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Subscribe to the Spectrum Magazine newsletter for email updates! Still others have theorized that Romans was an encyclical or general epistle. That must include the behavior and belief of His own children as well. “No condemnation.” Exactly! "This distinctive designation of Jesus Christ expresses His position of priority to and preeminence over all the other members of the family.". "The law of double jeopardy" is a universally recognized principle of justice. Song of Solomon , out of the depths of His love, to deal effectively with sin. However, while the institution is a Greco-Roman one, the underlying concept is rooted in the OT and Judaism [i.e, God"s adoption of Israel]." Romans 8 is the crescendo of Paul’s letter to the Christian church in Rome. We have seen that chapters 5–8 have a kind of sandwich structure. The meaning of the clause seems to be this. The NASB translators understood Paul to be saying, "We do not know how to pray as we should," which implies ignorance concerning the proper method and procedure in prayer. "The redemption of our bodies" is the resurrection, a theme on which Paul had recently enlarged in 2 Corinthians 4:7 to 2 Corinthians 5:10." God accomplished this goal partially through believers" justification. ", [Note: Gerhardus Vos, The Pauline Eschatology, p169.]. 8. See 2 Corinthians 5:17 for a similar verse. The word denoted the Greek, and particularly Roman, legal institution whereby one can "adopt" a child and confer on that child all the legal rights and privileges that would ordinarily accrue to a natural child. . Yet, his words are powerful and with no doubt, when properly interpreted in their context powerfully communicating the … Therefore God is the only one in the position to charge the believer with guilt. Romans Chapter 8 declares that those who are with Christ are more than conquerors. Though glorification is yet future, the apostle spoke of it here as past. Paul continues his emphasis: at the heart of the gospel’s purpose is that day ahead when the “sons of God” will be revealed to the entire universe. "The Law condemns; but the believer has a new relationship to the Law, and therefore he cannot be condemned." It is the Holy Spirit of God. [Note: See Griffith Thomas, St. Paul"s Epistle ..., pp216; and Robert N. Wilkin, "Assurance by Inner Witness?" [Note: Zane Hodges, "The Death/Life Option," Grace Evangelical Society News6:11 (November1991):3.]. God"s great eternal purpose, expressed so beautifully in Romans 8:28-30, must reach its fruition in glorification for all those for whom He died." "If you buy a costly watch at the jeweller"s, he sends it to you in a lovely case which he gives you freely-with your purchase.... For "all things" of this created universe,-yea, even all gifts or blessings God may give us, here or hereafter, are but nothing, compared with, Job 1-2). The phrase "if indeed" seeks to render the first class condition in the Greek that in this case we could translate "since." [Note: S. Lewis Johnson Jeremiah , "Behold the Lamb: The Gospel and Substitutionary Atonement," in The Coming Evangelical Crisis, p134.]. So far in Romans Paul only referred to the Holy Spirit once ( Romans 5:5), but in this chapter he mentions Him17 times. Paul broadened his view of glorification to include all of creation. The "spirit" in view is probably the Holy Spirit who has made us God"s sons by regeneration and adoption. The context favors this interpretation, as does the sense of the verse. This indicates that a "limited" foreknowledge is in view, not just general knowledge of everyone and everything, which God possesses. Life in the Spirit. Romans 8:10 The Aramaic can be translated “for the cause of righteousness.” Romans 8:14 The Greek is quite emphatic: “those and only those.” Romans 8:15 Or “spirit of slavery.”” Romans 8:15 Implied in both the text and the greater context of finding our true life in … See 2 Corinthians 5:17 for a similar verse. Conversely believers who follow God"s will with the enablement of the Holy Spirit and put the deeds of the body (i.e, the flesh; cf. The Epistle to the Romans was written by Paul approx. of the life-giving Spirit has freed you # 8:2b Some manuscripts read me. Having made the greatest possible sacrifice for us already, we can know that He will also do whatever else may be necessary to conform us to the image of His Son (cf. We are eternally secure! Cf. The excerpt of Romans 8:31-39 is a passage in which Paul skillfully addresses concepts crucial to the Christian faith without using the traditional terminology for that. Rather this verse says that God brings good out of all things, even tragedies, for the Christian. Romans Images and Notes. No one has ever set them forth so compactly and so profoundly, in a way that is so stimulating, effective, and uplifting." ], "I take it that Paul is saying, then, that our failure to know God"s will and consequent inability to petition God specifically and assuredly is met by God"s Spirit, who himself expresses to God those intercessory petitions that perfectly match the will of God. "The Spirit is both the instrumental cause of the resurrection-act and the permanent substratum of the resurrection-life." Bible> Cross Refs> Romans 8:1. Yet, his words are powerful and with no doubt, when properly interpreted in their context powerfully communicating the … They were living and groaning under the weight of the law while thinking that some kind of legal transaction was giving them peace—paper piece. Walt Russell contented that Romans was a letter of exhortation that treated the issue of Jewish/Gentile relationships and that Paul was urging them to "participate fully in God's present harvest of all peoples." No force of any kind can remove us from His loving care. Then God will reveal His sons as such, whereas now we appear simply as Adam"s sons. Only Christians who follow God faithfully will experience their eternal life to its fullest potential. In these verses he showed how central a place His children occupy in the plan He is bringing to completion in history. ", [Note: See Robert G. Gromacki, Salvation Is Forever, p72. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the la… Something about Romans brings out the worse and best in us. From the end of Romans 8:7 it seems clear that Paul was thinking of an unsaved person (cf. It will be. of supernatural temptation for their rebellion against God. But, not only do we have the "resource," we have the "obligation" to put the deeds of the body to death. [Note: On the link between this section and chapter9 see George C. Gianoulis, "Is Sonship in Romans 8:14-17 a Link with Romans 9?" Notice Satan's obvious absence in this entire theological context (cf. HISTORICAL CONTEXT The book of Romans was written by Paul. Consequently we know what Paul meant. "Intercede" means to pray for someone else. 5:1-11 Suffering with assurance of future glory. In the meantime we should look forward with hope to what God has promised and patiently endure present sufferings (cf. [Note: See Don N. Howell Jeremiah , "The Center of Pauline Theology," Bibliotheca Sacra151:601 (January-March1994):50-70.]. [Note: See Griffith Thomas, St. Paul"s Epistle ..., pp216; and Robert N. Wilkin. The key to the believer"s security is that, "God is for us." In this surpassing chapter the several streams of the preceding argument meet and flow in one "river of the water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb," until it seems to lose itself in the ocean of a … ". A mind set on following the flesh concentrates on and desires the things of the flesh (cf. Paul suggested seven things, in increasing intensity, that a believer might experience-and he experienced them all ( 2 Corinthians 11:23-28)-that some might think could come between a believer and Christ"s love. It is a lifestyle that is purely "human" in its orientation. Romans 8:15-17 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. "All things" means just that: all things. He did not spare His own Son (cf. "Groanings" or "groans" expresses feelings of compassion for our weak condition. At the end of this third missionar… The present tense of the verbs is significant. DD. The so called Nero context of the Romans passage does not call for submission to Nero. . 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 does not tell us that God causes people to suffer, and it doesn't say that God considers suffering in and of itself to be good. Bruce suggested that perhaps Paul was imitating the Hebrew prophetic past tense in which a future event is spoken of as past because of the certainty of its coming (cf. Just as surely as we share His sufferings (Gr. Probably Paul used the Aramaic as well as the Greek term to highlight the intimate relationship the Christian disciple enjoys with God. "The "adoption" here is the full manifestation of the status of believers when they are invested as sons and daughters of God (cf. ], 4. God commanded the Israelites to present a portion of their harvest that ripened first as an offering to Him ( Exodus 23:19; Nehemiah 10:35). "Such passages leave no room at all for a "partial rapture!" Those who prefer the second view tend to describe man as having two natures, an old sinful one and a new one that would be the same as this regenerated human spirit (cf. The application of the believer"s condition8:12-13. I had made the point that each of us should get out of Romans 7 and into Romans 8, in our living and in our teaching and preaching. "Abba" and "Father" are equivalent terms, the first being a transliteration of the Aramaic word and the second a translation of the Greek pater (cf. Having come to Christ the Holy Spirit continues to lead us in the moral will of God. These laws refer to the certainty and regularity that characterize the operations of the Spirit and sin. This was Paul's way of removing fallen mankind's excuse (i.e., "the Devil made me do it!") All that now comes into their lives He uses for their good to further that glorious goal. These passages state plainly that, if Jesus gave Himself for us in atonement, everything else must follow because, having done the most that He could do in dying as our substitute, the lesser things-such as conviction of sin, repentance, effectual grace, faith-must inevitably follow. ". Romans 8:37-39 express very eloquently the impregnability of our position as believers. It was authored by Paul the Apostle, while he was in Corinth in the mid+50s CE, with the help of an amanuensis, Tertius, who added his own greeting in Romans 16:22. To "be according to the flesh" ( Romans 8:5) means to allow the human nature to dominate one"s life. "body" represents the whole person, not just his or her physical shell. What it does say, however, is that God works all things together for the good of those who love him and are who are called according to his purposes. "Nowhere in the annals of sacred literature do we find anything to match the power and beauty of this remarkable paean of praise." However the differences are not significant. To "walk according to the Spirit," on the other hand, is to live under the control, and according to the values, of the "new age," created and dominated by God"s Spirit as his eschatological gift." [Note: Newell, p337. The believer has the resource within him to put to death the "deeds of the body." Romans 6:1-11). The "good" is what is good from God"s perspective, and, in view of Romans 8:18-27, conformity to the Son of God is particularly prominent ( Romans 8:29). This effectual call consists of a divine summons to salvation along with illumination, through which the elect rightly perceive the gospel and inevitably trust in Jesus Christ. I tend to support the year 57. This is a reference to the glorification that every believer will experience at the end of his or her life ( Romans 8:18-25). whenever you see a Christian living the Christian life, you are witnessing a resurrection miracle!" This passage sums up, as we have seen, all that Paul has hitherto expounded in this Epistle. [Note: Ibid, p183. Romans Images and Notes. Third, He has ascended to the position of supreme authority in heaven where He represents us ( Romans 8:29). Here the purpose of the Incarnation appears in the context of the struggle of chapter7. 2 Corinthians 4:17). 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you # 8:2 The Greek is singular; some manuscripts me free from the law of sin and death. This shows God’s mercy—Him not giving us what we deserve. Peace with God seems to be in view here. Romans 8:31 Context. Therefore it must mean temporal death. 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