Whatever believers may be separated from, enough remains. (6) Since the Holy Ghost is, in the same breath, called indiscriminately "the Spirit of God," "the Spirit of Christ," and "Christ" Himself (as an indwelling life in believers), the essential unity and yet Personal distinctness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, m the one adorable Godhead must be believed, as the only consistent explanation of such language ( Romans 8:9-11 ). who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit--The evidence of manuscripts seems to show that this clause formed no part of the original text of this verse, but that the first part of it was early introduced, and the second later, from Romans 8:4 , probably as an explanatory comment, and to make the transition to Romans 8:2 easier. Glorious assurance! Now if any man's heart be void, not of such dispositions, but of the blessed Author of them, "the Spirit of Christ." 39. nor any other creature--rather, "created thing"--any other thing in the whole created universe of God shall be able to separate us, &c.--"All the terms here are to be taken in their most general sense, and need no closer definition. "Those who He foreknew would repent and believe," say Pelagians of every age and every hue. Alas, poor sinners! neither the world above nor the world below - there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. that spared not--"withheld not," "kept not back." 1:21). (The word "also" is often so placed in our version as to obscure the sense; freely give us all things?--all other gifts being not only immeasurably less than this Gift of gifts, but virtually included in it. (10) "The whole universe, with all that it contains, so far as it is good, is the friend and ally of the Christian; and, so far as it is evil, is more than a conquered foe" ( Romans 8:35-39 ) [HODGE]. in hope--or "in hope that.". And if children, then heirs--"heirs also." [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul continues to offer encouragement to Christians on this side of eternity. What do you dread most in life? 24. Romans 8:39 (DBY) (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. (6) "The patience of hope" ( 1 Thessalonians 1:3 ) is the fitting attitude for those who with the joyful consciousness that they are already "saved" ( 2 Timothy 1:9 , Titus 3:5 ), have yet the painful consciousness that they are saved but in part: or, "that being justified by His grace, they are made (in the present state) heirs according to the hope (only) of eternal life," Titus 3:7 ( Romans 8:24 Romans 8:25 ). Because the carnal mind is enmity against God--The desire and pursuit of carnal ends is a state of enmity to God, wholly incompatible with true life and peace in the soul. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit brings a new and Divine life to the soul, though in a feeble state. This encourages our faith and hope; for, as for God, his way, his work, is perfect. How that is accomplished comes now to be shown. (See end of Romans 8:27 ). 36. In general, however, “death” and “life” refer to the two basic states of human existence. again--gendering. The carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself. By Christ we are thus secured. neither strength, neither height, neither deepness, neither any other creature may separate us [shall be able to part us] from the charity of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. and joint-heirs with Christ--as the "First-born among many brethren" ( Romans 8:29 ), and as "Heir of all things" ( Hebrews 1:2 ). "Take now (said the Lord to Abraham) thy son, thine only, whom thou lovest, and . οὔτε ὕψωμα οὔτε βάθος οὔτε τις κτίσις ἑτέρα δυνήσεται ἡμᾶς χωρίσαι ἀπὸ τῆς ἀγάπης τοῦ θεοῦ τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ τῷ κυρίῳ ἡμῶν. Be not (then) as the horse, or as the mule," &c. (2) "The spirit of bondage," to which many Protestants are "all their lifetime subject," and the "doubtsome faith" which the Popish Church systematically inculcates, are both rebuked here, being in direct and painful contrast to that "spirit of adoption," and that witness of the Spirit, along with our own spirit, to the fact of our sonship, which it is here said the children of God, as such, enjoy ( Romans 8:15 Romans 8:16 ). The fact that we suffer, though, does not mean that God is not with us or for us. as spiritual beings too, but evidence is lacking for these as such titles. Verses 26-27 Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them. 10, 11. in that it was weak through the flesh--that is, having to address itself to us through a corrupt nature, too strong to be influenced by mere commands and threatenings. Hence it is called "sitting on the right hand of Power" ( Matthew 26:64 ), and "sitting on the right hand of the Majesty on high" ( Hebrews 1:3 ) [PHILIPPI]. The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for; as a sanctifying Spirit, works and stirs up praying graces; as a comforting Spirit, silences our fears, and helps us over all discouragements. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us--not, "We are so far from being conquered by them, that they do us much good" [HODGE]; for though this be true, the word means simply, "We are pre-eminently conquerors." . "Flesh" and "spirit" are essentially and unchangeably opposed; nor can the carnal mind, as such, be brought into real subjection to the law of God ( Romans 8:5-7 ). Kehillah in Rome 8:39 (OJB) Verses 10-17 If the Spirit be in us, Christ is in us. What strong consolation is here! Romans 8:39 (ESV) And what hast thou left, poor soul, who hast not Christ, but that which thou wouldest gladly part with, and canst not; the condemning guilt of all thy sins! This arises partly from the dimness of our spiritual vision in the present veiled state, while we have to "walk by faith, not by sight" feelings which spring from the fleeting objects of sense that there is in the very best views and affections of our renewed nature; partly also from the necessary imperfection of all human language as a vehicle for expressing the subtle spiritual feelings of the heart. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it--that is, then, patient waiting for it is our fitting attitude. From hence we see how much it is our duty to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Flee to Him as such. The meaning is, that whereas the law was powerless to secure its own fulfilment for the reason given, God took the method now to be described for attaining that end. Believer! Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry. nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12, 13. shall also quicken--rather, "shall quicken even" your mortal bodies by--the true reading appears to be "by reason of." He boldly asks the hard and haunting questions we all grapple with. to the law of God, neither indeed can be--In such a state of mind there neither is nor can be the least subjection to the law of God. Sublime and affecting ideas, for which we are indebted to this passage alone! nor things present, nor things to come--no condition of the present life and none of the unknown possibilities of the life to come. (7) The consciousness of spiritual life in our renewed souls is a glorious assurance of resurrection life in the body also, in virtue of the same quickening Spirit whose inhabitation we already enjoy ( Romans 8:11 ). In other words, "Who shall pronounce" or "hold them guilty?" 20. He predestinated, or before decreed, that they should be conformed to the image of his Son. For the creature--"the creation." for it is not subject--"doth not submit itself." to be carnally minded--literally, "the mind" or "minding of the flesh" (Margin); that is, the pursuit of fleshly ends. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. For, &c.--"For ye received not (at the time of your conversion) the spirit of bondage," that is, "The spirit ye received was not a spirit of bondage." He loves us because we are his in Jesus Christ. We are eternally united with the One who is perfect love. Earlier in Romans 8:31, Paul asked the rhetorical question: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The eloquent fourth-century preacher John Chrysostom pointed out that even those who are against us and oppose God, will, in the end, glorify him: Paul's unshakable trust in God allows him to lay the cards out on the table.
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