For can it be supposed that by Him we are absolved from sin in order to obtain a license to continue in sin ourselves? The killing of sin. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). Paul viewed the presentation of ourselves to God as an initial act of commitment ( Romans 6:13; Romans 12:1), but He wrote that we must daily and hourly choose to mortify our flesh (cf. Charles Schribner's Sons. The Apostle Peter enjoins on believers to desire the pure milk of the word, that they may grow thereby, and begins his second Epistle by praying that grace might be multiplied to those to whom he wrote, and concludes it by enjoining on them to grow in grace. 4. 2. Romans 7:4. τὰς πράξεις τοῦ σώματος, in a bad sense, because of the |[158] κατὰ σάρκα, and in antithesis to πνεῦμα: the body’s practices independent of spirit are bad. BibliographyHodge, Charles. 1871-8. Matthew 16:27. Hence this is a proof of Romans 8:12. https: Do not all these in some way or other live after the flesh? Hence. some dream-but morally); nor can the carnal mind, as such, be brought into real subjection to the law of God. Sin is mortified when its power is destroyed, and it ceases to be active. College Press, Joplin, MO. It"s not a "leading" of the Spirit that violates or OVER-RULES free-will. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Did not the crediting of Satan ruin the whole world? It makes us slaves to Satan; it makes us enemies to God; it crucifies Christ; it fights against the soul. More resources, better tools and easier navigation Test drive it and tell us about your experience. If that shade of meaning was intended, it would express the sad truth that a life of carnality is not only the sure prelude to endless death, but fuel for the final flame. By the Spirit we are here to understand the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit which is called so emphatically. The agents in this work, and they are two: 1. 1909-1922. So the flesh will reward us for our fidelity in discharging our debt to it.— ΄έλλετε: "there is nothing for you but to die; such is the only future which awaits you." ], and make myself happy in my own way.’ God replies to him, “Thou wouldest none of me; and thou shall have none of me; depart from me for evermore [Note: Compare Psalms 81:11. with Matthew 25:41. The promise, then, of life is not made to the work of mortification, but to him that mortifies his flesh; and that not for his mortification, but because he is in Christ, of which this mortification is the effect and the evidence. But, oh sinner, what will be the end of thy present pursuits? Our enemy has got possession of our souls, which makes the work more difficult. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. We all understand too well how Paul was ready at times to cry. Compare Romans 4:24; 1 Thessalonians 3:4; James 2:12. But he graciously offers us the assistance of his Spirit; so that none need despair: none need to decline the work of mortification for want of strength to accomplish it; seeing that “the grace of Christ is sufficient for us,” and through the aids of his Spirit we can do all things [Note: Galatians 5:16 and Philippians 4:13. https: Do mortify - Do put to death; do destroy. The term πράξεις, further used by Paul only in Colossians 3:9 (not ἔργα), is purposely selected to express the evil conception, which Hofmann (“acts”) without any ground calls in question. It may be joined either (1.) (92)— ζήσεσθε, ye shall live) He does not say, μέλλετε ζῇν, you are about (thereby) to obtain life, but ζήσεσθε, you will remain in life. [Note: Newell, pp307 , 309.]. Unsuitable to a state of glory (Colossians 1:12). This is an evidence that they have “passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Home > Study Desk. Sin, and especially a living and conversing in the ways of it, brings death. 1599-1645. He who spends his life in cunning plots and mean tricks, gives way to the “brute” in him, just as much as the fox or ferret. 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. which the gloss explains by "he shall humble himself"; walk humbly before God and men, in his life and conversation. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. It can guide us, teach us, and tell us about God's character. By what means may we effectually mortify sin? To live “after the flesh” is to obey the orders of our corrupt nature; to gratify its sinful desires without regard to or in contradiction of the will of God. 1. Jesus, full of the spirit of Sonship, put back easily all the suggestions of the tempter. Ye shall die— ΄ελλετε αποθνησκειν, ye shall die hereafter; namely, the second death at the last day. To live after the flesh is death; to live after the Spirit is life. Romans 8:13. 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Ye shall live, that is, enjoy the life of which the Spirit is the author; including therefore holiness, happiness, and eternal glory. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Romans 8:1. Every one does that; but we hope we shall be able to make our peace with God before we die.” That kind of religion has done more harm than most kinds of irreligion. Go to. For, etc. 13:14 — that is, more and more. (c) Our mental perversities (Galatians 5:20, “idolatry,” etc.)--. Secondly, from a connection of the cause with the effect. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh: The law can do many things. Then to mortify sin is not to deal equivocally with it, to fight against its practices and leave untouched the principle, as Saul slew the Amalekites, but spared Agag. (3) No human refinement of the carnal mind will make it spiritual, or compensate for the absence of spirituality. Observe the antithesis: If ye put to death your animal nature, you yourself, who are spirit, shall live. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. on which the gloss explains by "he shall humble himself"; walk humbly before God and men, in his life and conversation. https: ]; (as a mariner may cast all his goods out of his ship to save the vessel, without any aversion to the goods themselves) or may exchange our sins, prodigality for avarice, sensuality for self-righteousness, or the love of vanity for sloth and indifference. A breaking of the league naturally held with sin (Ephesians 5:11; Hosea 14:8). And do they not fulfil St. Paul’s words, “If ye live after the flesh ye shall die”? and will it not eventually ruin us also? For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die - Though μελλετε αποθνησκειν may mean, ye shall afterwards die, and this seems to indicate a temporal death, yet not exclusively of an eternal death; for both, and especially the latter, are necessarily implied. ], 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. It takes away every ground of hope from those who profess to know God, and in works deny Him; for they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". If we live after the flesh] We must not think to pass E coeno ad Caelum, from the mire to heaven, to dance with the devil all day, and sup with Christ at night, to fly to heaven with pleasant wings. Thirdly, sin is deceitful and dangerous. 2, iv. https: Romans 8:13 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. Through the Spirit; i.e. As sin must have no pardon, so it must have no reprieve. The destruction of sin is to be effected through the Spirit, which does not mean the renewed feelings of the heart, but, as uniformly throughout the passage, the Holy Spirit which dwells in believers: see Romans 8:14, where this Spirit is called "Spirit of God." by means of the Holy Spirit, comp. Baumgarten defends the former, I leave it undetermined. “If ye,” etc. 1879-90. Conclusion: Let us labour to mortify sin. it is replied, ימית עצמו, "he shall mortify himself";'. The Biblical Illustrator. Zeitschr. "William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament". From Romans 8:13, St. Paul, having finished what he had begun, Romans 6:1, describes purely the state of believers. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". Remember the parable of the old heathen. 3. , "what shall a man do that he may live? The miserable state of the carnally minded, 6-8. ‘Therefore’ sums up what precedes. 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. Sanctification involves the sinner.". It is used to signify that innate principle of sin, which governs the unregenerate, and continually fights against the spiritual principle in those that are regenerate [Note: John 3:6. God forbid. https: Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. 2. And this will appear if we consider--. https: If therefore we would not perish for ever, let us immediately begin, in dependence on God’s Spirit, to “mortify our earthly members [Note: Colossians 3:5. Thirdly, from the covenant of grace which God hath made with all believers, which is to bestow His Spirit upon them to this purpose, as Ezekiel 36:27. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". We shall all agree, who have tried to do right and avoid wrong, that there goes on in us a strange struggle. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die - in the sense of Romans 6:21; But if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body (see the note at Romans 7:23), ye shall live - in the sense of Romans 6:22. You shall live, your very soul and self for ever--all that is merciful, kind, pure, noble, useful--in one word, all in you that is like Christ, like God, that is spirit and not flesh, shall live for ever. Romans 8:1-11. 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. The reward promised to the performers and performance of this duty; Ye shall live; namely, a life of grace and holiness, a life of joy and comfort, a life of glory and happiness. 