Romans 8:6. It is Christ that died. This is our victory, that let the flesh lust as it may, we do not walk after it; we are kept by God’s grace; we are preserved, so that the bent and tenor of our life is after the rule of the Spirit of God. Romans 8:33. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? To them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. The spirit of prophecy is upon the man who knows how to pray; the Spirit of God has moved him to ask for what God is about to give. No, that is impossible; and if he does not lay anything to their charge, what cause have they to fear? Who said. Will he blow hot and mild, and first intercede for them, and then condemn them? Surely God can do so. Do you desire continually that he should be your supreme Guide and Leader? It says to the lame man, “You must walk,” and to the blind man, “You must see; “but it does not enable them either to walk or to see. (Romans 7 & â¦ Glory be to his name! God himself becomes our heritage. depart! God having manifested his love in giving his own Son for us, can we think that any thing should turn aside or do away that love? And if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; Oh that if — “if children.” There are some that get over all that. Augustine sat weeping in the garden of his friend Alypius, desperately wanting to start a new life, yet reluctant to break with the old. Romans 8:23. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:15. Romans 8:11. Romans 8:3. Romans 8:20-22. The stars in their courses fight against you, if you fight against God; and the very earth groans and complains of bearing up your weight if you are a rebel against the Most High. Yet this deplorable state of the creation is in hope. Our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, quickens our desires, encourages our hopes, and raises our expectations. It is first a quickening spirit, and then a witnessing spirit, witnessing with our spirit that we are the children of God. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Some condemnation we might have expected, but “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”. Who is he that condemneth? By no manner of means. The whole world is in its pangs and birth-throes, and there can never come its complete deliverance into the new heavens and the new earth, except there shall also be the manifestation of the children of God, and their deliverance from all that now hampers and hinders the divine life that is within them. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Have I been “justified” by faith, and have I peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ? But hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: If you live simply to gratify your ambition, if you live for avarice, if you live to please yourself, if you live for any earthly object which can be comprised under the term “after the flesh,” you will certainly be disappointed, for you will die, and your hope will die with you. âThere is no telling what may happen when people begin to study the Epistle to the Romans,â1says the noted scholar F. F. Bruce in the introduction to his commentary on the Book of Romans. Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. We do not care about fifty thousand aphorisms, or syllogisms, or anything else; God’s Word against man’s any day. And nothing else can do that. Then will be the adoption. Amen. Some simpletons have said that Paul was not a converted man when he wrote the closing verses of that 7th chapter. Did he rise from the dead for you, and yet will he leave you among the dead and the lost? That all things work together for good to them that love God. Big Concept 1. If Christ’s Spirit has not quickened you, you do not belong to Christ. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. Come, Christian, put thyself in this scale: “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” If he has not the Holy Ghost really dwelling in him, guiding him, directing him, teaching him, comforting him, supporting him, he is none of Christ’s. What shall we then say to these things? He is the Judge. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? It is a blessed thing to have hope. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; Especially our infirmities in prayer. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear: but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit of God knows the will of the Father, and he comes and writes it on our hearts. This exposition consisted of readings from Romans 8:26-30; Revelation 21:10-27; Revelation 22 :l-5. Romans 8:2. Romans 8:24-28. Ring out the challenge in heaven itself; trumpet it through all the caverns of hell; let the whole universe hear it: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect ?” None can, for “it is God that justifieth,” and his justification blocks every charge that is brought against his people. One wave dashes this way, and another that, but they are all working together, and they are all working with one great purpose too. Why, wait with patience, and bear our appointed burden until the time comes for us to be relieved of it; — wait, however, with hope, — wait, too, as we must, quietly enduring the pains and pangs which precede so glorious a birth. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Ah! For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the Son of God. It is not a man that is dead in sin that calls himself “wretched,” because he finds sin within him; it is a man made pure by the grace of God, who, because of that very purity, tools more the comparatively lesser force of sin than he would have done when he had less grace and more sin. If God be for us, who can be against us? We are not debtors to it, to live after it. It is God that justifieth. When you have studied the plan of grace, the covenant of God, have you not said to yourself, “What can I say to all this? As long as a man lives only for this present evil world, lives for self, lives under the domination of the flesh, he cannot really know God, or truly serve him. He does not say that he will give you a new body. We are lost in wonder, love, and praise. Whether Jew or Gentile, we cry, “Abba, Father.”. Oh, blessed, blessed state of heart to feel that now we are born into the family of God, and that the choice word which no slave might ever pronounce may now be pronounced by us, “Abba”! “Light afflictions” are contrasted with “an exceeding weight of glory.” Temporary afflictions, but for a moment, are to be followed by everlasting crowns that fade not away. Some foolishly say, “If God has ordained everything, what is the use of praying?” If God had not ordained everything, there would be no use in praying; but prayer is the shadow of the coming mercy which falls across the spirit, and we become in prayer in some degree gifted like the seers of old. The man, whose mind is under subjection to his body, minds “the things of the flesh.”