Indeed, this verse is speaking of our present mortal (mortal = subject to death) bodies. Our mortal body (which is dead because of sin) is subject to death....meaning we have not died yet but most definitely will.
Our present mortal bodies are dead because of sin….but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
It is through the Spirit that we must deaden sin in order for life to be given to our present mortal (subject to death) bodies though.
We must always sow to the Spirit and not live after the flesh in order to reap that life.
Romans 8:10-13 KJV (10) And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Jesus was dead and is alive now and so His life is to be made manifest in our mortal bodies now by the same Spirit that dwells in us. Jesus is risen. Jesus is alive.
(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. (12)
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after
It is through the Spirit that dwells in us that we must use to mortify (deaden/kill) the deeds of the body so that we may have life (the quickening life of Jesus)in this present mortal body. Sin must not rule over us.
Even if we have the Spirit within us and yet continue to live after the flesh, we shall die as the Spirit of God will not always strive with people who continue to live after the flesh. The wages of (the) sin is death. But our God is patient not willing that any should perish. His patience is our salvation.
(13) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
The same Word (Saying) of God spoken in Genesis 6:3 still applies today as His Spirit will not always strive with man who is also flesh….that is, striving with men who continue to live after the flesh (behaving in envy, strife, wrath, hatred, etc).
If we continue to live after the flesh, we shall die even if we have His Spirit dwelling within us as the Spirit of God will not always strive with those who do. We grieve the Spirit of God that dwells within us when we continue to live after the flesh. If we continue to live after the flesh, we shall die.
Genesis 6:3 KJV (3) And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an
hundred and twenty years.
Genesis 6:5-6 KJV (5) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually. (6) And it repented the LORD that he
had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
The Spirit of God strives within those people who continue to live after flesh as the Spirit and the flesh are contrary to one another. They are opposite to one another and there is a struggle if one continues to live after the flesh and not after the Spirit.
Having His Spirit dwelling within us is no guarantee of life being given to our mortal bodies. We must through His Spirit deaden the deeds of the body so that the Spirit may quicken our present bodies.
Galatians 5:16-26 KJV (16) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth
against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are
contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye
would. (18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the
The works of the flesh are these:
(19) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
heresies, (21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such
like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time
past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
But the fruit of the Spirit are these:
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such
there is no law.
They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh (see the works of the flesh list Galatians 5) with the affections and the lusts. The Spirit of God does not strive with those who (through His Spirit) have deadened the works of the flesh in their mortal bodies.
(24) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk (a continuous activity) in the Spirit. That walk is on the narrow way that leads to life. Those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God. There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (see Romans 8:1).
(25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (26) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying
We are to always bear about in the mortal body the dying of the Lord Jesus (we keep His death by dying to sin always) so that the life of Jesus also might made manifest (shine) in our body. Jesus is alive now so that His life shall be manifest in this present mortal body that we are living in.
2 Corinthians 4:10-11 KJV (10) 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
The life of Jesus shall be made manifest in our mortal (which is subject to death) flesh if we always keep His death in our mortal bodies. Jesus is risen now so that we might have life now in this present body. As He lives now, we shall live also.
(11) For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal
Our old man is crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be destroyed so that we may live with Him. We should NOT then serve sin any longer.
He gives us the power to become the sons of God as we use the Spirit to destroy the body of sin from our lives. The continuous living/walking after the Spirit gives our present mortal body His life which we shall reap in due season if we do not become faint in well doing (sowing after the Spirit).
Romans 6:6-9 KJV (6) Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we
should not serve sin. (7) For he that is dead is freed from sin. (8)
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with
him: (9) Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no
more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Thanks for reading and considering.