2. What else could be reasonably expected? The more principal agent is the Holy Spirit. ], [As we have ruined ourselves, God might well leave us to restore ourselves: and then indeed would our condition be most pitiable. Secondly, sin is also insatiable, and the more that men give way unto it the more it prevails still upon them. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. Ye shall live - You shall be happy and saved. ‘Not are about to live; this life being no natural consequence of a course of mortifying the deeds of the body, but the gift of God through Christ; and coming, therefore, in the form of an assurance, “ye shall live,” from Christ’s Apostle’ (Alford). on Greek. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". Oh, it is that which a carnal person cannot endure to hear or think of. It would seek to do him good, and would thus fulfil all the purposes of justice and truth which we owe to him. They hold that there is no more progress in sanctification than there is in justification, and that both are complete at once on believing the truth. And the post of power must be renounced if we discover that it has led us to forget our weakness apart from God. Literally are about to die. The passages commonly quoted in its behalf, Romans 6:6, Romans 7:24; Romans 8:10, Romans 8:13, are very far from being decisive. (Horat.) Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of 4; and Sturz, Lex. in the old English sense of prevent: going before, so as to give a good will to] the former, sin, preventing [going before, so as to get the advantage over] the latter; to whichsoever side a man turns himself, from it he receives his denomination. ‘Ye shall die, unless ye put to death the deeds of the body;' see Colossians 3:5. BibliographyWesley, John. This describes the character of all who shall receive eternal life; and it is of great importance. These are: (1) The preliminary work which had to be done by the coming of Christ, or the basis laid in the life and death of our Lord with a view to our being sanctified. The former words were a threatening to excite our industry; these are a promise to prevent our dejection. 13. μέλλετε ἀποθνήσκειν. “The deeds of the body,” or “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19), mean the products of our lower nature, whether of thought, or feeling, or act. It is one of the great red lights by which God keeps His elect out of fatal paths.... "For we must note most carefully that a holy life is to be lived by us. Whither does this principle, whose impelling power takes the place of the flesh, lead us? We should pray that God would grant unto us according to the riches of His glory, that we may be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. IV. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". 2. 3. 3. For as the, sinner's state of mind is "enmity against God," (Romans 8:7), so in this state he "cannot please God" (Romans 8:8). To quicken and provoke us so much the more hereunto, let us take in these considerations with us. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". Again, “If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off.” The right hand is the emblem of dignity--Joseph sits at the right hand of Pharaoh; of power “Thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things”; of friendship--“To me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship”; of covenants--“Though Coniah were the signet on My right hand”; of industry and business--“Let my right hand forget her cunning.”If, then, the “right hand” that casts a stumbling-block in our way is to be “cut off,” then is the place of secular dignity to be resigned, if we find it lifting up our hearts above humility. And its fruits comprehend the actings of the mind, no less than those of the body [Note: Galatians 5:19-20.]. Thus the wrath of God is denounced against all who do not live to God, in obedience to His commands, but serve the lusts of the flesh, and do not seek salvation in the way He has appointed, however harmless and even useful they may be in society. 2012. “If ye by the Spirit,” etc. (b) Our selfish passions (Galatians 5:20, “hatred,” etc.). I. This plan is taken from Explore Bible devotional. Valentinian the emperor dying, gloried about one victory above the rest, and that was his victory over the flesh. by the grace and assistance of the Spirit. First, in the course of God’s justice, who hath so ordained it and appointed it (Romans 1:32). Our giving way to the same selfish, shameless passions, which we see in the lower animals, is letting the “brute” in us conquer. The godly themselves need this caution; they must not think, that because they are elected and justified, &c., that therefore they may do and live as they list. 65. 