Neither the present nor the future. (105)— ζωὴ, life) and in it θλίψις, affliction, etc., Romans 8:35 : likewise length of life, tranquillity, and all living men [as opposed to angels]. It is altogether incorrect to explain: ‘neither anything dead nor anything living.’. their relation to God still continues; they have great nearness None of these things shall be hurtful, comp. Romans 8:38 f. The Apostle’s personal conviction given in confirmation of all that has been said, especially of Romans 8:37. πέπεισμαι cf. of 1896. But it is also applied to evil angels, as having dominion over people; archēnSome have supposed that it refers here to magistrates and those in authority who persecuted Christians; but the connection of the word with angels seems to require us to understand it of evil spirits. "Commentary on Romans 8:38". are as follow: death; that if all the nations of the world were gathered together, they 1905. are not their all, nor do they take off their value and esteem Romans 8:38 - For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, on https: The suggestions of “another world,” or of “aspects of reality out of relation to our faculties,” and therefore as yet unknown to us, are toys, remote from the seriousness and passion of the Apostle’s mind. They are thus called principalities, and also thrones, Colossians 1:16; but not kingdoms, for the kingdom belongs to the Son of God, 1 Corinthians 15:24-25.— οὔτε ἐνεστῶτα οὔτε μέλλοντα, nor things present nor things to come) Things past are not mentioned, not even sins; for they have all passed away. "Commentary on Romans 8:38". death separates men from the world, their worldly habitations and 1874-1909. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. Ed. The grammar for “am persuaded” is stand convinced. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. Romans 8:31-39 is one of the most encouraging and affirming passages in all of God's Word. And then we have a sublime conclusion. So that living or dying we are the Lord's." of life; and though "the prosperity of fools shall destroy them", Romans 8:31-39 – An Exegesis. God will continue to love us when we die, and He will continue to love us whatever may befall us now. ruin: nor things to come; his loving kindness be does not take away from them: nor angels; "Commentary on Romans 8:38". could not extinguish F14 or cause to cease F15, or The person that can"t allow themselves to trust God, will fail! the evils and pressures that are upon us now, or that shall be upon us hereafter. ( Proverbs Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Paul has established that God is for all of us who are in Christ; for those who have been saved by their faith. The Greek verb οἶδα (oida), translated as “we know,” is a perfect active indicative form of the verb, meaning “to observe and therefore perceive.” Commentary on Romans 8:26-39 View Bible Text . https: We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Hebrews 9:9. 1871-8. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. The things and which did not arise from any special and extraordinary 2 Timothy 1:12. οὔτε θάνατος οὔτε ζωὴ: death is mentioned first, either with Romans 8:36 in mind, or as the most tremendous enemy the Apostle could conceive. For the saints are viewed either individually, or as a united body. Personified life is armed with terrible dangers; and death is the very king of terrors. Persuaded—Such assurance does Christianity give me that I rest firmly upon it. 1897. Romans 8:38. 1. dunameisis often applied to magistrates; but it is also applied to evil spirits that have dominion over men; Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, for neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any creature whatsoever, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, εἰ καὶ ἄλλη τοσαύτη κτίσις ἦν ὅση ἡ ὁρωμένη, shall be able to sever us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, 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. 1879-90. DD. It all comes down to "conviction, faith, trust" (). Latin Vulgate, "I am certain." do endeavour it, by temptations to sin, and accusations for it; To refer the one term to the former, and the other to the latter, is both abrupt and arbitrary; to leave the evil spirits unnoticed in such a catalogue would seem strange- Hence, we may refer both terms to both classes, in the wide hypothesis the Apostle here conceives. them, but cannot succeed; for the saints are upon God's heart, Not all the forces, even, that move the astronomic worlds could separate the redeemed from Christ. latter, which is all they can do; yet they cannot separate 1859. "Commentary on Romans 8:38". Romans 8:34, and the order of its series, and Romans 8:36. Crit. The list here given exceeds the previous one; not only so, but to the great facts of God’s purpose, and the gracious facts of Christ’s work, there is added the subjective side, the personal confidence of the Apostle himself. So Paul in Colossians 