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1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3 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:

4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

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.

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.

13 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.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 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.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 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.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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.

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.

29 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.

30 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.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? 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.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Commentary for Romans 8

The freedom of believers from condemnation. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. (10-17) Their hopeful prospects under tribulations. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. (26,27) Their interest in the love of God. (28-31) Their final triumph, through Christ. (32-39)

1-9 Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. By their union with Christ through faith, they are thus secured. What is the principle of their walk; the flesh or the Spirit, the old or the new nature, corruption or grace? For which of these do we make provision, by which are we governed? The unrenewed will is unable to keep any commandment fully. And the law, besides outward duties, requires inward obedience. God showed abhorrence of sin by the sufferings of his Son in the flesh, that the believer's person might be pardoned and justified. Thus satisfaction was made to Divine justice, and the way of salvation opened for the sinner. By the Spirit the law of love is written upon the heart, and though the righteousness of the law is not fulfilled by us, yet, blessed be God, it is fulfilled in us; there is that in all true believers, which answers the intention of the law. 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. Which way do our thoughts move with most pleasure? Which way go our plans and contrivances? Are we most wise for the world, or for our souls? Those that live in pleasure are dead, #1Ti 5:6|. A sanctified soul is a living soul; and that life is peace. The carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself. The carnal man may, by the power of Divine grace, be made subject to the law of God, but the carnal mind never can; that must be broken and driven out. We may know our real state and character by inquiring whether we have the Spirit of God and Christ, or not, ver. 9. Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit. Having the Spirit of Christ, means having a turn of mind in some degree like the mind that was in Christ Jesus, and is to be shown by a life and conversation suitable to his precepts and example.

10-17 If the Spirit be in us, Christ is in us. He dwells in the heart by faith. Grace in the soul is its new nature; the soul is alive to God, and has begun its holy happiness which shall endure for ever. The righteousness of Christ imputed, secures the soul, the better part, from death. From hence we see how much it is our duty to walk, not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. If any habitually live according to corrupt lustings, they will certainly perish in their sins, whatever they profess. And what can a worldly life present, worthy for a moment to be put against this noble prize of our high calling? Let us then, by the Spirit, endeavour more and more to mortify the flesh. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit brings a new and Divine life to the soul, though in a feeble state. And the sons of God have the Spirit to work in them the disposition of children; they have not the spirit of bondage, which the Old Testament church was under, through the darkness of that dispensation. The Spirit of adoption was not then plentifully poured out. Also it refers to that spirit of bondage, under which many saints were at their conversion. Many speak peace to themselves, to whom God does not speak peace. But those who are sanctified, have God's Spirit witnessing with their spirits, in and by his speaking peace to the soul. Though we may now seem to be losers for Christ, we shall not, we cannot, be losers by him in the end.

18-25 The sufferings of the saints strike no deeper than the things of time, last no longer than the present time, are light afflictions, and but for a moment. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! Indeed the whole creation seems to wait with earnest expectation for the period when the children of God shall be manifested in the glory prepared for them. There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which has come upon the creature by the fall of man. There is an enmity of one creature to another. And they are used, or abused rather, by men as instruments of sin. Yet this deplorable state of the creation is in hope. God will deliver it from thus being held in bondage to man's depravity. The miseries of the human race, through their own and each other's wickedness, declare that the world is not always to continue as it is. Our having received the first-fruits of the Spirit, quickens our desires, encourages our hopes, and raises our expectations. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. As to man, not a tear has been shed, not a groan has been uttered, not a pang has been felt, in body or mind, that has not come from sin. This is not all; sin is to be looked at as it affects the glory of God. Of this how fearfully regardless are the bulk of mankind! Believers have been brought into a state of safety; but their comfort consists rather in hope than in enjoyment. From this hope they cannot be turned by the vain expectation of finding satisfaction in the things of time and sense. We need patience, our way is rough and long; but He that shall come, will come, though he seems to tarry.

26,27 Though the infirmities of Christians are many and great, so that they would be overpowered if left to themselves, yet the Holy Spirit supports them. 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. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all desires toward God, which are often more than words can utter. The Spirit who searches the hearts, can perceive the mind and will of the spirit, the renewed mind, and advocates his cause. The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not.

28-31 That is good for the saints which does their souls good. 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. When the saints act out of character, corrections will be employed to bring them back again. And here is the order of the causes of our salvation, a golden chain, one which cannot be broken. 1. Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son. All that God designed for glory and happiness as the end, he decreed to grace and holiness as the way. The whole human race deserved destruction; but for reasons not perfectly known to us, God determined to recover some by regeneration and the power of his grace. He predestinated, or before decreed, that they should be conformed to the image of his Son. In this life they are in part renewed, and walk in his steps. 2. Whom he did predestinate, them he also called. 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. This is the gospel call. The love of God, ruling in the hearts of those who once were enemies to him, proves that they have been called according to his purpose. 3. Whom he called, them he also justified. None are thus justified but those that are effectually called. Those who stand out against the gospel call, abide under guilt and wrath. 4. Whom he justified, them he also glorified. The power of corruption being broken in effectual calling, and the guilt of sin removed in justification, nothing can come between that soul and glory. This encourages our faith and hope; for, as for God, his way, his work, is perfect. The apostle speaks as one amazed, and swallowed up in admiration, wondering at the height and depth, and length and breadth, of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. The more we know of other things, the less we wonder; but the further we are led into gospel mysteries, the more we are affected by them. While God is for us, and we keep in his love, we may with holy boldness defy all the powers of darkness.

