Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. The Expositor's Greek Testament. Therefore, brethren, etc. 2. "Commentary on Romans 8:12". The flesh once controlled us, but now we are free. But it is plain that his main purpose is positive, not negative. In Romans 7:18 Paul says "For I know that NOTHING GOOD DWELLS IN ME, that is, IN MY FLESH; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not." This would be the aim of our relation of debt to the flesh, if such a relation existed; we should have the carnal mode of life for our task. This is a new ground of security, Romans 8:14. Don't lose this truth. So the question is "Can believers still be literally "in the flesh?"" So if you favor only one sin, you leave a part of your soul unprotected—and the bullet of God's wrath may enter there—and shoot you! Secondly, another misery in a debtor is that he labours all for another many times and not for himself. [Our spirit is human, 1 Corinthians 2:11; and therefore its testimony is in itself not infallible, Malachi 2:16.—V. It is opposed to God, who commands us to crucify it. (Believer's Bible Commentary). New Testament Commentary Set,), Haldane adds that "No man overcomes the corruptions of his heart but by the influence of the Spirit of God. Every believer needs to be wary of that legalistic tendency of the flesh which can be easily "activated", leading to pride and making the outward event a substitute for the inward experience! Therefore in the present context Paul uses "body" as essentially synonymous with the old flesh. (Bolding added). Believing and obeying the gospel, receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, and thereby rejoicing in the grace of God, do not for a moment cause sin to be any less sin for the Christian. Sinless. But everyone is either “in the flesh” (v. 8) or “in the Spirit” (v. 9). He planned to stress that in the verses that follow. 3 For j God has done what the law, k weakened by the flesh, l could not do. We are debtors for that life and power and must some day give an account of how we have used or neglected it. See Is sinless perfection possible in this life? It indicates a necessary consequence. A debtor to mercy alone (2.) Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. (See sermon Romans 8:5-17). However we can only do so with the Spirit"s help. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 12:1-8 EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12:1-2. 1986. This verse balances a moment-by-moment dependence upon the Spirit with a tough-minded attitude toward the flesh. He uses thanatoo one other time in Romans 8 writing "Just as it is written, “FOR THY SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” (Ro 8:36). Oh blessed Spirit! We as believers are under a "new management" team so to speak, to Whom we are now obligated. Commentary (Sermon Notes) Romans Chapter 8 Matthew Janzen What the Law Could Not Do Romans 8 - Pt .1 Text: Romans 8:1-8 I. Do it depending on the Spirit, for only He can enable us to successively keep this command! (God's Heirs), Live (2198) (zao) according to some commentators is purely an eschatological reference. “If ye.” The believer is not a cipher in this work. I've got to learn to get into the Word of God. Why would we give in to our flesh which is a murderer and has done nothing but prepare us for everlasting torment (had Christ not rescued us)? And then he told me that no one else had ever seen a sheep eat while lying down. Beloved just try to keep this in your own power - as with all commands, this is a call for us to jettison self reliance and to instead rely on the Spirit Who is in us to give us the desire and the power to live pleasing to God - cp Phil 2:13) that you should obey its lusts 13 and do not go on presenting (also present imperative with a negative - again the same qualifier - carry this out in dependence of the Spirit!) We cannot do a thing. In consequence, this same God who raised up Christ from the dead shall keep on furnishing life within the framework of our mortal bodies, through this indwelling Holy Spirit. Scripture: Romans 8:12–17. (Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency). 8. Paul had just shown that believers were distinguished by the indwelling of the Spirit. How You Can Know You’re a Child of God. In verse 25 Paul emphasises again his moral struggle, which he described in verses 14-24. 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