Live Unto Christ
This natural body is a dying body, subject to afflictions, diseases, infirmities, and eventually DEATH! But if the Spirit of God dwells in us (by grace through faith), death is not the end; for He that raised Christ from the dead shall also, in His appointed time, raise our bodies from the grave (1st Corinthians 15:12-22; 1st Corinthians 15:42-44). This body shall not always be in corruption and ruin but shall be raised in the image of Christ (1st John 3:1-3).
Therefore, since our primary interest is not the flesh, materialism, and things of the world, but the kingdom of God and His righteousness – since to be fleshly minded is a sign of absence of the Spirit of Christ, and since our flesh and all pertaining thereunto shall die and we shall be raised in His likeness – we are not obligated to live for the flesh and this world, but to live unto Christ, who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Men and women who are freed from condemnation and death are not freed from obedience to Christ – nor do they want to be! To whom much is given and forgiven, he will love much. We are motivated to holiness by His love for us and our love for Him (2nd Corinthians 5:14-15).
Henry Mahan – 1986