The work of the Holy Ghost.—The work of the Holy Spirit within us is nothing unless to form the living Christ within each individual soul. Suppose by one course of conduct you could win a palace, while by another you might advantage men at the cost of your life, which would you choose? “We are created in Christ unto good works.” The Spirit changes the bias of a man. Now all this is identical with the moral temper. “If, on the other hand, any one have not the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him,” is not in communion of life with Christ, is not a true Christian; for αὐτοῦ refers to Christ, not to God (van Hengel). The sum of all comes to this, that we endeavour for our particulars to have the like in some degree and measure infused into us; and that so much the rather that we may be assured of His owning of us another day. 1700-1703. Thirdly, the apostle speaks not here to the Romans at large, but only to the believers amongst them: “To all that be at Rome, beloved of God and saints,” as it is Romans 1:7. "Family Bible New Testament". As the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father, emphatically (Acts 1:4), so also of the Son (Luke 24:49; John 14:1-31; Joh_15:1-27; Joh_16:1-33.). Specifically "how" does the Spirit dwell in one? 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. We will instance some few particulars which do sometimes deceive many people in this regard. He it is who fights against the flesh, hence the flesh fights against the Spirit.’. Curing the child’s fits. Theol. 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. Not sold under sin (Romans 7:14) any more. This wonderful change from darkness to light, through the entrance of the Spirit into the soul, is called regeneration, or the new birth. The Holy Spirit lifts us out of and above ourselves; the very flesh is not like the flesh of those who are its slaves. Many difficulties are removed by dealing with this spiritual aspect of the Divine nature. He is to a Christian what the soul is to a man. The Holy Ghost, then, may be called the Spirit of God, inasmuch as He cometh forth from God. Secondly, by a special spirit of discerning which was vouchsafed unto him. 7. Adam is still in him, which he is to mortify and throw out, but he is not in Adam.” First, take it simply in itself, “ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit”; where we have signified to us the state and condition of the children of God and the opinion which St. Paul has of them; and that is, not to be “carnal, but spiritual.” That is, they are not wholly swayed by their own corruption, but by the Spirit of God in them. It is the Holy Spirit who operates upon them to bring them back to God. The expression, to dwell in one, denotes intimacy of connection, and means that those things which are the fruits of the Spirit are produced in the heart. C. Romans 8:9. Paul proceeds on their Christian profession to draw from it a sure consequence in the supposed case of their profession being serious. For every earthly manifestation must be liable to misunderstanding, and therefore blasphemy against the Son of Man is not against the holy and loving Jesus, but against some false conceptions we have formed of Him in our own minds. As for “the devices of Satan [Note: 2 Corinthians 2:11. Yet in some special way it is God the Holy Ghost who dwelleth in us. ), Nothing is more desirable than a pleasant disposition. Specifically it should be observed that certain things are not said to be the fruit of the Spirit. He dwells in them by his sanctifying impressions, powerful assistance, quickening and comforting influences. How we may know if we have the Spirit (see verse 13). But the connection seems to demand that it should be understood in a sense similar to the expression “the Spirit of God,” and “the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus” Romans 8:11; and if so, it means the Spirit which Christ imparts, or sends to accomplish his work John 14:26, the Holy Spirit, sent to make us like Christ, and to sanctify our hearts. III. ‘But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it be that the Spirit of God dwells in you. It does not merely strengthen man’s natural generous feelings, such as made Scipio a greater conqueror when he gave back to her betrothed the captive virgin of intense beauty than when his earthly glories were crowned at the field of Zama; for, by the unknown grace of God, he had conquered himself. Christ’s Spirit--. Compare John 14:17; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 2 Timothy 1:14, etc. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". We may also look upon it reflexively, as coming from the apostle. cit[155] pp. The Structure of Romans 8. Have not the Spirit of Christ - The word “Spirit” is used in a great variety of significations in the Scriptures. Observe, 4. And where are you if you are not Christ’s? But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. The flesh that lusteth for vengeance had no rule in Him, but the Spirit of holiness and love. Romans 8 is the eighth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.It was authored by Paul the Apostle, while he was in Corinth in the mid+50s CE, with the help of an amanuensis (secretary), Tertius, who added his own greeting in Romans 16:22. Know Him (John 10:14; Joh_10:27), but we cannot know Him without the Spirit of Christ (Matthew 11:27; Galatians 1:16; John 16:14). BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. Dwelling it is an act of daily and constant residence. As a substitute Jesus suffered with man in his sins; He “Himself bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” And if any man have the Spirit of Christ he will have something of that vicarious sympathy for man’s redemption. Observe, 3. But He is variously described as “the Spirit of God,” “the Spirit of Christ,” and “the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead.” Beside all which, it is intimated that for the Spirit to dwell in us, is the same thing as for “Christ” to be in us. