15:24; Eph. neither strength, neither height, neither deepness, neither any other creature may separate us [shall be able to part us] from the charity of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nor do these anxieties subside, but rather deepen, with the depth and ripeness of our spiritual experience. from the law of sin and death--It is the Holy Ghost who is here called "the Spirit of life," as opening up in the souls of believers a fountain of spiritual life just as He is called "the Spirit of truth," as "guiding them into all truth" ( John 16:13 ), and "the Spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord" ( Isaiah 11:2 ), as the inspirer of these qualities. nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord . It's true that we are suffering, as all of creation is, as we wait to be glorified with God forever. This is not all; sin is to be looked at as it affects the glory of God. Those who stand out against the gospel call, abide under guilt and wrath. Can you say of any of them, Who shall separate us? He predestinated, or before decreed, that they should be conformed to the image of his Son. But this is to thrust into the text what is contrary to the whole spirit, and even letter, of the apostle's teaching (see Romans 9:11 , 2 Timothy 1:9 ). Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us--not, "We are so far from being conquered by them, that they do us much good" [HODGE]; for though this be true, the word means simply, "We are pre-eminently conquerors." nor things present, nor things to come--no condition of the present life and none of the unknown possibilities of the life to come. Verses 1-9 Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. Romans 8:39 (NIRV) 35, 36. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?--This does not mean "our love to Christ," as if, Who shall hinder us from loving Christ? And if Christ be in you--by His indwelling Spirit in virtue of which we have one life with him. 5:6 ) sanctified soul is a living soul; and that life is peace. $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. In Romans 8:38-39, the Apostle Paul lists some of the most dreadful things we encounter in life: fear of death, unseen forces, demons, powerful rulers, unknown future events, and even the fear of heights and drowning, to name a few. he that raised up Christ from the dead--Observe the change of name from Jesus, as the historical Individual whom God raised from the dead, to CHRIST, the same Individual, considered as the Lord and Head of all His members, or of redeemed Humanity [ALFORD]. who also maketh intercession for us--using all His boundless interest with God in our behalf. There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which has come upon the creature by the fall of man. Yea, rather that is risen again. nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord! That's a big one for most people. (So the best interpreters). nether heyth nether loweth nether eny other creature shalbe able to departe vs fro ye love of God shewed in Christ Iesu oure lorde. nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. In general, howe Troubles neither cause nor show any abatement of his love. The excerpt of Romans 8:31-39 is a … nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. "Take now (said the Lord to Abraham) thy son, thine only, whom thou lovest, and . Thus, perhaps, he chooses yet another way of trying to help us understand that there is nothing in all the world—whether we are dead or alive, whether they are things we now face or things we will face in the future, whether they are above us or below us—that can separate us from the “love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As the chapter began with “no condemnation” (Rom. 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--that is, "True, we must suffer with Christ, if we would partake of His glory; but what of that? Thus whom he did predestinate, them he also called--The word "called" (as HODGE and others truly observe) is never in the Epistles of the New Testament applied to those who have only the outward invitation of the Gospel (as in Matthew 20:16 , 22:14 ). We are eternally united with the One who is perfect love. Romans 8:38. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. But this is inconceivable if Christ be not God's "own (or proper) Son," partaker of His very nature, as really as Isaac was of his father Abraham's. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! Be not (then) as the horse, or as the mule," &c. (2) "The spirit of bondage," to which many Protestants are "all their lifetime subject," and the "doubtsome faith" which the Popish Church systematically inculcates, are both rebuked here, being in direct and painful contrast to that "spirit of adoption," and that witness of the Spirit, along with our own spirit, to the fact of our sonship, which it is here said the children of God, as such, enjoy ( Romans 8:15 Romans 8:16 ). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. But this is now explained more fully. All that God designed for glory and happiness as the end, he decreed to grace and holiness as the way. The apostle had before called us "sons of God," referring to our adoption; here the word changes to "children," referring to our new birth. 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. 34. yea rather, that is risen again--to make good the purposes of His death. neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord. if any man have not the Spirit of Christ--Again, this does not mean "the disposition or mind of Christ," but the Holy Ghost; here called "the Spirit of Christ," just as He is called "the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" It is as "the Spirit of Christ" that the Holy Ghost takes possession of believers, introducing into them all the gracious, dove-like disposition which dwelt in Him ( Matthew 3:16 , John 3:34 ). not after--that is, according to the dictates of the flesh, but after the spirit--From Romans 8:9 it would seem that what is more immediately intended by "the spirit" here is our own mind as renewed and actuated by the Holy Ghost. And knowing that it is in pursuance of an eternal "purpose" of love that they have been "called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ" ( 1 Corinthians 1:9 ), they naturally say within themselves, "It cannot be that He 'of whom, and through whom, and to whom are all things,' should suffer that purpose to be thwarted by anything really adverse to us, or that He should not make all things, dark as well as light, crooked as well as straight, to co-operate to the furtherance and final completion of His high design. if so be that we suffer--"provided we be suffering with Him." (Compare John 3:18 , 5:24 , Romans 5:18 Romans 5:19 ). 4. But--"And." For the creature--"the creation." This paper has been written by me in the course of my theological studies at European Nazarene College (www.eunc.edu). No one knows exactly when it will happen, how it will happen, or what will happen to us after death. for it is not subject--"doth not submit itself." If when "my Beloved stands behind our wall, looking forth at the windows, showing Himself through the lattice" ( Solomon 2:9 )--that thin veil which parts the seen from the unseen--if He is even thus to me "Fairer than the children of men," what shall He be when He stands confessed before my undazzled vision, the Only-begotten of the Father in my own nature, and I shall be like Him, for I shall see Him as He is? that he might be the first-born among many brethren--"The First-born," the Son by nature; His "many brethren," sons by adoption: He, in the Humanity of the Only-begotten of the Father, bearing our sins on the accursed tree; they in that of mere men ready to perish by reason of sin, but redeemed by His blood from condemnation and wrath, and transformed into His likeness: He "the First-born from the dead"; they "that sleep in Jesus," to be in due time "brought with Him"; "The First-born," now "crowned with glory and honor"; His "many brethren," "when He shall appear, to be like Him, for they shall see Him as He is.". (ESV). The apostle, personifying creation, represents it as only submitting to the vanity with which it was smitten, on man's account, in obedience to that superior power which had mysteriously linked its destinies with man's. 12, 13. nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. we cry, Abba, Father--The word "cry" is emphatic, expressing the spontaneousness, the strength, and the exuberance of the final emotions. Romans 8:39 (NKJV) And here is the order of the causes of our salvation, a golden chain, one which cannot be broken. 9. 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. A few interpreters take “present things” and “coming things” (lit. FIRST: The Sanctification of Believers ( Romans 8:1-13 ). shall also quicken--rather, "shall quicken even" your mortal bodies by--the true reading appears to be "by reason of." . Absolutely nothing in the universe can separate you from God's all-consuming, ever-present love for you. Romans 8:39 (KJVA) Romans 8:39 (LEB) to be carnally minded--literally, "the mind" or "minding of the flesh" (Margin); that is, the pursuit of fleshly ends. The freedom of believers from condemnation. You may be removed from pleasant dwellings, and friends, and estates. (6) In return for such a sacrifice on God's part, what can be considered too great on ours? But it is clearly, we think, the law's inability to free us from the dominion of sin that the apostle has in view; as has partly appeared already fully appear presently. And all this is viewed as past; because, starting from the past decree of "predestination to be conformed to the image of God's Son" of which the other steps are but the successive unfoldings--all is beheld as one entire, eternally completed salvation.

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