1871-8. Mortify; i.e. It tells you to take your chance of beginning at the end. Our apostle here adds a farther reason why a Christian should not live after the flesh; before, an arguement was drawn a debito, now a damno: He told us in the former verse we owed nothing to the flesh, here he acquaints us what losers we shall be by living to the flesh, If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; which words are a dreadful commination, and severe threatening. "Flesh" and "spirit" are essentially and unchangeably opposed (not substantially, however-as some dream-but morally); nor can the carnal mind, as such, be brought into real subjection to the law of God. "Scofield Reference Notes on Romans 8:13". Sin produces death in many forms, for example, separation of the body from the soul (physical death that may be premature for those who follow the flesh; cf. By way of improvement we shall add a word, [Suppose it had been written, “If ye live after the flesh, ye shall go to heaven;” could the generality take any surer way to obtain the blessing, than that which they now pursue? Through the Spirit - By the aid of the Spirit; by cherishing and cultivating his influences. None can overcome the strong man, but some one that is stronger than he indeed is. 13.For if ye will live after the flesh, etc. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die - Though μελλετε αποθνησκειν may mean, ye shall afterwards die, and this seems to indicate a temporal death, yet not exclusively of an eternal death; for both, and especially the latter, are necessarily implied. Consequently the reference is the same as in Romans 7:10-11. θανατοῦτε. Some would go back to live sinfully (2 Timothy 4:10; 2 Peter 2:20-22)..that means death. the deeds of the body, because the body is so instrumental in the doing thereof. We do it with the help of the Holy Spirit. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". (91) τοῦ σώματος) Others read, τῆς σαρκός. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". Sin may be left upon many considerations, and yet not mortified. Romans 8:1-4 Under the gospel we are free from condemnation, walking. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. Moses in the mount grasped them firmly with both hands. ), In the text itself there are two general parts considerable. This hostility begins in cutting off all the supplies of sin (Romans 13:14, etc.). Ver. Dangerous enemies must be handled with a quick severity. This cannot be eternal death, separation from God forever, in view of specific promises to the contrary (e.g, Romans 8:1; Romans 8:31-39). BibliographyDunagan, Mark. And that is here expressed to be the deeds of the body. Nor can there be a doubt but that this will be the fruit and consequence of a carnal life. "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". The Spirit so works in us, as also to work by us. 22; Polyb. Romans 4:24) indicates the “certum et constitutum esse secundum vim (divini) fati.” Ellendt, Lex. The body signifies corrupt nature, deeds are the products of it; all the sparks issue from the furnace within. Through the Spirit - By the aid of the Spirit; by cherishing and cultivating his influences. Occurances, Romans 12:4. 2. BibliographyGill, John. These Scriptures may not be sold or otherwise offered for sale. Vv. But if ye mortify the deeds, &c.] Either a man must kill here, or be killed, Aut fer, aut feri, as Queen Elizabeth often sighed and said to herself concerning the Queen of Scots. The Apostle thus repeats what he had affirmed in the sixth verse, that to be carnally minded is death. For if you live … - If you live to indulge your carnal propensities, you will sink to eternal death; Romans 7:23. Though it is the Spirit of God who enables us to mortify the deeds of the body, yet it is also said to be our own act. 2. It must be a quick and an uninterrupted severity. 1700-1703. The death here spoken of, as appears from the whole context, and from the nature of the life with which it is contrasted, cannot be the death of the body, either solely or mainly. 1917. To keep sin alive is to defend it against the will of God, and to challenge the combat with our Maker. (91) τοῦ σώματος) Others read, τῆς σαρκός. We know that to be a man we must be something more than a mere brute--for when we call any one a brute, what do we mean? The law in relation to our neighbor is there said to be simply that we do no “ill” to him. These workings of “the Spirit” are in endless conflict with the workings of the flesh (Galatians 5:17; Romans 8:7-25), but with no sufficient power to overcome them (Romans 7:18-19; Matthew 26:41); so that the result is only self-contradiction, self-condemnation, misery, and death (Romans 7:24). And the bond of friendship, if it has led us to soften down the points of distinction between the worldling and the believer, must be broken. “Ye shall live” a life of grace and holiness, of estrangement from the world and communion with God; of happiness, usefulness, and comfort on earth, and of glory and blessedness in heaven. (2) The sanctification of believers, as it has its whole foundation in the atoning death, so it has its living spring in the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:2-4). 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