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"And when he had begun to settle them, there was brought to him one who owed (opheiletes) him ten thousand talents (such a large amount in essence it cannot be paid = Jesus is teaching about man's dependence on and responsibility to God who will settle accounts with His servants - ultimately only through the compassion of the creditor could such a high debt be remitted - and so men should forgive one another debts which by comparison are miniscule instead of insisting on their "legal" rights!). ‘So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh,’. But the destruction of habits is gradual. Indwelling sin is compared to a person, a living person, called "the old man," with his faculties, and properties, his wisdom, craft, subtlety, strength; this, says the apostle, must be killed, put to death, mortified, i.e., have its power, life, vigor, and strength, to produce its effects, taken away by the Spirit. You can find the best commentary on Romans for … The person who indulges one sin is a traitorous hypocrite! What is the danger? ), Remember that all biblical exhortations and commands to believers are based on the promises they already have from the Lord. Therefore, the apostle continues, we are debtors. Every Christian is a debtor that is bound and engaged to do this. Drop at verse 28"There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. The rich are indebted to them, for while the one hoard wealth the other make it. (Mt 18:24), "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were worse culprits (opheiletes; KJV renders it "sinners") than all the men who live in Jerusalem? We owe it to God to be what we should be and yield our lives to His Spirit. III. But the actions of the body, i.e. He catches up an axe lying by and with his own arm hacks off his own hand at the wrist… It is not easy nor pleasant, but it is the only alternative to a horrible death”). But it is plain that his main purpose is positive, not negative. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. New Testament Commentary), Godet writes that that so then "refers to the thought of the preceding passage: “Since the Spirit has set you free from the law of sin and death, do not replace yourselves (put yourselves again) under this curse.”, S Lewis Johnson feels that "The resurrection (Ed: Just described in Ro 8:11) is a motive for the life of holiness, and that is the inference the apostle draws from the preceding." Galatians 5:3; Matthew 18:21; Luke 7:41. The appellation, "brethren", is not used, because they were so by nation or by blood, though many in the church at Rome were Jews; nor merely in a free familiar way of speaking; but rather on account of church membership, and especially because they were in the same spiritual relation to God and Christ: and the use of it by the apostle, shows his great humility and condescension, and his love and affection for them, and is designed to engage their attention and regard to what he was about to say, to them and of them; as that they were "debtors"; which is to be understood of them not as sinners, who as such had been greatly in debt, and had nothing to pay, and were liable to the prison of hell; for no mere creature could ever have paid off their debts; but Christ has done it for them, and in this sense they were not debtors: but they were so as saints, as men freed from condemnation and death; which doctrine of Christian liberty is no licentious one; it does not exempt from obedience, but the more and greater the favours are which such men enjoy, the more obliged they are to be grateful and obey; they are debtors, or trader obligation. The first is derived from their adoption, Romans 8:12-17, and the second from the fact that they are sustained by hope, and aided by the Spirit, under all their trials; so that everything eventually works together for their good, Romans 8:18-28. Yet is it necessary that you should be prepared to mortify the deeds of the body, or the old nature may assert itself apart from all reference to the new. The former direction is toward Heaven (by grace, unmerited favor); the latter is toward Hell, "for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die." Do it depending on the Spirit, for only He can enable us to successively keep this command! Paul explains why we are obligated to the Spirit writing "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? One millstone will sink a man into the sea—as well as a hundred! (Kittel, G., Friedrich, G., & Bromiley, G. W. Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. It is only by the Spirit (God's provision); by cherishing and cultivating His influences. Now it is this tendency which is combated by the Spirit as soon as He takes possession of us (Gal 5:17-note). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/romans-8.html. Until I bow down at Your throne There is deep mystery, no doubt, in the great double fact of God is working in us to will, and on the other hand, of our choosing His will, moment by moment. 5. Broadman Press 1932,33. He planned to stress that in the verses that follow. 