1:16, speaks very indefinitely of thrones, dominions, principalities, powers; and in Ephesians 1:21, principality, power, might, dominion, and every thing named in this world and that to come. For I am persuaded; or, I am fully assured, not by any special revelation, but by the same spirit of faith, which is common to all believers, 2 Corinthians 4:13. This is introduced from Romans 8:34, in an admirable order: nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come: comp. As it is written, for thy sake we are killed This passage is a citation out of ( Psalms 44:22) ; and the meaning is, that for the sake of God, and his pure worship, Old Testament saints were frequently put to death, or exposed to the persecutions of men, which often issued in death; as New Testament saints have been, for the sake of Christ and his Gospel, even 38. them; these do not, nor cannot separate from the love of God; Nor life, neither its blandishments nor its trials. Romans 8:36. After God calls us into His family through the preaching of the good news of Jesus Christ, which includes His death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven for us, we come to love God in Christ. Romans … If Christ’s love can hold us in and through death, what is left for us to fear? Yet it is an undeniable fact that we are perfectly free and can turn away at will. Compare Romans 2:8 (obey). civil magistrates; who though they may separate them from their Neither death nor life is to be explained: explanations “only limit the flight of the Apostle’s thoughts just when they would soar above all limitation” (Gifford). (EntityRef: expecting '; ... More Romans commentaries. "Commentary on Romans 8:38". 2 If you belong to Christ Jesus, God's Spirit has given you a new life. deceived the elect of God, but that was impossible: nor things present; Romans 8:38 Context. Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven. 2 Thessalonians 2:2. For I am certain. enumerated, which are not able to separate from the love of God, https: tempted ones, by sympathizing with them, supporting and Present temptations also may be meant. the latter are also called angels absolutely, not merely angels of the devil; Matthew 25:41); 1 Corinthians 4:9; 1 Corinthians 6:3; 1 Corinthians 11:10; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 3:22; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6; Revelation 9:11, etc. … Continue reading "Commentary on Acts 2:1-4; Romans 8:14-39" manifested to us in Him; and it is only in Him that a Divine love is manifested which can inspire the triumphant assurance of this verse. 1999-2014. persuaded. Certus sum, Greek: pepeismai, persuasus sum. In desperate moments, the human soul raises the following question: Whom should I call? "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". never with respect to union to him, or interest in him; for he purposes of God; upon the promise and oath of God; upon adoption, Commentary on Romans Rosscup : This is a much-respected 746-pp. For Pentecost Sunday we have two texts that are different in focus but equally appropriate for declaring the good news of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. enistemi. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". the good things of this life, temporal enjoyments; these are though, for wise reasons, he is pleased for a moment to hide F16: nor powers; befall the children of God: nor life; "Commentary on Romans 8:38". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". for the love of God, which is better to them than all the things "If Christ's love can hold us in and through death, what is left for us to fear?" rejoice at their good, minister to them, are their guardians which they deceived many; and if it had been possible, would have Present desertions, or the hidings of God's face, which 2 Timothy 3:1. But to this it may be objected, that Paul frequently uses these terms in connection to designate the different orders of spiritual beings, Ephesians 1:21; Colossians 1:16; and secondly, that corresponding terms were in common use among the Jews in this sense. The Greek … carry about with them in this life, cannot separate them; sin has In Romans 8:38-39, the Apostle Paul lists some of the most dreadful things we encounter in life: fear of death, unseen forces, demons, powerful rulers, unknown future events, and even the fear of heights and drowning, to name a few. Romans 8:38-39 I really like this. He heaps words together in the effort to set forth fully the absolute inability of all created things, separately or united, to frustrate the purpose of God, or to turn away his love from those whom he has determined to save. through Romans 16:27, then several appendices on subjects relating to Romans. I acknowledge for my own part that the generally received order of the words is more easy, and the reader is free to choose either. This persuasion not only ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament". Latin version adds, "nor fortitude"; and the Ethiopic version, We don"t have control over the "externals nor many of the circumstances", but we do have control over what we choose to believe! moral or spiritual death, and an eternal one, these shall never For I am persuaded These words with the following, express the strong persuasion, and full assurance of faith the apostle had, that nothing whatever could separate him and the rest of God's people, from his love towards them in Christ Jesus. "The Bible Study New Testament". There are some, that think the good angels to be also here intended; and they understand it by way of supposition: q.d. 