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But he that is spiritual, judgeth all things (having a clear and just perception of them); yet he himself is judged of no man (for it were a downright absurdity for a blind man to sit in judgment on one who sees); For who (i.e. Is it a real dwelling, or are those Scriptures to be understood in a figurative sense? Second, He is called the Spirit of Christ not only as bestowed upon Him, but as bestowed by Him. Christ, then, who sends the Holy Spirit, must be God. Man was created in God's image; and, although sin has eroded and defaced the sacred likeness, enough divinity remains in every man, regardless of how wicked he is, to enable him to exercise the option of whom he wills to serve. Walking in common sandals, seated with publicans and sinners. ‘But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Thirdly, a Spirit of pity and compassion and tenderness of heart, especially to the souls of men, and in reference to their eternal salvation. And in so many portions of Holy Scripture—our text for instance—the Spirit of God is spoken of as the Spirit of Christ. The Spirit of God . "Commentary on Romans 8:9". The Biblical Illustrator. Now secondly. Fifthly, in a way of comfort and special consolation, while he evidences to us our state and condition in grace, and gives us hope of future salvation, which is that which He likewise does for us. He impresses on us our Heavenly Father’s image, which we lost when Adam fell, and disposes us to seek His presence by the very instinct of our new nature. V. Work. The nature of this indwelling of the Spirit.—It is (a) personal; (b) privileged; (c) progressive. Hence it appears that the merely rational man labours under a twofold disadvantage in comparison of the spiritual man: he looks through a dense medium of sense, which distorts, or altogether conceals, the objects before him; and he wants that peculiar glass of faith, which would present them truly, and bring them, if I may so say, directly upon the retina of his mind. ], and can be known in no other way [Note: 1 Corinthians 2:11-12.]. Secondly, when it is said that the Spirit of God dwells in us; hereby is signified not only His presence, but His activity and operation. There are some who have him not, nor never will have him, being none of Christ's; and God's elect, whilst in an unregenerate state, are without him; and whilst such, though they are his chosen and adopted ones, they are his by his Father's gift and his own purchase, they are his pardoned ones through his blood, and his justified ones through his righteousness; yet they are not his regenerated, called, and sanctified ones; nor can they claim any interest in him; nor are they known to be his by themselves or others; nor have they any communion with him, or enjoyment of him. First, He is called the Spirit of Christ, as He is in a special manner bestowed upon Him and received by Him (John 3:34; Luke 4:1; John 1:14; Colossians 1:19). He went about doing good. Romans 8:9. Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. When does one receive the indwelling Spirit? 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you. Why? Ha is none of his. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, If so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you -, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans, If so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, I. In this notable verse we would discriminate between the statement, “The Spirit of God dwelleth in you,” as the word oikei is from oikos, “a house,” and means to abide in you, like a person living in a house, which is peculiar to the sanctified experience; for during the regenerated life “He is with you” (John 14:16), in the capacity of an Architect, coming and going, working on the building, but when it is completed in entire sanctification, moving into it to permanently abide; and “If any one have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” which is comprehensive of the regenerated state as well as the sanctified. “the deceitfulness of sin [Note: Hebrews 3:13. ].”, I merely give these things as samples only of what the Holy Spirit will effect in the believing soul as a Teacher; for the same powerful agency is extended to every part of divine truth, and every part, also, of Christian experience, seeing that he is expressly promised to “guide us into all truth [Note: John 16:13. Nor are they yet said to be according to the Spirit, because they are filled with God’s Spirit, (which is now the case with none,) but because they have the Spirit dwelling in them, though they find some remains of the flesh still remaining in them: at the same time it cannot dwell in them without having the superiority; for it must be observed that man’s state is known by the power that bears rule in him. Paul"s readers were not those who only had a sinful human nature. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". How is it effected in the river? However, those who … "Here the great mark of a true Christian Isaiah , that the Spirit of God dwells in him." It is worthy, however, of observation, that the comforts which he administers at an earlier, and at a more advanced period, are, for the most part, widely different; the one being rather of a tumultuous nature, the other more serene; the one more transient, the other more abiding; the one elevating the spirits of a man on account of the good that has accrued to him; the other humbling and abasing his soul, on account of his great unworthiness: the one is a fire recently kindled, in which there is a considerable mixture of flame and smoke; the other like a fire that has become bright and solid, and burns with an unobtrusive, but mighty, efficacy. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.g. ]?” Hence it is evident, that this is a truth, of which we must not only have the actual experience, but a consciousness also, that it is realized in us: and the man who questions it as a matter of Christian experience, has yet to learn the very first principles of the Christian faith: for even to the murderers of our Lord did St. Peter on the day of Pentecost announce, that this blessing should be theirs; and that too even to their latest posterity: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost: for the promise is to you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call [Note: Acts 2:38-39. BibliographyNisbet, James. There are only two definitions of the Divine essence in the New Testament, and both agree with this--“God is a Spirit,” “God is love.”. Romans Chapter 9 explains that God has the right to make us how He pleases. ; 2 Corinthians 3:3-4. we still answer--his inward affections. 19. They dwell and walk in the realm of the Spirit. So in reading chapter 8, we will notice a number of themes picked up again from chapter 5. ].” At first he is represented in the Scriptures as “a child, then as a young man, and then as a father [Note: 1 John 2:12-14. "Family Bible New Testament". 2 John 1:9. We are not in the flesh, but alas: the flesh is still in us, “A boat has been sailing on the salt ocean, it has come through many a storm, and, half full of briny water, it is now sailing on the fresh water of the river. The Holy Spirit has from the beginning pleaded with man (Genesis 6:3). The Spirit of Christ is indeed the presence of Christ Himself in the soul. Dwell in you.—This expression is the complement of the other “to be in the Spirit,” “to be in Christ.” It denotes the closest possible contact and influence of spirit upon spirit. He pours in both the oil of grace, and also the oil of joy and gladness into their hearts. Baal Hatturim in Genesis 1,2. Have we this spirit of unselfishness? The consideration of this point may be drawn forth into this following improvement. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hal/romans-8.html. IV. ]; and, being given to us for this end, he enables the believer gradually to dive more and more deeply into this mystery, which the human eye cannot penetrate, at least not so penetrate as to behold its excellency [Note: Ephesians 1:17-18.]. I will not leave you comfortless (orphans): I will come to you. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit,.... That is, ye are not carnal, but spiritual men; or ye are not in a state of unregeneracy, but in a state of grace: the reason proving this is. This conditional form is ‘an indirect incitement to self-examination’ (Meyer), and does not imply special doubt. Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular, Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular. We may be regular in our attendance at church, but this will not excuse our ungodliness at home. Paul called this partial infusion of the Holy Spirit "the earnest of our inheritance" (Ephesians 1:13,14) The token quantity of this gift is ample to supply the child of God with all the help that he needs, but it is not enough to make him independent, either of the community of believers or of the word of God. What we are going to do today is begin to walk through some chapters in the book of Romans. (Elnathan Parr, B. See Galatians 4:6. And yet fifthly also, a Spirit of zeal. This word does not positively express a doubt, as εἴγε would do, if at least (Colossians 1:23). Observe, 4. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 1. II. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". ), As Jerusalem was the glory of the world, because of the temple of God, so are the regenerate of all mere most glorious, because they are the temples of the Holy Ghost. 5. But I wish to guard against a common misapprehension respecting this spiritual life. But the excellency of it will be more and more deloped to him, till, from the obscurity of the morning dawn, he attains the fuller light of the meridian sun; according as it is written by the prophet; “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his goings forth are prepared as the morning [Note: Hosea 6:3. To unfold these things to the soul is the Holy Spirit’s office. εἰ δέ τις κ.τ.λ. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". Romans 9 turns a sharp corner and finds Paul heartbroken that his people, the Jews, have rejected Christ. And yet we must beware of being too dogmatic, for God is such that it is impossible for the Holy Spirit to be present without the Father and the Son. We want the work easy if we are to perform it, the religious service short if we are to survive it. There are, as we all know, different kinds of life—vegetable, animal, and rational—each rising above the other, and each, in its order, evincing a manifest superiority above that which is below it. He is none of his — He is not a member of Christ; not a Christian; not in a state of salvation. Love is essential to Christian knowledge. In proportion as they describe the Divine Being under the form of goodness, truth, and wisdom, as the breath which is the animating life of our souls and of religion, in that proportion they describe Him as He is. Man must be able to approach the "lead" objectively, understand it, and respond positively or negatively. 1. Antithesis of εἴπερ … ὑμῖν, rendering very apparent the necessity of that assumption. “I and My Father are one.” Christ’s temper was--. It may possibly have this meaning here, and denotes that he who has not the temper or disposition of Christ is not his, or has no evidence of piety. Week 3: Romans 8:9-11 (1) Look back on your notes for verses 1-8. 