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. He had made history to be doctrine; He continued His sacred comment in the formation of the Church, superintending and overruling its human instruments, and bringing out our Saviour’s words and works, and the apostles’ illustrations of them, into acts of obedience and permanent ordinances, by the ministry of saints and martyrs. The Spirit of Jesus is that of God Himself, which He has so perfectly appropriated here below as to make it His personal life, so that He can communicate it to His own. Romans 8 ended with Paul's grand declaration that nothing can separate those who are in Christ Jesus from the love of God. That the Spirit of God dwell in you. 6. 1909-1922. And this is the reason why He is called “the earnest” of that Saviour who died for us, and will one day give us the fulness of His own presence in heaven. A more attractive Christian life. How strongly do we believe in free will or free agency? This is so upon these grounds. God made man in union with himself, and his heart was his temple. That there are defects in the best of men is certain; but that only makes the analogy more complete. It is the Holy Spirit who unites them to Christ the Lord. Now further, secondly, we may look upon it argumentatively, and in connection with the words immediately preceding, “Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit; because the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.” So that the Spirit’s inhabitation, it is an argument and proof of regeneration. The Spirit of Christ is a spirit of gentleness and forbearance, III. I will not leave you comfortless (orphans): I will come to you. This change of figure is quite common in the New Testament language respecting the Holy Spirit. II. In the case where long-lived sensualism has done its work, you see in the bloated countenance that the flesh has changed for the worse. ],” and “walk in the Spirit [Note: Galatians 5:25. "The Bible Study New Testament". The Spirit of Christ is a spirit of prayer.—Our Lord prayed at all times and in all places, not only at set services in the synagogue. ],” that so, by his effectual teaching, “we may know all things [Note: 1 John 2:20. Chapter 8. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist. . When he saith such a one is none of Christ’s, he means, that he doth not peculiarly belong to Christ, he hath no special interest in him, is no true member of him. Sympathy means to suffer with another. The plan of salvation is, as I have already acknowledged, understood by the veriest babe in Christ. In this verse the word spirit in the first occurrence imports the gift and grace of regeneration. ].” It is not till after many conflicts that he learns, what are the parts on which he is most open to assault, what are the stratagems whereby that wily adversary most successfully ensnares him, and what are the means by which he is to ensure the victory over all his assailants. The Expositor's Greek Testament. The Holy Spirit is elsewhere called the Spirit of Christ, Galatians 4:6; Philippians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:11. 3. Still there are “some things hard to be understood,” things into which even the angels desire to look--the deep things of God. Secondly, sweetness of nature and temper and constitution; it is not this which will suffice neither. But in the Spirit - That is, you are spiritually minded; you are under the direction and influence of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16; John 14:18; John 14:20, “I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever. “The life everlasting “is the undying vitality of those affections and graces which are part of the essence of the Holy Spirit of God. (Comp. "Commentary on Romans 8:9". 1879-90. The expression: to dwell in you, denotes a permanent fact; it is not enough to have some seasons of impulse, some outbursts of enthusiasm, mingled with practical infidelities. Yet I am only one and the same man, known to the world in three personalities. Week 3: Romans 8:9-11 (1) Look back on your notes for verses 1-8. σάρ. 3. Lastly, it is not Christian alliance, or relation to those who have grace and godliness and goodness in them. 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. They also had the indwelling Holy Spirit. But a distinction between them is not required by Romans 8:10-11 (see on that passage), and is decisively forbidden by Galatians 4:6, compared with Romans 8:14-16. 6, § 55. ],” and “quench” his sacred motions [Note: 1 Thessalonians 5:19. If a man is not influenced by the meek, pure, and holy spirit of the Lord Jesus, if he is not conformed to his image, if his life does not resemble that of the Saviour, he is a stranger to religion. For instance, there are some who glory in the name of Christians, as if the name were some great thing. He is not formed to receive evil; it is repugnant to his conscience. https: But in the spiritual man, the Holy Spirit, as “eye-salve,” clears away the film [Note: Revelation 3:18. And from this woeful defect flows the alienation of the whole soul from the life of God, that primitive light being eclipsed, the soul is separated from the influence of heaven. . He will make you like Christ, who lived for God, who was in constant communion with the Father, was always spiritual, always true, and always ready to do good to all. Every Christian has the Spirit of Christ dwelling in him. The Holy Spirit is compared to a seal (Ephesians 1:13).—A considerable trade in timber was carried on at Ephesus. Again, secondly. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The sad consequences of not having the Spirit. ],” the young believer is still “ignorant of them” to a great extent; and of “the wiles” whereby that subtle adversary deludes the souls of men, he has scarcely any conception [Note: Ephesians 6:11.]. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Again, this does not mean 'If any man have not the disposition or mind of Christ,' but 'If any man have not the Holy Spirit, here called "the Spirit of Christ," just as he is called "the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" (see the note at Romans 8:2). On that head, therefore, I feel no occasion to dwell. The blows He struck at the stoner were but to break his chains and set him free. Romans 8:15-17 For ye have … Examples are numerous: the woman in Simon’s house; the paralytic; His prayer for His enemies. https: So God’s children are sealed by His Spirit, and by that seal He knows them that are His. ἐν πνεύματι. None of His co-heirs. Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. "Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews". When Satan tempts you, remember what a greatness God has given you, to have in the hostelry of your souls God as your guest, to abide there, if you will, forever. Is it a real dwelling, or are those Scriptures to be understood in a figurative sense? See Moberly, op. And there was silence till Dr. Guion rose and said, “I know it is certain death; but somebody must do it. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. We in God, God in us.— οὗτος) this man in particular does not belong to Christ; and therefore this whole discourse has no reference to Him.— αὐ το͂ υ, His) Christ’s; he is a Christian, who belongs to Christ. The one expression is interchanged with the other: ‘If the Spirit of God dwell in you, you are true Christians; for if the Spirit of Christ be not in you, you are none of his.' Is it out of the abundance of the heart that our mouth speaks in prayer? This is put in opposition to everything less than itself. 3. It was meet for him to think this of them all, Philippians 1:7. True religion consists not in outward forms, peculiar garbs, or modes of speech, or anything that is ritualistic and external. The operation of the moon is not seen but in its effects: yet it is not on that account denied: the effects are unquestionable; nor can they reasonably be traced to any other cause; at all events they cannot in the smallest possible degree be ascribed to man. For this sin against the Holy Ghost there is no forgiveness. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object. If the Spirit of God did not really dwell in any of those whom the Apostle addressed, they were still in the flesh, notwithstanding all their profession, and all their present appearances, and his persuasion respecting them. https: This qualifying sentence is fitly subjoined, by which they were stirred up to examine themselves more closely, lest they should profess the name of Christ in vain. “Therefore we are debtors not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.”, 1. A.). 1685. “Christ came, not only that you might have life, but that you might have it more abundantly [Note: John 10:10. Chapter Contents. In a word, he will be renewed, not in his mind only, but “in the spirit of his mind [Note: Ephesians 4:23. So also Ephesians 2:18; Eph_2:22. to οἱ κατ. This does not mean, 'if the disposition or mind of God dwell in you; but if the Holy Spirit dwell in you,' (see 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 3:16, etc.) He is none of his] As the merchant sets his seal upon his goods, so doth God his Spirit upon all his people, Ephesians 1:13. Today’s passage helps us to understand that there is no such thing as a Christian who does not possess the Holy Spirit. Practically, it is both; for wherever the Spirit in His personal presence is, there will His influence be felt. And what is the result of all this? We read of those who “received the word with much affliction, and joy of the Holy Ghost [Note: 1 Thessalonians 1:6. Begets and forms a Christlike character. 2. (1 Corinthians 10:23; 1 John 1:8-10) "In the flesh" is the "mind set on the flesh", i.e. This Spirit--. Weiss, bibl. When our Lord entered upon His ministry, He acted as though He were a mere man, needing grace, and received the consecration of the Holy Spirit for our sakes. And we must always bear in mind what the Apostle has intimated, that gratuitous remission of sins can never be separated from the Spirit of regeneration; for this would be as it were to rend Christ asunder. VII. Love is essential to Christian knowledge. Secondly, a Spirit of patience in the wrongs and injuries which He endured. ].”, On the other hand, if any have experienced the workings of the Holy Spirit to bring them to Christ, let them watch and pray against temptation and sin of every kind, lest by any open or secret declension from the ways of God, they “grieve [Note: Ephesians 4:30. 1. 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.”. p. 346. Determines the condition of man. God’s revelation of Himself was progressive. On the other hand, you are debtors to the Spirit, to live after the Spirit. Whatever the genitive expresses in the one case, it does in the other. Person is the being who acts; influence is the effect of the action, and the question is, Is it the influence or the person of the Holy Spirit that dwells in the heart of believers? 1832. Those who are true believers, they have the Spirit of Christ in them thus, as they are changed in the spirit of their minds. ὄντες) ye are not in the flesh (see above), but in the Spirit, if so be that (‘provided that;’ not ‘since,’ as Chrys., Olsh., al., which would be ἐπείπερ: Chrys. 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