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. These words with the following, express the strong persuasion, 1 Corinthians 3:22. οὔτε ὕψωμα οὔτε βάθος: no dimensions of space. itself, the security of it in Christ, and of the persons of God's “I am persuaded that neither death nor life, angels nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor dynamites, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” All this is beautiful, true and eminently consolatory. Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, "For I am persuaded"-"I stand convinced" (Robertson p. 379) This is the key, as to why some Christians fail and others succeed. take away the love which is between God and his people Israel Hence we have an illustration of the order of the words. given in love; and though they may be but few, they are in mercy, Things future refer to whatever will occur to us either after our time in the world, or after that of the whole world has terminated, as the last judgment, the conflagration of the world, eternal punishment; or those things, which, though they now exist, will yet become known to us at length by name in the world to come, and not till then.— οὔτε δύναμις,1(106) nor power)(107) δύναμις often corresponds to the Hebrew word צבא, and signifies forces, hosts. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". BibliographyHodge, Charles. οὔτε ἄγγελοι οὔτε ἀρχαὶ: this, according to the best authorities, forms a second pair of forces conceivably hostile to the Christian. The former view is to be preferred. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? with the trials of life, and chastises them for their sins, yet bears on this very point, cf. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. God Bless you. the last day will gather all the elect together; but evil angels . archai). Principalities are the ranks and orders of beings in the background, never appearing to human view, and but dimly presupposed and rarely alluded to in Scripture. εἰ καὶ ἄλλη τοσαύτη κτίσις ἦν ὅση ἡ ὁρωμένη, ὅση ἡ νοητή, οὐδὲν ἄν με τῆς ἀγάπης ἐκείνης ἀπέστησε,—but any creature, such as are all the things named) shall be able to sever us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (here plainly enough God’s love to us in Christ,—to us, as we are in Christ, to us, manifested in and by Christ). and affections for departed friends, but it is not able to https: The first and second terms point to vicissitudes of time, the third to earthly powers of any kind. 1 Now we know this: God has forgiven those people who are united with Christ Jesus. 1897-1910. Again, present good things may be designed, love of God is better than this life, and this itself is the No force of any kind can remove us from His loving care. this natural and temporal life, which is frail and mortal; the Nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. spring from his love, and in them he afresh manifests his love to Proud member Fortunately it is power which I feel in my case, and doubtless in many others, will never be exercised; yet it is there. Romans 6:1-11 Death to Sin, Alive to God. and with a blessing; and the great mercy of all is, that these Greek. https: See John 8:51; John 10:28; John 11:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 2:14-15. None of the spiritual powers or influences which beset men’s lives can separate; cf. As in every pair there is a kind of contrast, some have sought one here also: either making ἄγγελοι good and ἀρχαὶ evil powers, though both spiritual; or ἄγγελοι heavenly, and ἀρχαὶ (as in Luke 12:11, Titus 3:1) earthly powers, in which case either might be either good or bad. "Whether we live, we live unto the Lord, or whether we die, we die unto the Lord. BibliographyAlford, Henry. glory. separate from the love of God; it is so far from it, that it lets [Note: Witmer, p475.]. the love of God, nor anything in it: the life of believers is Learn more. "nor powers"; and one copy adds it in the beginning of ( Romans 8:39 ) , "nor "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". Present things are the events, that happen to us during our earthly pilgrimage, or which befall the whole world, until it come to an end. neither soul nor body from the love of God: the Jews often say, Romans 6:19-23 It is Impossible to Be Neutral. 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