1896. The merchant selected his timber, paid for it, and stamped it with his own signet just as timber-merchants put the initial letter of their names on their timber now. Were you entertaining a highly honoured guest, everything in the domestic arrangement would be ordered to suit his taste. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". And are we trying to respond to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit? ], and “seals them unto the day of redemption [Note: 2 Corinthians 1:22. with Ephesians 1:17. Compare Ephesians 5:18 "filled with the Spirit"; and Colossians 3:16 "Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you". We may be particular in our observance of the outward forms of religion, but they are worthless if they are forms only. Secondly, as the Spirit of God dwells in us to teach us what is to be done, so to provoke and stir us up to the doing of it upon all occasions. Surely the conscience of a regenerate man is a very paradise in which God’s good Spirit dwelleth not for a short time, but forever. BibliographySchaff, Philip. The dew of one summer night does more good than ten whirlwinds. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc. No true Christian, by virtue of his possessing the Spirit, should ever consider himself free to discard the sacred scriptures and "feel" his way to glory; and yet one gets the impression that some feel that way about it. Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11) is none other than the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God. ), I. And no doubt some will be found to have escaped for a time the pollutions of the world, who may afterwards show that they were never renewed in heart. Fourthly, those who have not the Spirit of Christ they are none of His, because they are altogether unlike Him and different from Him, yea, indeed contrary to Him. III. Spurgeon. 1909-1922. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. respecting such an order as this, 1 Corinthians 12:4, etc; Ephesians 4:4, etc.— ἐν ὑμῖν, in you) In, a particle very carefully to be attended to in this chapter, Romans 8:1-4; Romans 8:8-11; Romans 8:15, concerning the carnal and spiritual state. But that glorious right of decision makes all the difference. Not even Satan can demur or countermand the soul's high order to re-enthrone the Christ within! V. It is the eternal spirit of goodness and truth which must write his commands on our hearts. It is a good incentive to any to be better when they are commended for what already they are. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". ].” In fact, this is the promise which was originally made to Abraham for himself and all his believing posterity, whether of the Jewish or Gentile world, even “the promise of the Spirit through faith [Note: Galatians 3:14. But you do not live. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-8.html. But does the Spirit in this His peculiar dispensation dwell in man? Spirit, not flesh, is even now the atmosphere and inspiration of the Christian life. cit[155] pp. 2. often speak of רוח המשיח, or רוחא דמשיח "the spirit of the Messiah". The spiritual life is exercised on things that are matters of pure revelation, which reason is not of itself able to apprehend. We will instance some few particulars which do sometimes deceive many people in this regard. The fact. We are to refer Romans 8:11 [The Spirit of Him that raised Jesus] to “the Spirit of God” in this verse, and Christ in you—[the Spirit is life] Romans 8:10, to “the Spirit of Christ” in this verse. So we can see the effects of the gracious work of the Holy Spirit. It is as "the Spirit of Christ" that the Holy Spirit takes possession of believers, introducing into them all the gracious dove-like dispositions which dwelt in Him (Matthew 3:16; John 3:34). St. John adds, after speaking of “our fellowship with the Father and His Son”: “These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” What is fulness of joy but peace? You can please God, for you are not in the flesh, etc. Compare John 14:17; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 2 Timothy 1:14, etc. But the Christian is under the influence of the Spirit if the Spirit of God dwells in him. The effects of these are illumination, sanctification, supplication, and consolation. How often and how simply it is said, “The Holy Ghost dwelleth in you” (verse 11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1Co_6:9). 9 I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. God made man in union with himself, and his heart was his temple. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. p. 202), is perfectly suitable, and with it the following antithetic εἰ δέ corresponds. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object. Every Christian has the Spirit of Christ dwelling in him. Before continuing it the apostle throws in by the way the serious warning contained in Romans 8:9 b, which raises the supposition contrary to that of the εἴπερ, if really, and shows also the consequence which would flow from it. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Busy in the private circle, in the Sabbath school, in Church, busy everywhere for God and Christ, and heaven. The Spirit of Christ is a spirit of gentleness and forbearance, III. to οἱ κατ. If any of us lack moral courage to bear insult or contempt for Christ’s sake, if we are tempted to hide our religion away when we are in the company of the ungodly, then let our prayer be that God would grant us the Spirit of Christ, the spirit of endurance. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. That "leading" or "influence" then becomes a form of teaching--in essence, revelation of divine will in addition to the written word. 3. 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