Ro 8:1-39. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. Such is the external evidence. The salvation of those who have renounced the law, and accepted the gracious offers of the gospel, is grown to be absolutely certain. In other words, Paul in Romans 8:1-11, introduces believers to ‘Trinitarian,’ theology … "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/romans-8.html. That there is now no condemnation to them that are in Him is according to our Lord’s declaration, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and ‘shall not come into condemnation.’ It is often remarked that the Apostle does not say that there is in them which are in Christ Jesus neither matter of accusation nor cause of condemnation; and yet this is all included in what he does say. “It will not leave even a root or branch. Surely not. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. He dwells in the heart by faith. When we turn our attention to him rather than to our own devices, he gives us the power we need to have victory over sin. It is to regulate and order the whole conversation according to the rule of the new creature, or according to the line and square of God’s word and Spirit. There is a certain play on the word “condemn.” By “condemning” the law of sin, Christ removed “condemnation” from the sinner. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. In essence, Romans 8:1-39 functions as a model prayer for every believer who finds oneself in challenging situations. "Commentary on Romans 8:1". To them there is no condemnation whatever; not only no final condemnation, but no condemnation now, from the moment of their union to Christ, and deliverance from the curse of the Law. About Paul’s letter to the *Romans About the first Christians in Rome. The righteousness of Christ imputed, secures the soul, the better part, from death. Yet he must live according to the Spirit, and not according to the flesh; for the latter works death, but the former life, walking, as they do, not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, too absolute to be trusted alone to the reader, Οὐδέν ἄρα νῦν κατάκριμα, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jews who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/romans-8.html. ‘Therefore’ sums up what precedes. We are in Christ when we are part of His body (the church, Ephesians 1:22-23). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jcp/romans-8.html. Some manuscripts have a longer reading for verse one. Commentary on Romans 8:1-9 (Read Romans 8:1-9) Believers may be chastened of the Lord, but will not be condemned with the world. Conclusion of the Whole Argument—The Glorious Completeness of Them That Are in Christ Jesus. "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". His humanity is the medium by which His divinity communicates itself with all its graces. A Christian is free from all things, above all things, faith giving him richly all things.’. In Christ, there is grace instead of condemnation. 8 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[ a] free from the law of sin and death. BibliographyPrice, Brad "Commentary on Romans 8:1". (1) That the gospel does not pronounce condemnation like the Law. Read Introduction to Romans 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,’ 1 Corinthians 12:13. The Law of the Spirit frees us from sin (verses 1-4) II. The soul has all its iniquities and sins: they become thenceforward the property of Christ. That is, it is not their principle and guide, there is another nature or principle in them, by which they are guided and acted; and what that is the next words tell you. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. And we regard the whole statement as amounting to this: 'Dire and deadly as is the struggle we have depicted between the law of the renewed mind and the law in the members, it is the struggle, after all, of those who cannot fail in it-of those who are in Christ Jesus, and as such have the very standing before God of Christ Himself. The connexion of these two shows that negative holiness is not enough; we must not only abstain from evil, but do good. He communicates His Spirit to us, which is as the soul that unites all the members of the body with the head, so that ‘he who is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit.’ On our part we receive Jesus Christ by faith produced in us by His Spirit, in order that we may reciprocally receive Him in our hearts. Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.—These words are wanting in the foremost representatives of every group of authorities (except, perhaps, those which belong to the region of Syria), and must certainly be omitted. In Romans 7 Paul describes his struggle against the sinful nature—a struggle that every believer experiences. Therefore now—With the self-surrender in faith to Christ of Romans 8:24, last chapter, deliverance from sin and law ensue, and with justification the Holy Spirit is given as the inspirer of regenerate life. Romans 8:1, KJV: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus. That army controlled all the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea. Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. At the same time, what is said in Romans 8:2 of "the law of sin and death" - the subject which had been so fully treated in the latter part of Romans 7:1-25 - shows that that same subject is still in the apostle's thoughts, and is what gave occasion to the inferential words, "Now therefore," or, 'In these circumstances, then.' The one never affords deliverance, but always condemns; the object of the other is to free from condemnation, and to set the soul at liberty. To “have the Spirit of Christ” is a converse expression for the same idea. But the exact connection is disputed. Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit: must be in Christ, in order to get rid of every condemnation, πνεῦμα Χριστοῦ ἔχειν, Accordingly, the Christian is aloof from all condemnation, because he is free from the law of sin—a result which the Mosaic law could not accomplish, but which God has accomplished through Christ. And this test also is easily applied. who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit—The evidence of manuscripts seems to show that this clause formed no part of the original text of this verse, but that the first part of it was early introduced, and the second later, from Ro 8:4, probably as an explanatory comment, and to make the transition to Ro 8:2 easier.Romans 8:1-4 Under the gospel we are free from condemnation, walkingafter the Spirit.Romans 8:5-8 The evil of being carnally minded, and the good of beingspiritually minded.Romans 8:9-11 Christians have God’s Spirit to guide and assist them,Romans 8:12,13 by which if they mortify the flesh, they shall live.Romans 8:14-18 For they that are led by the Spirit are sons of God,and heirs of glory,Romans 8:19-22 whose manifestation the world hath long earnestlylooked for, hoping to be rescued thereby from thebondage of corruption.Romans 8:23 And even they who have the first fruits of the Spiritdo still long after it,Romans 8:24,25 being hitherto saved by hope only,Romans 8:26,27 the Spirit in the mean time aiding their infirmitiesin prayer.Romans 8:28-30 Nevertheless the final good of them that fear God isall along pursued, being fore-ordained of God, andbrought about according to the course of his providence.Romans 8:31-39 The ground and assurance of the Christian’s hope.There is therefore now; seeing things are so as I have said, since believers do not allow themselves in sin, Romans 7:15, and are in part delivered from it, as Romans 8:25, therefore it follows as it is here. "Living By Faith: Commentary on Romans". That such is the insufficiency of the law, he proved by exhibiting its operation both on the renewed and unrenewed mind. Chapter eight begins a new emphasis in the book of Romans. Rather, being in Christ is better understood as a spiritual union (relationship) with Christ. Is not condemnation the bitterest drop in the cup of trembling? He had proved that, so far from this freedom from the law leading to the indulgence of sin, it is necessary to our sanctification, because the law is as inadequate to the production of holiness in the sinner, as it is to secure pardon or acceptance with god. No condemnation—For justification is acquittal, the opposite of condemnation. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. If you are reading Romans 8:1 in the KJV (translated from the Greek Textus Receptus) you will note the added phrase "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Christ is in believers by his Spirit, and believers are in Christ by faith. We are studying Romans 8:1-14 for Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day). With the view we have taken of the previous description, it seems best, to connect it with the thanksgiving. On account of this union, all believers bear the name of Christ, being that of their Head. Until this point in Romans, Paul has taken his hearers through the “shadowlands” of the faith.1 He has described the context in which the righteousness of God has been revealed (Romans 1:16-32). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/romans-8.html. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. The rich, the noble, the holy Bridegroom takes in marriage his poor, guilty, and despised spouse, delivers her from every evil, and enriches her with the most precious blessings. Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit: Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament, Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans, "Therefore" introduces a conclusion based on everything that Paul wrote from chapter3on, not just chapter7 , specifically, [Note: For three ways of interpreting the basis of no condemnation, see Chuck Lowe, ""There Is No Condemnation" (, "The Law condemns; but the believer has a new relationship to the Law, and therefore he cannot be condemned. Go to. As said above, the apostle here resumes his description of the gospel freedom from law rule, which he had suspended at Romans 7:6. Although, according to this view of the chapter, it is one whole, it may, for the sake of convenience, be divided into three sections. In chapter 7, he shows us that this death terminates our "marriage" to the Law. Our freedom from condemnation will only continue if we walk in the light and stand in God's grace (notice the if in 1 John 1:7). There is no condemnation now. In this chapter, we find victory. It’s the dense summary of Paul’s long and equally dense presentation, or perhaps argument, laying out the theology of justification by faith, redemption in Christ, and life in Christ Jesus/the Spirit. The οὐδὲν is emphatic: condemnation is in every sense out of the question. Who conduct, or live. Who would help him? Thus, by faith, the believer’s soul is delivered from sins, and clothed with the eternal righteousness of her bridegroom Christ. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. But here he does not speak in his own person, in order that we may not doubt that he refers to the condition of believers in general. "Commentary on Romans 8:1". The opening of this chapter is, therefore, connected in form with the close of the last. O happy union! Paul had now finished his exhibition of the plan of salvation. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/romans-8.html. “For indeed the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. Paul said that it is possible to avoid "condemnation" (katakrima), a term found only here and Romans 5:16; Romans 5:18. To walk after the Spirit, is not only now and then to have some good motions, or to do some good actions, but it is to persevere and go forward therein; walking is a continued and progressive motion. If Christians spurn the Lord and renounce Christianity, condemnation will be the result unless delinquent Christians repent (compare Galatians 5:4). It may be joined either (1.) ‘For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body being many, are one body; so also is Christ. This is a characteristic of a Christian. College Press, Joplin, MO. But in this verse he changes the number, and does not say, there is no condemnation to me, but to them, who are in Christ Jesus. 