32-39 All things whatever, in heaven and earth, are not so great a display of God's free love, as the gift of his coequal Son to be the atonement on the cross for the sin of man; and all the rest follows upon union with him, and interest in him. All things, all which can be the causes or means of any real good to the faithful Christian. He that has prepared a crown and a kingdom for us, will give us what we need in the way to it. Men may justify themselves, though the accusations are in full force against them; but if God justifies, that answers all. By Christ we are thus secured. By the merit of his death he paid our debt. Yea, rather that is risen again. This is convincing evidence that Divine justice was satisfied. We have such a Friend at the right hand of God; all power is given to him. He is there, making intercession. Believer! does your soul say within you, Oh that he were mine! and oh that I were his; that I could please him and live to him! 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. You are condemned, yet Christ is dead and risen. Flee to Him as such. God having manifested his love in giving his own Son for us, can we think that any thing should turn aside or do away that love? Troubles neither cause nor show any abatement of his love. Whatever believers may be separated from, enough remains. None can take Christ from the believer: none can take the believer from Him; and that is enough. All other hazards signify nothing. Alas, poor sinners! though you abound with the possessions of this world, what vain things are they! Can you say of any of them, Who shall separate us? You may be removed from pleasant dwellings, and friends, and estates. You may even live to see and seek your parting. At last you must part, for you must die. Then farewell, all this world accounts most valuable. And what hast thou left, poor soul, who hast not Christ, but that which thou wouldest gladly part with, and canst not; the condemning guilt of all thy sins! But the soul that is in Christ, when other things are pulled away, cleaves to Christ, and these separations pain him not. Yea, when death comes, that breaks all other unions, even that of the soul and body, it carries the believer's soul into the nearest union with its beloved Lord Jesus, and the full enjoyment of him for ever.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Romans 8

  • Olong Ronald on Romans 8
    Sin can separate us from the love of God
  • Rj on Romans 8:34
    Could someone explain predestination to me? Does that mean that someone could be thinking they are saved but are not? Could that mean we are praying for some that have no chance? I must have this wrong, how will someone know if they are truly saved? How do i explain this to those who ask me?
  • Brendan - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    Predestination refers to first Earth age-Genesis 1:1. It was perfect and beautiful. We all existed in Spirit bodies. Genesis 1:2 refers to the destruction of the first Earth age. It will take too long in writing to explain so I refer you to YouTube. Three world ages Shepherds Chapel. Find out about the elect. Those that stood with God ago lucifer. This is the mystery that Paul writes about.
  • Frank - in Reply on Romans 8:24
    This passage is a clear exposition of the Biblical doctrine of Election. Man does not will himself to be saved, it is entirely a work of the Spirit of God. See John 1:12, 13 - we are born of God, we do not give birth to ourselves by asking Jesus into our hearts. Show me an example of anyone in Scripture being saved by praying a prayer to ask Jesus into their heart. Also John 3 explains that the Spirit does a work that can only be seen by its effects like the wind blowing through the trees and being born again is something the God wills and performs in us. Also 1 Cor 13:48 - only those that God ordained will come to Him by faith. See Arthur Pink on the doctrine of Election: search google for monergism pink election pdf - this website will not allow me to post the link
  • Mishael - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    God created us in His own Image and Likeness. God gave Adam & Eve free will.

    All humans have free will. To choose right or to choose wrong. Jesus stands at the door of our hearts and knocks. If you opened that door and asked Jesus to come into your heart Forever, then you are his child now. I am my beloveds, and my beloved is Mine.

    Some people run away like the prodigal son and sin for a season; but you can always run back to Jesus and rededicate your life if you really mean it. Stay strong with God.

    Satans name is accuser. He tries to get us to recant every day, as long as he thinks he has a chance to do that. If your spiritual ears hear that mean accusing voice: say, I resist you devil, in the name of Jesus! You must flee now into outer darkness and dry places!!

    Hold on to what you know and go forward: follow Jesus. Call 1 800 700 7000 and ask for a Bible. I send them money for these kind of things. My gift to you :)
  • Chris - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    Rj, I understand Predestination (as for example, given in Eph 1:4,5) as entirely a matter of God's Knowledge ONLY & not brought into our realm of understanding or even, our concern. God wouldn't be the Omniscient God He is, if He didn't know the beginning from the end, about each of our lives (even before our birth), & our future response to Him. So when I read this passage that we have been chosen & predestined, it doesn't mean that God specifically chose some & not others, as that would mean that the God of the Bible is not a God of Love & Mercy to all. He does love all of us more than we can imagine & not willing that any of us go to Hell & that is why Jesus commanded His disciples (Mt 28:18-20) to go into all the world to preach the Gospel so we all get the opportunity to be saved.

