Then, you are having sympathy with Christ in his sufferings, and you shall as certainly be an heir with him, by-and-by, in his glory. 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 helps your infirmities: and when he helps you, you shall, you must prevail. Romans 8:9. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. this is a very wonderful fact, that the Spirit of God should dwell in us. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body ye shall live. indeed, what shall we say? But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Some people talk about “getting out of the 7th chapter, into the 8th.” But who made this into an eighth chapter? When we ourselves hardly know the mind of the Spirit, he that searches all hearts knows it. That purpose is for good. Your “universal fatherhood” is rubbish. Half of your professors, we fear, will at the last be found not to have had “the Spirit of Christ.” It is one thing to profess religion, beloved, it is quite another thing to possess vital godliness. Some of you suppose because you have never been guilty of any vice, because you have not indulged in any great transgression, that therefore you do not require the work of regeneration in your hearts. Only think of that! Then, being called and justified, I may rest assured that I have been predestinated, and that in due time I shall be glorified. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:34. Who also maketh intercession for us. Romans 8:3-4. romans 8, the greatest chapter Pastor John introduces a new series focused on Romans 8. But if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Even if you be in the dark, yet if you cry for your Father, you will soon be in the light. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed, to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? Now we love him; now, being delivered from all condemnation, we love him who has delivered us, and this becomes the forge by which we are inclined to holiness, and led us further and further in a course, not merely of morality, but of holiness before God. 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. Are they true of you? Well, one bite at a time. Can they separate us from the love of Christ? No wonder, then, that all those aches and pains and troubles of body do come upon us. No; but they have, to our own consciousness, knitted us even more closely to our Divine Lord. He has risen from the dead, and in this he leads the way for us all. They are mere specks in the sun. This is what we are looking for. Let it be buried with Christ in baptism. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Any one of these things befog true of us, it is most certain that the rest are also true. Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? if we never had the Spirit of Christ, we “are none of his.” We may plead our own goodness before the throne of God at the last; but Jesus Christ will say, “You have not my Spirit; you are none of mine;” and then, however much we may have striven to serve God, unless we have the Spirit of Christ, there shall be nothing for us but the fearful curse, “Depart! Now, again, he doesnât tell us when it was subjected to futility, but we already know when. If youâd like a real treat, watch a skillful student of Scripture in action. Posted on February 4, 2015 by John Samson. Romans 8:1. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, “All things.” That is a very comprehensive expression, is it not? Romans 8:18-19. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/romans-8.html. There are no chapters in the Epistle as he inspired Paul to write it, the whole of it runs straight on without a break: “Therein therefore now no condemnation” — while struggling, fighting, warring, contending, —. That is another question. Romans 9 potentially creates a massive problem for the glorious promises of Romans 8. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. That the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? We have proved it. Shall a dying body, then, be my master? 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. That all things work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:19-22. Romans 8:24-25. There is an enmity of one creature to another. Romans 8:16. blessed fact! 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. Deep groans are in the world. The favour of God, the welfare of the soul, the concerns of eternity, are the things of the Spirit, which those that are after the Spirit do mind. Romans 8:28-29. Big Concept 1. Those that have never been born again, so as to be “in the Spirit,” are still just as they were born “in the flesh,” so they cannot please God. Romans 8:13. Romans 8:1. 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. Romans 8:8-10. Ah! Were the saints turned away from Christ by it? See what little worlds we are. Who is he that condemneth? If I may so speak, the regeneration of the body happens at the resurrection. 34 Who is he that condemneth? 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. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also give us all things. We have got the first-fruits of the Spirit to be the pledge of all the glorious harvest. 2020 âLook at the Book is John Piper's ongoing series of 8-12 minute videos to help you learn to read the Bible for yourself. He speaks as if it were all done, because the major part of it is done in the saints, and it will only be a wink of the eye and it will all be done in every one of us who are believers. Then let us wait for something better that is yet to come. One is tempted to linger over that golden chain, and examine every link. We could not keep it. It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. There is no need to be distressed with any form of doubt so long as the Spirit makes this continual breathing, “Abba, Father, show thyself to me. The taking away of the filth of the flesh was the old law, but the burying of the flesh, that is the new. God himself is the heritage of his people; he belongs to them now, as an eternal endowment. Paul made “the sufferings of this present time” into a matter of simple arithmetic and careful reckoning. Romans 8:13. Our manhood is not all soul: it is body, too. “No condemnation” — that is the first note of the chapter. Yet this deplorable state of the creation is in hope. As Moses said to Pharaoh when he agreed to let the people of Israel go, but said that they must leave behind their flocks, “Not a hoof shall be left behind,” so no particle of our real manhood shall be left under the thraldom of sin and death. The body is still under the old law of death, and so we have pain and weakness, and we die; but the spirit, oh! Do not believe him. The old judgment that was recorded against us is now erased; and in God’s book of remembrance there is not to be found a single condemnatory syllable, nor one word of anger written against any believer in Christ Jesus. 