Fourthly, it implies universality, that is, a resisting of all kind of sin, without exception. So at the general resurrection, when the body itself is redeemed from death, the sons of God shall be publicly owned by him in the great assembly of men and angels. For if you live … - If you live to indulge your carnal propensities, you will sink to eternal death; Romans 7:23. If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament, "For we must note most carefully that a holy life is to be lived, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "if we live after the flesh we shall die,", Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. But if ye by the Spirit, etc. Secondly, there must be a diligent heed for the avoiding of all occasions of sin and all inducements which lead thereunto. 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 on Romans 7:23). First, there is no true pleasure or contentment in it. Paul, the author, was a Hebrew by descent, a native of Tarsus in Cilicia, and educated by Gamaliel, the great Pharisaic teacher. 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. Even industry in business may be in our way, and if so we must consent to mortification here. 1. Thirdly, this mortification, it does imply a weakening of the power and vigour of sin in us. 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. Numberless are the passages of God’s word which will afford us the desired information; but there is not in the whole inspired volume one declaration more explicit than that before us. 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 7:10; Romans 7:24, Romans 8:6; Romans 8:10. Broadman Press 1932,33. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/romans-8.html. Surely not: for such a sentence is only a repetition of what the person has before passed upon himself: he has practically said to God, “Depart from me; I desire not the knowledge of thy ways [Note: Job 21:14-15. The destruction of sin is a slow and painful process. BibliographyHodge, Charles. “If ye live after the flesh ye shall die.” If you give way to those animal passions you shall die; not merely your bodies--they will die in any case--the animals do--for animals they are, and as animals die they must. The deeds of the flesh — Not only evil actions, but evil desires, tempers, thoughts. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/romans-8.html. But the converse is equally true of a life of spirituality, to express which, however, only a simple future is employed. We come into the world as animals do-eat, drink, sleep as they do--have the same passions as they have--and our carnal bodies die exactly as they die. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". How much more, therefore, when in fellowship with the Holy One? The Author. 1 Corinthians 11:30; 1 John 5:16). 2. Deeds of the body.‹37› It is commonly said that body is here equivalent to flesh, and therefore signifies corruption. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-8.html. But God"s Spirit dwells in us for the express object of being called "upon by us to put to death the doings of the body." 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. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Romans 8:13". Baumgarten defends the former, I leave it undetermined. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Present indicative of μελλω — mellō to be about to do and present active infinitive of αποτνησκω — apothnēskō to die. Note also, the continuance of the act, If ye do mortify, though they had already mortified sin, yet they are called upon to proceed in the work: The ax must be daily laid to the root, and the knife must still stick in the throat of sin, till it drop down dead. Conversely believers who follow God"s will with the enablement of the Holy Spirit and put the deeds of the body (i.e, the flesh; cf. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/romans-8.html. Such a way of speaking as this is used by the Jews; say they, "what shall a man do that he may live? 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. The complement: of the body, is not here the genitive of the instrument, but that of the author. Learn hence, That in mortifying sin, the Spirit's assistance and our endeavours must concur: Mortification indeed, is not the work of nature, yet man must be an agent in it, not in his own, but in God's strength; we have brought sin, that rebel, into our own souls, and we must use our own endeavours to cast it out: True, it cannot be done alone by ourselves, but it will never be done without ourselves; we can sin of ourselves, but cannot overcome sin by ourselves; we know how to be slaves, but are unable of ourselves to be conquerors. This arises from that strength and settlement which sin hath in the heart. That they who mortify the flesh shall live, is quite consistent with the truth that the gift of God is eternal life, Romans 6:23; and in this gift there is no respect to the merit of the receiver. "Commentary on Romans 8:13". If ye live agreeably to your carnal nature, without Christ and faith in Him, and according to the corrupt principles that belong to man in the state in which he is born, ye shall die. ];” “Be strong, and let not your hands be weak; for your work shall be rewarded [Note: 2 Chronicles 15:7.].”]. With God, final victory (Romans 8:2-4). We may well wonder at this marvellous grace of God, who has annexed such glorious consequences to our poor and feeble endeavours. First, the nature of sin and the thing itself, which is to be mortified, and that is our mortal and deadly enemy. 3. ‘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). The miserable state of the carnally minded, 6-8. If ye mortify - Kill, destroy these. it is replied, ימית עצמו, "he shall mortify himself";'. "Family Bible New Testament". ], 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. It is true that there is a sense in which believers are perfectly sanctified from the moment they believe. “If ye by the Spirit,” etc. Conformity to Christ is to fit us for heaven, He descended to the grave before He ascended; so our sins must die before our souls can mount. "Are Christians capable of dying spiritually? that is, indeed, the sins and miscarriages of the whole man. 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. Choose in time whether the better horse shall win or the worse. Romans 8:13 - JET - For if after the flesh you live, you must die:... 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