Major Prophets It is a misnomer to divide Christians among the “Spirit-filled” and the “non-Spirit-filled.” If a person is not filled with the Holy Spirit, they are not a Christian at all. Our walk – the pattern of our life – must be according to the Spirit, not according to the flesh. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. c. More than conquerors through Him who loved us: No matter what our circumstances, none of the sufferings of this present time can separate us from the love of God. Wisdom Literature c. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son: The eternal chain of God’s working is seen in the connection between foreknew, predestined, called, justified, and glorified. If God is for us, who can be against us? Feb 21, 2001. General Epistles C. Life in the Spirit makes us able to understand and endure suffering. c. By the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body: When we put to death the deeds of the body (force the sinful flesh to submit to the Spirit), we must do it by the Spirit. It means that what he says comes from a logical argument. Prophets ii. Please consider this request from John Piper and become a … Johannine Writings Thank you for registering. Read Romans 8 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). c. Who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit: These words are not found in the earliest ancient manuscripts of the Book of Romans and they do not agree with the flow of Paul’s context here. There are two witnesses to our salvation: our own witness and the witness of the Spirit. Nevertheless the witness of the Spirit is still there. We are debtors – to the flesh, to live according to the flesh: The flesh (again, in the narrow sense of sinful flesh in rebellion against God) gave us nothing good. (Rom 8:9-11) Christians are empowered to live in the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. -------------------- We receive this standing because Jesus bore the condemnation we deserved and our identity is now in Him. It has not been improved, it’s been completely transformed, changed to a satus of no condemnation. We are secure from every charge against us. Pentateuch Dennis Prutow. i. Grace in the soul is its new nature; the soul is alive to God, and has begun its holy happiness which shall endure for ever. Study the bible online using commentary on Romans 8 and more! Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? “The glory will be revealed, not created. (Rom 8:26-27) God’s help through the Spirit is available to us now. Christ is in believers by His Spirit, and believers are in Christ by faith.” (Poole). We are not to think that God can take action only when we graciously give him permission.” (Morris), ii. i. This is a confirmation of the former sentence; and that it may be understood, the meaning of the words must be noticed. Questions and answers with John Piper. His plan for these bodies is resurrection, when this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53). But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. It is the only item on the list that Paul had not yet personally experienced (1 Corinthians 4:11, 15:30). “Many sincere people are yet spiritually under John the Baptist’s ministry of repentance. Romans 8:2 tells us we are free from the power of sin. Scripture: Romans 8:3–4. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. a. a. Wisdom Literature -------------------- ©2013 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission D. The triumphant victory of the life in the Spirit. The righteousness of Christ imputed, secures the soul, the better part, from death. Our debt is to the Lord, not to the flesh. Romans 8:18-31. But we can say that Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh because although He was human, He was not sinful in Himself. a. It can guide us, teach us, and tell us about God’s character. These are the sons of God: It is only fitting that the sons of God should be led by the Spirit of God. Joined to Him, we hear the verdict: “no condemnation.”, ii. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared: Paul was not ignorant or blind to the sufferings of human existence; he experienced more of them than most any of us today. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Sword: This word implies execution. Commentary on Romans 8:28–30. The adopted son lost all rights in his old family and gained all new rights in his new family; the old life of the adopted son was completely wiped out, with all debts being canceled, with nothing from his past counting against him any more. Romans 12:3. All things: God is able to work all things, not some things. Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? (Romans Commentary - notes on Ro 8:5-13, Vol 1, page 414) According to the Spirit describes the mind (and heart) possessed by the Spirit and thus controlled and dominated by the Holy Spirit. b. S Lance Quinn. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Click on the image below for the Romans 8 studies. i. Paul didn’t say that the carnal mind was at enmity with God – he put it even stronger than that. Only Jesus can defeat sin, and He did just that through His work on the cross. (Rom 8:16) The evidence we are children of God: the testimony of the Holy Spirit. i. iv. God wants the Spirit to rule over our flesh. c. Revealed in us: This coming glory will not only be revealed to us, but it will actually be revealed in us. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh: The law can do many things. The Old Testament He condemned sin in the flesh: Sin was condemned in the flesh of Jesus as He bore the condemnation we deserved. God’s children are not immune from trials and suffering. Who is he who condemns? Therefore, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. 2. d. More than conquerors: How is the Christian more than a conqueror? The New Testament i. no condemnation: to them which are in Christ Jesus--As Christ, who \"knew no sin,\" was, to all legal effects, \"made sin for us,\" so are we, who believe in Him, to all legal effects, \"made the righteousness of God in Him\" ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ); and thus, one with Him in the divine reckoning. Who is he who condemns? Walking in the Spirit means that the course, the direction, the progress of one’s life is directed by the Holy Spirit. Not only are we in Christ (Romans 8:1), but He also is in you, and because God cannot abide a sinful home, the body (old man) had to die when Jesus came in. iii. Can we be faulted if we long for the fulfillment of what we have received in the firstfruits? a. “The law is weak to us, because we are weak to it: the sun cannot give light to blind eye, not from any impotency in itself, but merely from the incapacity of the subject it shines upon.” (Poole). (Rom 8:23-25) We also groan and wait with perseverance for the coming glory. (Daddy!). Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. It comes to fleshly men and speaks to them as fleshly men. General Epistles You can’t acquit the head and condemn the hand. Romans 8:1 tells us we are free from the guilt of sin. Minor Prophets We cannot be like some among the Galatians who thought they could begin in the Spirit but then find spiritual perfection through the flesh (Galatians 3:3). a. It isn’t fulfilled by us, but in us. Though he inevitably does, the Christian does not have to sin, because he is freed from sin’s dominion. (Rom 8:32) Evidence that God is for us: the gift of Jesus Christ. Grounds of encouragement for the συμπάσχειν ἵνα κ. συνδοξ. But the law of the Spirit of life in Christ is stronger still, and the law of the Spirit frees us from the law of sin and death. We must, however, guard against a false spirituality and see that Paul means the flesh insofar as it is an instrument in our rebellion against God. Scripture: Romans 8:1–4 Topic: Justification. My friend, there is no place for human pride in the doctrine of election. That humorous—and slightly cynical—anecdote illustrates an important point: … b. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. a. -------------------- So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Under Roman adoption, the life and standing of the adopted child changed completely. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”. of Scripture. Jesus was treated as a sinner so we can be treated as righteous. It does not want to live out Galatians 5:24: those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. They were probably added by a copyist who either made a mistake or thought he could “help” Paul by adding these words from Romans 8:4. i. In his sermons on Romans 8 he said there were three reasons why he preached on the doctrine of election: It laid the axe at the root of pride, presumption, and despair. “The most learned men assure us that it is no part of the original text. -------------------- The Whole Bible I like that. b. 2. General Epistles d. No condemnation: We receive this glorious declaration from God’s court. However, many do miss out on living the Christian life in the constant fullness of the Spirit because they are not constantly being filled with the Holy Spirit as Paul commanded in Ephesians 5:18. “Paul is saying that God is the author of our salvation, and that from beginning to end. Romans 8 - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible . Vern S Poythress. Luke-Acts You listen to John Piper. If God is for us, who can be against us? Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit guards this statement with an “if,” so we may know that just because a man thinks God is with him does not make it so. b. i. And (we pray!) Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! Click on the image below for the link. If we are declared “not guilty” by the highest Judge, who can bring an additional charge? For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh: The law can do many things. John Piper Nov 15, 2014 2 Shares Conference Message. Daily devotional with John Piper. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible Poetical Books For example, Dr. John Piper, a notable Calvinistic Pastor, lists only two options for interpreting this verse: “Option #1: God foresaw our self-determined faith. Instead, we become sons first and then the Spirit of God leads us. iii. The deep groanings within us cannot be articulated apart from the interceding work of the Holy Spirit. We need the reminder because we are often deceived into thinking that the flesh offers us life. Romans 8 Commentary; JOHN PIPER. This, of course, is the purpose of the gift of tongues – to enable us to communicate with God in a manner that is not limited to our own knowledge or ability to articulate our heart before God. Eagerly waiting for the adoption: We are waiting for our adoption. b. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors; not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. a. The oldest copies are without it, the versions do not sustain it, and the fathers who quoted abundance of Scripture do not quote this sentence.” (Spurgeon). As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Historical Books You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. Poetical Books He does not walk after it, nor practically obey it. We are secure from all condemnation. -------------------- But the work of the Spirit transforms us by the crucifixion of the old man and it imparts the new man – a principle higher than the flesh. [A previous revision of this page can be found here]. We’re on a mission to change that. b. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible d. What the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son: The law could not defeat sin; it could only detect sin. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. “Our weak hearts, prone to legalism and unbelief, receive these words with great difficulty: God is for us...They have failed Him; but He is for them. i. Isaiah 11:6-9 describes this redemption of creation in that day: The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 3. This opens in a new window. Historical Books It is continued and progressive motion. He is author of, Romans 8:26–27 : The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness. Love Fulfills the Law Romans 8:3–4. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, (Hebrew/Greek Search by English Definition), * 'Number Delimiters' only apply to 'Paragraph Order', Search verses, phrases, and topics (e.g. It’s a thrilling truth that doesn’t upset me at all. However, remember that we are in Christ – we have the privilege of relating to the Father even as Jesus Christ does. i. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Pauline Epistles b. Groanings which cannot be uttered: This help from the Spirit may include praying with the spiritual gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 14:2, 14-15), but it is certainly not limited to praying in an unknown tongue. 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