that resides in them.

Even though the general consensus is that believers will be raised when Christ shall come, this place is very interesting. The word they used for “mortal” is “thnetos” meaning liable to die or liable to death, mortal.

So technically speaking, it is not talking about the dead but dying bodies. The emphatic word” the bodies.

Rom 8:11 YLT and if the Spirit of Him who did raise up Jesus out of the dead doth dwell in you, He who did raise up the Christ out of the dead shall quicken also your dying bodies, through His Spirit dwelling in you.

The word “dying” is a verb and present participle of die. It means: Approaching death; about to die;

Here is the explanation and gives us the fourth reason why the Spirit indwells believers

Only a spirit with a physical body can operate on earth. Every disembodied spirit is illegal. That is why the devil tries to enter the human body before they can operate and in the Gospel, Jesus was casting them out and he gave us the same mandate. Mk 16: 16-20

The Holy Spirit who is the Governor of the earth now needs the body in order to operate on earth so He dwells in the body of the believers. The word “dwells” is “memo” and it talks about permanency or permanent residency.


The glorious ultimatum assured in this inspiring promise is the transfiguration of the body, which may take place either in the translation of the saints when the Lord comes to take up His Bride, or in the resurrection of the dead saints. 

Our glorious Redeemer has provided these two methods, through either of which it is possible to enter the glorified state. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom. There must be a change by death from the natural body to the spiritual body 1Cor 15:50

While the final and perfect restitution of these bodies will take place in glorification, either by translation or resurrection, yet our blessed Savior, in His condescending mercy, gives us many pre libations of this coming glorification, to comfort, revive and reinvigorate us for the labors of this life.

So whatever we are facing now in our bodies; sickness, pain, weakness, etc. One day we shall be free from them because we shall have a glorified body that won’t experience such.

The healing power

Hence this wonderful promise not only reaches forward to final glorification when this mortal shall put on immortality, but it includes the healing mercy of the Great Physician, administered ever and anon in the recuperation of these feeble, faltering tenements, and the alleviation of our diseases indiscriminately

While you live in a house, there is at least a probability that you will repair the breaches accruing from natural dilapidation or the sudden violence of storms, thus keeping your tenement in comfortable repair. 

Hence it is at least a tenable conclusion that the Holy Ghost will keep His house, this body renovated and repaired while He occupies it. 

He has long been the blessed Healer of my body, wonderfully keeping in repair this frail tenement. 

Just as your house reaches a period when it is not worth repairing, and, consequently, you no longer restore the breaches; but in that case you soon evacuate it for a new edifice which you have built; so, when the Holy Ghost ceases to heal my body, I will begin to shout louder than ever, concluding that the house is no longer worth repairing, and will soon be evacuated for the occupancy of the “house not made with hands, but eternal and in the heavens” (2Co 5:1).

2Cor 5:1-4 KJV 1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Rom 8:23 KJV And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

If you are staying in a place, it behooves you to take care of that property, repairs when it needs repairs as a result of constant usage, or aging. That will make your stay comfortable. This is exactly what the Holy Spirit does as he dwells in the body of the believers by quickening the body. The word quickening also means to renovate, rejuvenate and revitalize. Its meaning included to impart life by healing the body on a regular basis.

You know when you carry renovation upon renovation, you the owner will one day say let me move to another place, this one is old. This is when the Holy Spirit transits us into a new body that is immortal and durable. This will be taking place on the last day.

1Cor 15:53-54 KJV 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.


While we wait for our new house, the Holy Spirit is the resurrected power that produces healing for us in order to keep this body going. The fact is that healing power is deposited inside every believer to vitalize our bodies Ephe 1: 19-20.

All we need to do is take advantage of it. The healing anointing in us will flow to where the sickness or disease or trouble is and destroy it. The reason is the Holy Spirit needs your body to continue to function. When your body is healthy, you will deploy it to the cause of the Gospel. The sad thing is many don’t know what they have and what can be done.

The quickening does not automatically take place but you have to place a demand on it. The things of God do not automatically come to pass. You can do it by yourself or another person has to put his jumper cable on yours to activate your receptors.

You have the very same Spirit which Christ has: therefore at length he will do the same in you, that he did in Christ

The Holy Spirit quicken your mortal bodies; make them alive to God’s service in the present life, so that from being “instruments of unrighteousness,” they become “instruments of righteousness unto God;” and in the life to come, raise them up spiritual and immortal, to be united with the soul, that thus the whole man may be for ever with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:42-58; Philippians 3:20-21 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

There is a natural healing power placed inside every person and that is why if you cut yourself with razor, it heals by itself without applying medication. but for a believer we have an added advantage.

2Cor 4:10 KJV Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.


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