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. Romans 8:2-3. It is God that justifieth. This is convincing evidence that Divine justice was satisfied. Romans 8:34. Who is he that condemneth? 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. What mean the general mourning and sighing of the air all through the winter? Not those who say they are “the sons of God,” but those who undoubtedly prove that they are, by being led, influenced, gently guided, by the Spirit of God. Romans 8:29. 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.”. Though I have heard that faith and hope are not to be found in heaven, I very much question it. Nothing can equal that honour; to be a son of God, is more than anything of which ungodly kings and emperors can boast, with all their array of pomp and wealth. That does not follow in other cases, but it does in the case of the family of God. When we feel as if we could not pray, yet the Spirit of God makes intercession in us, and the great Father reads the purport of the intercessions, and blesses us, not according to our knowledge of our own prayer, but according to his knowledge of what the Spirit means by those prayers. “For to be carnally minded,” even though that carnal mind is in a body that is dressed in silks and satins, “To be carnally minded is death,” even though it be whitewashed till it looks like a spiritual one. “The body is dead because of sin;” and hence come those aches and pains, that heaviness, that weariness, that decay, those infirmities of age which we experience so long as we bear about with us this body of death. If God be for us, who can be against us? And whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. this is the verdict of your unbelief, but you will know better than that one of these days. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. But have they divided the saints from the love of Christ? Therefore, what the law could not do, God has now done for us. “All things work together for good” — for lasting and eternal good, — “to them that love God,” that is their outward character, —. This is the full redemption for which we are waiting. Yea, rather that is risen again. Does your spirit cry in that way tonight? For which of these do we make provision, by which are we governed? And he that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Then farewell, all this world accounts most valuable. Christ does not own any that are not indwelt by his Spirit. "Commentary on Romans 8:4". Happy are the people who have a share in this double blessing, and unhappy are the men and women who know nothing of it. Christ will be reflected, and in a measure repeated, in all his people; and this shall be the very glory of heaven, that, look which way you will, you shall see either Christ himself or his likeness in his people. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that toe are the children of God: It corroborates the testimony of conscience. Then the Spirit beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. They live for self-aggrandizement. Romans 8:28. Want of memory, want of faith, want of earnestness, ignorance, pride, deadness, coldness of heart, — these are some of our infirmities; but, thank God, we have the omnipotent Spirit of God to help us. Romans 8:31-32. The Judge of all the earth, and the Judge of the quick and the dead — if neither of these condemn, condemn away who likes. In the last verse it is “no separation.” What glorious music there is here, — no condemnation to those who are in Christ, no separation of them from Christ! And you have felt that you had larger desires than you have been able to interpret. It is one of the signs of grace and marks of a child of God that he is not perfect, and does not think he is, but groans after it, cries after it. Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” up to this point, “That we may be also glorified together.”. If Christ’s Spirit has not quickened you, you do not belong to Christ. 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. Such a mind as his “is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”, That is, those who are under its condemnation and power —. The elder-born members of God’s family, such as Abraham and the rest of the patriarchs, are no more heirs of God than are we of these latter days who have but lately come to Christ. Pastor John introduces a new series focused on Romans 8. This is their character, which they perceive, which others may in a measure perceive. They work in harmony. 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. Romans 8:14-21. Nobody can condemn them but the Judge; and if he is unable to condemn them, in consequence of what he has already done for them, then none can. It is a dying thing, and “ye shall die” if ye live after its dying fashion.. Romans 8:13. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. If so, they would still have been worthy to be compared; but Paul saw that there was no proportion whatever between them. Romans 8:38. 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. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. “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 ? For the spirit will never die, and the spirit has that within it which will bring it perfect peace. That neither death, nor life, nor angels. But they are nothing, nor are all put together anything at all, as compared with him who is on our side. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 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. 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”? Let him have no doubt whatever about that. Romans 8:7. If God be for us, who can be against us? happy is that man who has a hope that swims on the crest of the stormiest billow. Romans 8:15. 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