    Yet, God still knows that even with the preaching of the Gospel, many will totally reject His Son, preferring Hell to Heaven. This Knowledge of God reveals His Predestination for each of us. God never refuses a pleading sinner who comes to Him for salvation, but God knows those that won't come & this only serves to prove His knowledge & predestining that person to Hell.

    So if one is truly born again, he will know it because of the Spirit's change in him & a new life of power, of love & a sound (spiritual) mind. His salvation is proof to him of already been known by God - hence his predestination to eternal life. Our prayers for the unsaved are simply our cry to God for the Spirit to convict them of sin; we can never presume to know who are going to be saved & who are not - that is all in God's knowledge - our knowledge is our commission to share the Gospel. So, if a person wants to know for sure whether he is saved, he has had to truly repent, believe in the work of the Cross, receive Christ by faith, experience new birth from the Spirit, be water baptized soon after, & live as a child of God in study of the Word, prayer, fellowship & engaging victoriously in spiritual battles.
  • Adam - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    Hello, I don't believe our lives are predestined the way most think of the word. I believe God can have a general plan or will for our life, for example, what talents and abilities and gifts we have, but I don't believe every detail is planned out. That would go against freewill. We're not robots. We are tested in this life whether we will choose good or evil, whether to love or hate. People have complete freewill to choose. Everyone has an opportunity to follow Jesus and be saved and spend an eternity in paradise. It's their choice. Praying for people is good. Praying that their heart will be open to the truth. We can't 'save' others though, only God does that, but secondly they must choose it themselves and if they genuinely believe and have faith and repent and confess their sins and turn their life to follow Jesus, or not.
  • Mishael TO Robert L - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    You must mix your faith with prayer. Receive it and believe you have what you ask for.

    If there is anyone whom you hate; forgive them as long as it takes to root in your heart. Even 70 times 7. Then God will hear your prayer.

    Pray the Lord's Prayer.

    Pray: In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I bind the works of the spirit of infirmity and the spirit of death. I cast you into outer darkness and dry places!

    Go now from the top of my head to the soles of my feet! I plead the Blood of Jesus over my body. I resist the devil and he MUST flee now!

    I pray the windows of heaven to pour out healing balm over my life, my body and all that I have.

    I pray dear God to lend me your warring angels to guard the 4 corners of my home and prevent the evil from returning so that I may rest now.

    In the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and my Lord. Amen

    Google AbeBooks dot com & get this book. It'll be used and inexpensive.

    Title: Healing The Sick by T.L. Osborn

    I got healed while reading it a few hours :)

    I had a migraine that felt like my skull was crushing. My 8 yr old son ran through the room while I was laid out flat in indescribable pain. I asked him to pray for me. He laid his hand on my head and said be healed, and ran out the door. I laid there some minutes. I had faith. I stood up. No pain. I walked up stairs. No pain. I shook my head. No pain. I ran outside and hugged my kid. Back inside I thanked the Lord about 30 times. I've been healed numerous times. He cares for you. Get that book and don't listen to other people that confess negative faith.

    Demons come back to see if you're serious about being saved and healed. You chase them out. Find some scriptures in the New Testament and say it out loud: IT IS WRITTEN!! And quote the scripture.

    Your faith is what makes it work. It is written: Jesus healed them ALL.

    Read the book. Let your faith get FAT and rock solid. Email me any time :D
  • Diana Chophy - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    Thank you for sharing your testimony
  • Mishael to Sad Mom - in Reply on Romans 8:34
    I think you need to pray this as a prayer over you and your daughter every day until that sadness is broken and becomes faith.

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke 4:18

    This a scripture about Jesus's ministry on earth.

    Now, Satan is the "big I Will" who causes pain & suffering to all Gods people, but he has no LEGAL right to do it. Jesus is your Advocate...your legal counsel. You petition Jesus to send satan out of your life; and out of your daughters life.

    If there has been angry words between you, then ask God to forgive you. Then ask her to forgive you. Forgiving others is an engine in our lives now. It opens the clogs of life.

    When I realized that I didn't have another 15 years to be angry & hurt I got set free immediately.

    You need to break up that fallow field that has just been growing nothing, to start growing something useful and beautiful; no longer sad or full of angry words. You'll know what to pray. I just go to psalm 51 when my faith gets the wind kicked out of it by my kid. God really is helping us. I read a book about the humility of Jesus; our example. It's not a monks robe or a sad expression. He got up every day, taught lessons to his disciples, prayed for the sick, raised the dead: HE did GOOD things. He didn't get discouraged and watch Dr Phil on tv. It really communicated to me. While I'm waiting on my miracle; I can go visit a few people in a nursing home or I helped people at church pack food boxes for the needy. I took magazines to waiting rooms at the doctors. Cookies to the fire Dept. If there is no noon prayer group at your church; start one.

    While we are in Gods waiting room there is lots we can do. Some day our miracle will show up. Have faith in God.


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