wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer's heart is Whom he did predestinate, them he also called. 1. The unrenewed will is unable to keep any commandment fully. 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. He Believer! mistakes; that nothing can occur which ought not to arise. This is the gospel call. You may be removed from pleasant dwellings, and friends, and estates. The carnal man may, by the power of Divine grace, be made subject to the law of God, but the carnal mind never can; that must be broken and driven out. There is an enmity of one creature to another. Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. We have seen that chapters 5–8 have a kind of sandwich structure. The power of corruption being broken in effectual calling, and the guilt of sin removed in justification, nothing can come between that soul and glory. None can take Christ from the believer: none can take the believer from Him; and that is enough. While God is for us, and we keep in his love, we may with holy boldness defy all the powers of darkness. This encourages our faith and hope; for, as for God, his way, his work, is perfect. Proud member At last you must part, for you must die. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. never came there an ill portion from Thy table to any of Thy Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed It is an effectual call, from self and earth to God, and Christ, and heaven, as our end; from sin and vanity to grace and holiness, as our way. What is the principle of their walk; the flesh or the Spirit, the old or the new nature, corruption or grace? 2. Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. (10-17) Their hopeful prospects under tribulations. Men may justify themselves, though the accusations are in full force against them; but if God justifies, that answers all. Let us then, by the Spirit, endeavour more and more to mortify the flesh. (28-31) Their final triumph, through Christ. the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God Then farewell, all this world accounts most valuable. Yea, rather that is risen again. Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The righteousness … By the merit of his death he paid our debt. All rights reserved. And what can a worldly life present, worthy for a moment to be put against this noble prize of our high calling? By Christ we are thus secured. 3. Many speak peace to themselves, to whom God does not speak peace. knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no For which of these do we make provision, by which are we governed? If any habitually live according to corrupt lustings, they will certainly perish in their sins, whatever they profess. Romans 8:35-37. Who shall separate us — By saying τις, who, the apostle personifies the things he is going to mention, namely, affliction, &c.; from the love of Christ — Toward us? Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. And the sons of God have the Spirit to work in them the disposition of children; they have not the spirit of bondage, which the Old Testament church was under, through the darkness of that dispensation. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Though our inner nature is transformed, the body still suffers and tempts us to sin; but even the body is the Lord's and is yet to be changed. By their union with Christ through faith, they are thus secured. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. can say, "If I should lose all I have, it is better that I The apostle speaks as one amazed, and swallowed up in admiration, wondering at the height and depth, and length and breadth, of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. Those that live in pleasure are dead, 1 Timothy 5:6. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The Spirit of adoption was not then plentifully poured out. of Jesus treading the billows, and he hears a voice saying, "It That is good for the saints which does their souls good. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! it rocks most. \\INTRODUCTION TO ROMANS 8\\ As the former chapter shows that sanctified ones are not free from the being of sin in them, which is a ground of general complaint and uneasiness; this chapter shows, that justified ones are freed from the guilt of sin, and secure from punishment for it; and have the utmost The whole human race deserved destruction; but for reasons not perfectly known to us, God determined to recover some by regeneration and the power of his grace. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. All things whatever, in heaven and earth, are not so great a display of God's free love, as the gift of his coequal Son to be the atonement on the cross for the sin of man; and all the rest follows upon union with him, and interest in him. ATTENTIVE LISTENING TO THE TEXT: ROMANS 8 Context and Structure: Romans 8 and Romans 5. 9. But those who are sanctified, have God's Spirit witnessing with their spirits, in and by his speaking peace to the soul. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. Yea, when death comes, that breaks all other unions, even that of the soul and body, it carries the believer's soul into the nearest union with its beloved Lord Jesus, and the full enjoyment of him for ever. 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. But the soul that is in Christ, when other things are pulled away, cleaves to Christ, and these separations pain him not. The righteousness of Christ imputed, secures the soul, the better part, from death. (26,27) Their interest in the love of God. assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it is I, be not afraid." The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not. Thus satisfaction was made to Divine justice, and the way of salvation opened for the sinner. By the Spirit the law of love is written upon the heart, and though the righteousness of the law is not fulfilled by us, yet, blessed be God, it is fulfilled in us; there is that in all true believers, which answers the intention of the law. Whom he justified, them he also glorified. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Having the Spirit of Christ, means having a turn of mind in some degree like the mind that was in Christ Jesus, and is to be shown by a life and conversation suitable to his precepts and example. Commentary on Romans 8:10-17 (Read Romans 8:10-17) If the Spirit be in us, Christ is in us. If the Spirit be in us, Christ is in us. The freedom of believers from condemnation. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern-sheets of the vessel when it rocks most. has worked for good as yet; the poisonous drugs mixed in fit (32-39). Believers have been brought into a state of safety; but their comfort consists rather in hope than in enjoyment. Salem Media Group. And here is the order of the causes of our salvation, a golden chain, one which cannot be broken. Romans 8 concludes the second main section of the body of the letter, ‘Living under grace’. Then do not toss your spirit and perplex your thoughts in fruitless, endless doubtings, but as you are convinced of ungodliness, believe on Him who justifies the ungodly. From hence we see how much it is our duty to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. "We know that all things work together for good to All that God designed for glory and happiness as the end, he decreed to grace and holiness as the way.