8:1-11. there is to such "NO CONDEMNATION." Beyond all doubt it is taken from the first branch of the argument (Romans 3:5), and is here regarded as an established truth which may now be assumed. The first verse in this chapter suggests certain words in the first century were catchwords. Also, notice the word therefore, which points the reader to the previous passage of Romans 7:21-25. As the debts of a wife must be discharged by her husband, and as, by her marriage, all her previous obligations are at once transferred to him, so the believer, being married to Christ, is no longer exposed to the curse of the law. It follows that a man whose purpose of life is to gratify his corrupt desires, cannot be a Christian. That context is that all people, whether Jew or Gentile have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Condemnation is the final execution of God"s righteous law, and therefore carries with it all that arms death with its sting and the grave with its terror. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." 1874-1909. If this reading is accepted (the KJV has it), it presents a contrast. And he begins in verse 1 with this most wonderful claim that sums up the Christian gospel: “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” That is the whole of the Gospel summed up in one sentence. Words in boxes are from the Bible. On the other hand, the whole clause is found only in D*** (a corrector of about the ninth or tenth century) E K L, most cursives, d*** (a corrector of the Latin of D, about the same date} the Arabic and Slavonic versions (both late), Theodoret, Theophylact, CEcumenius. Having accomplished all this, he leaves, in the chapter before us, the field of logical argument, and enters on the new and more elevated sphere of joyous exultation. To walk after the Spirit, is to be led and guided by the counsels and motions thereof. And they who have received a spiritual birth in Jesus Christ by baptism, and have remained faithful to the grace of their justification, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit, shall receive a recompense proportionate to their combats and labours. He dwells in our hearts by faith; and thus we learn what is meant when it is said we are justified by faith, not as being a work, or anything meritorious, but as the medium through which His righteousness, and all the graces and blessings that are in Jesus Christ, are communicated to our souls. (See the supplementary note at Romans 8:10.) 7. O the blessedness, then, of that word of grace and truth, worthy to be sounded through heaven and earth by the voice of cherubim and seraphim, "There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus!". — This is an inference from the general strain of the doctrine which the Apostle had been teaching in the preceding part of the Epistle; especially it follows from what he had asserted, in the sixth and seventh chapters, with respect to believers dying with Christ, and consequently being dead to sin and to the law. He casts His mantle upon us, and we are clothed; for He is the glorious Savior, blessed for ever.’ This union was typified under the law in the person of the high priest, who carried on his breast the twelve stones, on which were engraved the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel; so that, when he appeared before God, all the people appeared in him, thus showing that all believers are before God in Jesus Christ, their great High Priest. Whiteside offers a good parallel. Greek. He had shown that we are justified gratuitously, that is, by faith in jesus christ, without the works of the law. the most chilling, piercing note of that terrible trumpet which sounded so long and so loud from Sinai"s blazing top that all the people that were in the camp trembled? Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. We are eternally secure! The reason is this: that Christ hath endured the penalty, and obeyed the precept of the Law in their stead. 34 Charles Hodge, Commentary On the Epistle to the Romans (New York: A.C. Armstrong and Sons, 1893), 396, WORDsearch CROSS e-book. BibliographyPett, Peter. This chapter puts great emphasis on the Spirit of God; He is mentioned 19 times in the chapter. BibliographyPhilpot, Joseph Charles. The goal of the mind is different (verses 5-6) B. Is there any internal evidence to outweigh this testimony against the clause? Since there is fair evidence for the first half of it, is that part of it by itself likely to be genuine? νῦν is temporal: it distinguishes the Christian from the pre-Christian period of life. But this is no mere legal arrangement-it is a union in life; believers, through the indwelling of Christ's Spirit in them, having one life with Him, as truly as the head and the members of the same body have one life. Abiding in Jesus allows us to avoid all condemnation. 1859. Now no condemnation. Which are in Christ Jesus. What is the principle of their walk; the flesh or the Spirit, the old or the new nature, corruption or grace? faith and baptism. The whole chapter is a series of arguments, most beautifully arranged, in support of this one point. Interestingly, while the flavor of Romans 8 is exhortation, there is not a single command in the chapter. There is therefore no condemnation, &c. Condemnation.—The condemnation which in the present and final judgment of God impends over the sinner, is removed by the intervention of Christ, and by the union of the believer with Him. "Commentary on Romans 8:1". no condemnation: to them which are in Christ Jesus--As Christ, who \"knew no sin,\" was, to all legal effects, \"made sin for us,\" so are we, who believe in Him, to all legal effects, \"made the righteousness of God in Him\" ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ); and thus, one with Him in the divine reckoning. 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