], The consequence of successfully combating the flesh shall be unspeakably blessed—, [If eternal death be the fruit of self-indulgence, eternal life shall be the fruit of self-denial. Moulton, p. 114; Burton, § 72. 1896. But are we nothing more? The contrast with ‘live’ indicates that this means more than just physical death. 3. 1. with the thanksgiving, at the beginning of Romans 8:25; (2.) (See Scofield "Romans 5:21"). So it must be, for “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Those who let the Spirit of God lead them upward instead of letting their own animal nature drag them downward, are the sons of God. An enemy may better be kept out than cast out when he has got possession. (Ezekiel 18:24). Any other use including, but not limited to, copying, posting or reposting on the Internet is prohibited. 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. διὰ ἁμαρτίαν, Romans 8:10; the durative present. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/romans-8.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/romans-8.html. Thirdly, and principally, an act of faith in the death and sufferings of Christ. If anyone sows to the flesh (Galatians 6:8) he reaps corruption. All rights reserved. Romans 7:10; Romans 7:24, Romans 8:6; Romans 8:10. It is through faith in Christ, Acts 26:18; if so, according to the degree of faith will be the degree of sanctification. Bless God for whatsoever mortifying grace we have received. 1700-1703. Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Bible Cross-References • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • … spiritually. Galatians 5:17.]. By the Spirit we are here to understand the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit which is called so emphatically. (G. Romans 13:14). "Commentary on Romans 8:13". "Commentary on Romans 8:13". The miserable state of the carnally minded, 6-8. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. If we will not be the death of sin, sin will be the death of our souls. Even so is it likewise in grace: those who have the strongest corruption, they have the hardest mortification. Deeds performed by the body, being the deeds which the body, as the organ of sin, performs. This leads the apostle into a new line of thought, opening into his final subject-the "glory" awaiting the justified believer. Fourthly, as an evidence of our justification and the forgiveness of our sins unto us. Comp. II. The practices (tricks, machinations, see on Colossians 3:9; Luke 23:51; Acts 19:18; Dem. σῶμα is not used here for σάρξ (Reiche and others); Paul has not become inconsistent with his own use of language (Stirm in Tüb. Romans 8:5-8 The evil of being carnally minded, and the good of being. spiritually minded. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Our enemy has got possession of our souls, which makes the work more difficult. Romans 8:13. It may be a divorce from a sin odious to the world, and an embracing another that hath more specious pretences. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ges/romans-8.html. Death in the fullest sense is here meant, not eternal death alone, and certainly not physical death, which comes to all men; comp. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/romans-8.html. The deeds of the body are the works which corrupt nature produces. For if you live
- If you live to indulge your carnal propensities, you will sink to eternal death; Romans 7:23. Colossians 2:11.]. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Secondly, prayer and fasting; that is another help likewise. Observe, 3. the deeds of the body, because the body is so instrumental in the doing thereof. If religion be worth anything, it is worth everything; therefore sacrifice anything but Christ. The reading for Holy Trinity (Romans 8:12-17) requires one to back up to an earlier … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:12-17" do mortify = are putting to death. Plead the death of Christ, the end of which was to triumph over sin. Biblica provides God's Word to people through translation, publishing and Bible engagement in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and North America. (4) The estrangement between God and the sinner is mutual. Romans 8:2 tells us we are free from the power of sin. 4. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". This difference already struck certain Greco-Latin copyists, who have sought to correct the text in this direction. The deeds of the flesh — Not only evil actions, but evil desires, tempers, thoughts. How Christ lives and works in his followers; their blessedness here, and their happiness hereafter, 9-17. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". But the apostle supposes this idea to come out clearly enough from the expressed contrast: not to the flesh, and continues as if he had expressed it: "But if through the Spirit," etc. For what the grace of the gospel doth more especially teach, read Titus 2:4; Psalms 5:4. It is not then of himself, of his own power or will, that he is able to do this. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. To mortify sin is not merely to smite and oppose it, but to put it to death--to have “no confidence in the flesh”--to “yield no member to uncleanness”--to “deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts”--to “avoid the very appearance of evil”--to “let it not be so much as named among you as becometh saints.” It means, that “if sinners entice, we are to consent not”; but in every sense to “be not overcome with evil,” but to “resist the devil, and he will flee from us,” clinging hard and fast by “the God of peace, who shall bruise Satan under our feet shortly.”. Crucifixion is the manner of killing it which God has appointed (Galatians 5:24). No man can be so comfortably assured that his sin is pardoned that does not find his sin mortified. Romans 4:24) indicates the “certum et constitutum esse secundum vim (divini) fati.” Ellendt, Lex. "Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books". The rhythm of this verse is quite similar to that observed by Calvin in Romans 7:9-10; Romans 13 a, the life of the flesh is the death of Prayer of Manasseh 1:13 b, the death of the flesh is the life of man. ], The consequence of such a life will be eternal death—, [The death mentioned in the text cannot relate to the mere death of the body, because that must be experienced by the spiritual, no less than by the carnal man. Of course! Mortify the deeds of the body; resist, overcome, and cease to gratify sinful inclinations, and thus cause them to die. The killing of sin. This fullness of life involves psychological and social wholeness and well as physical wholeness, under normal circumstances. But it is very much to be doubted whether the word ever has this sense in the New Testament. We are not debtors to the flesh - We ought not to follow it. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". The design of God in sending his Son into the world was to redeem men from sin, 3,4. 3. Even industry in business may be in our way, and if so we must consent to mortification here. The complement: of the body, is not here the genitive of the instrument, but that of the author. It must be a quick and an uninterrupted severity. The threatening itself, Ye shall die. Certainly not! b. ]; or set ourselves for a time against our besetting sin, as Judas under the terrors of a guilty conscience [Note: Matthew 27:3-4. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. 2. 1834, 3, p. 11), but has regarded the (in itself indifferent) σῶμα as the executive organ of the sin, which, dwelling in the σάρξ of the body, rules over the body, and makes it the σῶμα ἁμαρτίας (Romans 6:6), if the Spirit does not obtain the control and make it His organ. What are they? ], This however cannot be done effectually but by the assistance of the Holy Spirit—, [We can walk after the flesh without any difficulty: it is natural to us, as it is to a stone to run down a precipice. 1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 John 5:16). "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". But over and above that, you yourselves shall die--your character, your manhood or your womanhood, your immortal soul will die. If you lived thus, you would not fulfil the glorious destiny announced in Romans 8:10-11. τὰς πράξεις τοῦ σώμ.] This is an evidence that they have “passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). after the Spirit. “Through the Spirit.” We must first have the Spirit, that we may experience His sanctifying power. 3. Every act of sacrifice whereby the independence of the body is denied, and its submission to the spirit forcibly asserted, secures a growth of spiritual life in man. The greatest object of our revenge is within us. Ought we thus to seek to divide Christ, receiving only the efficacy of His blood and not that of His Spirit; desiring that He should be made to us righteousness and not also sanctification? Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Thus we speak of mortified pride, which has been simply disappointed of its passing object; whereas to mortify is to be in a process of death, though joined to something living--as a diseased limb may be mortified, while the other parts of the body are healthy; and it is only by the process of the healthy part of the body casting off from itself the mortified flesh, that the whole system can escape dissolution. “To mortify” is now commonly used in a far less extreme sense than its original signification. 65. From Romans 8:13, St. Paul, having finished what he had begun, Romans 6:1, describes purely the state of believers. And that is here expressed to be the deeds of the body. 1. As sin must have no pardon, so it must have no reprieve. In this sense we are to understand the mortification of the carnal and ungodly desires, which the power of Divine grace, the vital energy of the new creature, will enable it to cast from itself, and thereby save the soul alive, which the process of moral putrefaction had otherwise corrupted and slain. It is very unsuitable for sin’s drudges to have a saint’s portion. (3) No human refinement of the carnal mind will make it spiritual, or compensate for the absence of spirituality. We shall all agree, who have tried to do right and avoid wrong, that there goes on in us a strange struggle. kill and put to death. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! 1870. To quicken and provoke us so much the more hereunto, let us take in these considerations with us. The less principal is the Christian himself, If ye, through the Spirit, we can do nothing without him, he will do nothing without us. Griffith. The Author. This must needs be so upon these following considerations. (5) While the consciousness of spiritual life in our renewed souls is a glorious assurance of resurrection-life in the body also-in virtue of the same quickening Spirit whose inhabitation we already enjoy (Romans 8:11) - yet whatever professions of spiritual life men may make, it remains eternally true that "if we live after the flesh we shall die," and only "if we through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, we shall live" (compare with Romans 8:13; Galatians 6:7-8; Ephesians 5:6; Philippians 3:18-19; 1 John 3:7-8). Mortification of sin is the proper work of this Spirit in us, and is effected in no other way. This is not to be understood of the mortification of the body itself; nor does it design any maceration or afflicting of it by any severities of life; nor of the destruction of the body of sin by Christ: or of the being and principles of sin in the saints by the Spirit of Christ; which is contrary to Scripture, to the experience of the saints, who find it in them, alive in them, and to their expectations, whilst in this world: nor is this mortification to be considered as a part of regeneration, which by some divines is made to consist in a sense of sin, grief for it, and hatred of it, in avoiding it, and in an expulsion of vicious habits and inclinations; but it should be observed, that the apostle is writing to persons that were already regenerate; nor does he ever exhort persons to regenerate themselves, which he would do here, if this was the sense; regeneration is a work of the Spirit of God, in which men are passive, whereas in the mortification here spoken of the saints are active, under the influence of the Spirit of God; besides, regeneration is done at once, and does not admit of degrees; and in and by that, sin, as to its being and principle, is so far from being destroyed, that it seems rather to revive in the sense and apprehension of regenerated persons: but it is a mortification of the outward actings of sin in the conversation, called, "the deeds of the body": and in the Claromontane exemplar, and in the Vulgate Latin version, "the deeds of the flesh": or as the Syriac version renders it, הופכי, "the conversations", or manners of it, and so the Ethiopic version; that is, its outward course of life: and it signifies a subduing and weakening the vigour and power of sin in the lives and conversations of the saints, to which the grace and assistance of the Spirit are absolutely necessary; and such who are enabled to do so, "shall live" comfortably; they shall have communion with Christ here, and shall live a life of glory with him hereafter. 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