. That is what it comes to, for the flesh comes to death at last; and, after death, it goes to corruption. “But he could if he liked,” said the other. But God keeps time and season, and there is harmony in his music. Romans 8:36. shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? What shall we then say to these things?” Well, we will say something practical that shall cheer our hearts. Posted on February 4, 2015 by John Samson. The Greatest Chapter, Part 2 Some phrases are used so often in the Bible that we need to stop and do the work of understanding what they really mean. So then they that are in the flesh —, Those who are still in the old nature, living for it, living to it, —. 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Romans 8:6-7. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not niter the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Can your own spirit say that it is true? 4. Then follows justification by faith, through the precious blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ; and where this is, glory will certainly come, for “whom he justified, them he also glorified.”. “Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Dear friends, hearing these words, can you respond to them? For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. 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. May the Spirit help our infirmities. I am afraid that those who never had groanings which cannot be uttered will never know anything of that glory which cannot be expressed, for that is the way to it. The great eternal purpose encompasses all things that happen, and bends all to the grand object of the good of the called ones. Romans 8:23. If we live after that carnal fashion, this will be the end of our living: “death.”. No slips, no gaps or chasms, by the way. Romans 8:31. If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? It is God that justifieth. It is God that justifieth. Have any of these things separated us from our Saviour? The redemption of the soul is complete, but not yet that of the body. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Do you ever have in your heart a longing to behold the glory of God? Do not believe him. “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Do you know what it is to have the Spirit of Christ ? if you feel a conflict, bless him and ask him that it may rage more terrible still, for that shall be one evidence to you that you are indeed out of all condemnation because you are struggling against the evil. Only think of that! Feb 25, 2015 - The phrase âforeknown by Godâ has caused significant controversy and conflict within Christianity. Romans 8:24-30. It is the creation groaning, travailing, waiting, — waiting till there shall be a new heaven and a new earth, because the former things shall have passed away. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. We are, in some respects, children of God in the same sense as Christ himself is; he is the firstborn, and we are among his “many brethren.”. Whom he justified, them he also glorified. We feel that we are the children of God; and the Spirit of God comes forward as a second, but still greater and higher witness, to confirm the testimony that we are the children of God. Blessed be God for this, for when we had broken his law, he might justly have left us to take the consequences; but he has stepped aside: he has gone beyond all that might have been expected of him, and brought in a law by which a remedy is applied to all our ills. Let him have no doubt whatever about that. We assert that, from first to last, the work of salvation is all of grace; and we are not afraid of any licentious tendency of that doctrine, or anything of the kind. Romans is a big elephant. Romans 8:28. At the appearing of our Lord from heaven, then shall the body itself be delivered, and the whole creation shall also be delivered, so we wait in a travailing condition; and we may well be content to wait, for these pangs within us and around all signify the glorious birth for which we may wait in hope. Note how, at times, creation’s very bowels seem to be tossed and torn with pain and agony by volcanoes and earthquakes. No, there must be the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. He spoke of it as if it were done because it is so sure, so certain to be done; he puts it down as a fact. 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. Romans 8:10. Romans 8:1. Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:28. indeed, what shall we say? For the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Flee to Him as such. And they are used, or abused rather, by men as instruments of sin. The new nature can do what the old nature cannot do. The blessing of life is to come to the body too; it shall be immortal by-and-bye, delivered from all the infirmities and sorrows which sin and death have brought upon it. Let us then, by the Spirit, endeavour more and more to mortify the flesh. Romans 8:17. No,” says Paul, —, He is both just and the Justifier of all who believe in Jesus, and they are, “Why,” saith one, “Christ, the great Judge, will condemn.” No, that he will not, for —. The Judge of all the earth, and the Judge of the quick and the dead — if neither of these condemn, condemn away who likes. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God: Oh, high dignity and blessed privilege! Oh! Scripture: Romans 7:22â8:2. When they have been in famine or poverty, has Christ ever forsaken his saints? The curse shall be taken from the garden, thorns and thistles shall no longer grow there; and there shall be no killing or devouring in all God’s holy mountain. And the law, besides outward duties, requires inward obedience. None keep the law so well as those who do not hope to be saved by it, but who, renouncing all confidence in their own works, and accepting the righteousness which is of God by faith in Christ Jesus, are moved by gratitude to a height of consecration and a purity of obedience which mere legalism can never know. The best performance of an unchanged character is worthless in God’s sight. “That he might be the first-born among many brethren.”. These are the two columns on either shore; but the swinging bridge in between is this — calling and justification. he has loved them all the more. You believers may have a good hope concerning your bodies: “He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies.” Wait a while, therefore; what God has done for your souls he will in due time do for your bodies also. Romans 8:14. Our spirit feels the spirit of adoption, and so there is a double witness, the witness of our spirit, and the witness of God’s Spirit, that we are the children of God. No breaks between the links of this chain. Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? They are not worth calling anything. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God : What better testimony can we have than that of these two witnesses, first of our own spirit, and then of the Holy Spirit himself, “that we are the children of God”? Oct 9, 2014. We are no longer afraid of being called the children of God. If youâd like a real treat, watch a skillful student of Scripture in action. 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! Can they separate us from the love of Christ? Romans 8:3-4. We did receive the spirit of bondage once. 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