5:3 it is the legalist’s obligation to keep the whole law. ‘Flesh’ is here used in the ethical sense; the antithesis is suggested indirectly in Romans 8:13. Or, to state it differently, here we are told in detail and in practice how the Christian is to wage the battle against sin." However our wandering is for a moment or even a season but not for a lifetime and not as our continual habitual practice. We are debtors; ὁφειλέται ἐσμέν. How then? All mankind are under various pressures, longing for a better state, Romans 8:19-22. So now please me. This He does by making us more sensible of the existence of indwelling sin, by deepening our aspirations after holiness, by shedding abroad the love of God in the heart. He implies in the whole rich context that we are debtors to the Spirit, to the Lord, “to walk Spirit-wise.” (Moule, C. G. The Epistle of St Paul to the Romans). You get filled with the Holy Spirit and you get run down and you get filled up again and you get run down. Mortification is the believer's responsibility and includes such responsibilities as abstaining from fleshly lusts, making no provision for the flesh, fixing one's heart on Christ, meditating on God's Word, praying incessantly, exercising self-control, and being filled with the Spirit (Ed note: I would add confessing our sins 1Jn 1:9) Covering up sin, internalizing it, exchanging it for another sin, or merely repressing it do not equate to sin's mortification. To all classes. New Testament Commentary, Moule, C. G. The Epistle of St Paul to the Romans, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency, Brown, Colin, Editor. Ye must die ... has reference to more than physical death, for Paul had already noted in Romans 8:10 that Christians are not exempt from that; therefore, it is of eternal consequences that he spoke here. Wayne Barber amplifies the meaning and practical significance of the believer's new freedom in Christ writing that…, WE ARE FREE IN CHRIST FROM THE COERCION OF THE FLESH. It is intensified when we look out with the eyes of Christ upon the poverty of a Christless world, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. (Listen to Lloyd-Jones' sermons on Romans 8) Paul does not promise immediate freedom from sin’s harassment. Romans 4:24) indicates the “ certum et constitutum esse secundum vim (divini) fati.” Ellendt, Lex. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Ps. Barry Horner in Outlined Commentary on Romans writes. That won't do anything but "irritate" your flesh and bear fruit for death (see notes Romans 7:5). There is life in the Spirit of adoption, Ro 8;12-17. 2. (eg, cp notes on "enslaved to various lusts and pleasures" Titus 3:3-note) There is now no obligation to the flesh. 1Jn 3:10+ drives home his point - what is the obvious point that can be clearly seen and easily known? This verse balances a moment-by-moment dependence upon the Spirit with a tough-minded attitude toward the flesh. This section‹36› contains two additional arguments in support of the great theme of the chapter — the safety of all who are in Christ. Our bodies are the Divine workmanship, and their faculties are of God’s malting and giving. One sin lived in will be a cankerworm to eat out the peace of conscience. John MacArthur points out that "It is significant that the Holy Spirit is mentioned only once in the introduction to the epistle (1:4, “the spirit of holiness”), then not mentioned again until Romans 8:1. Live (2198) (zao) in the present context refers to living one's life. He has already given the absolute assurance that “there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Ro 8:1). We might have expected τῆς σαρκὸς instead of τοῦ σώματος, but in the absence of the spirit the body in all it does is only the tool of the flesh: the two are morally equivalent. Power in the Christian Life Depends on Mortification, 8. Indeed, God goes further here, and says, "Ye shall live, -if ye by the Spirit put to death the doings of the body": the opposite path being, "If ye live according to flesh, ye are about to die!". YOU MUST DIE: mellete (2PPAI) apothneskein (PAN): ESV and NET have "you will die" - the verb (see below) is mello which conveys the idea “You are on the point of dying”, “are about to", "are certainly going to” (NET Note). Give a certificate of divorce to every sin. (NLT - Tyndale House), Phillips: Indeed that way of living leads to certain spiritual death. 1905-1909. I'll set my alarm and get up at 3AM every morning.". One jarring string puts all the music out of tune. One bastard-sin will destroy seventy prayers. Therefore parley with sin no longer—but with the spear of mortification, spill the heart-blood of every sin! In short then it is never accurate to say that a believer is "in the flesh." LIFE and PEACE…abundant life and peace not just "with" God but also "of" God. Instead we have to take responsibility for this FLESH that still indwells our saved but dying bodies. Read verse in New International Version and What is entire sanctification?. Read full chapter Footnotes Not only because, as previously argued, the Spirit is the source of life, but also because all who are led by the Spirit are the children of God. The increasing weakness of these habits is a measure of spiritual growth. The Greek verb οἶδα (oida), translated as “we know,” is a perfect active indicative form of the verb, meaning “to observe and therefore perceive.” He is not saying believers won't ever sin or from time to time fall back into patterns of sin they had before they were regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Godet, F L: Commentary on Romans). He ends his commentary on Romans 1-8 by saying, 'The journey on which Paul leads us throughout Romans is far from over' (p 733). I will only mention one class--the poor. A soldier may have only one gap in his armor—and the bullet may enter there. (NOTE PAUL DOES NOT SAY WE WILL NOT WANT TO DO THEM BUT THAT WE WON'T DO THEM IF BY THE SPIRIT WE PUT THEM TO DEATH!) The believer neither indulges nor walks according to them, but mortifies and puts them to death. Romans 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For all practical purposes they are put to death. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. (Phillips: Touchstone). N      New Adam (Romans 5:12-21) – We are children of two “Adams” Therefore I say still, let us be careful to discharge our proper duty in that particular. = Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers) explaining Paul's metaphor of putting to death wrote…, "To kill a man, or any other living thing, is to take away the principle of all his strength, vigor, and power, so that he cannot act or exert, or put forth any proper actings of his own; so it is in this case. 1840-57. Thirdly, as our Comforter in afflictions: we are debtors to the Spirit thus. ], so particularly in that before us; which is a conclusion from very important premises. Go back to Romans 6:12-14…, do not let Sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts. To review, the flesh is that ugly complex of human sinful desires that includes the ungodly motives, affections, principles, purposes, words, and actions that sin generates through our mortal bodies. The Gnostics taught man is a spiritual being that is just "stuck" with this partner called flesh. That is another way sometimes of coming into debt. Do you make it your daily work? 19 Because Joseph, her husband to be, 13 was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her 14 privately. Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. A list of the best commentaries on Romans ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. There are some that always get well paid for what they do, whose claims, therefore, need no advocacy. And so now I have done with the first general part of the text, which is the negative in that which is expressed, “We are not debtors to the flesh, to live after the flesh.” The second is the affirmative, as that which is implied. As the well equipped soldier is responsible, under obligation in terms of using those accouterments which are designed for his safety, so the child of God is indebted to the reign of the Spirit of God in his life with regard to an appreciation of His might, holy dominion and exclusive claims. He could have gone on to say "... but to God, to live according to the Spirit." Romans 8:12-13 Commentary. Paul goes on to explain that to be indebted to the flesh means “to live according to the flesh”. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, (see notes Colossians 3:5; 3:6; 3:7; 3:8; 3:9), Comment: Puritan Richard Baxter wrote, “Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the world: use it, therefore, as a murderer should be used. Sixthly and lastly, we are not debtors to the flesh, because the flesh is not a warrantable creditor for any to be indebted unto. To mortify the deeds of the body thus becomes an important duty. “The natural man,” Hofmann observes, “imagines that he owes it to his flesh to satisfy it.” The care of his person, from the most earthly point of view, appears to him the first and most important of his obligations. Paul's point is that the FLESH has no ability whatsoever to measure up to what God requires (which equates with His Righteousness). There is a debt which every man in a sense does owe unto it. (Here Paul uses “crucify,” stauroo, emphasizing the strictness and severity of the mortification.). If you live after the flesh, you shall die; that is, die eternally. If you are not in the Word of God and it is in you, then you are not placing yourself in the place where God can begin to work in your life. The work of the Spirit is not, and never was designed to be, a substitute for the personal work of the believer. According to the plan of the Gospel, we are to be brought to glory after a course of patience exercised in a variety of trials, Romans 8:24, Romans 8:25. So when that strong desire comes from your FLESH to tempt you to eat something you shouldn't, have the mindset that you don't owe the FLESH anything and turn to Christ. Romans 8:6. It commences with the enjoyment of free and perfect pardon through Christ, II. “I drew you with the hands of a man.”, 2. Fourthly, The most eminent Christians, distinguished by the choicest gifts of heaven, were in the same distressed condition, Romans 8:23. There are many who are debtors to the flesh; who acknowledge the obligations, and show no inclination to be released from it. Don't lose this truth. The fowler can hold a bird by one wing. To live after the flesh is death; to live after the Spirit is eternal life. This is a consequence drawn from what the Apostle had said with reference to the state of enmity against God, and of the death of those who are in the flesh; and likewise from what He had been showing to be the great privilege of believers, as being not in the flesh but in the Spirit; as having the Spirit of God dwelling in them; and not only giving life to their souls, but securing the future quickening and raising of their bodies. These are really debtors, and confess themselves to be debtors, as often as they declare that it is not in their power to live spiritually.—V. . Paul is not calling for perfection but direction! Romans 8:12, ESV : "So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ges/romans-8.html. We do however have an obligation to the Holy Spirit, for it is the Spirit Who convicted us, revealed Christ to us, and imparted eternal life to us when we trusted Christ. What we are going to do today is begin to walk through some chapters in the book of Romans. Mt. 2:19, 21; Php 1:21; Col 2:20; 3:3; 1Th 4:14; 5:10; He 7:8; 9:27; 10:28; 11:4, 13, 21, 37; Jude 1:12; Re 3:2; 8:9, 11; 9:6; 14:13; 16:3, There are a few commentaries that are generally accepted as conservative and evangelical which have comments similar to the College Press NIV Commentary that makes the following statement (with which I strongly disagree but am including to make the reader aware of how some commentaries handle the interpretation of this verse), "This verse is a strong affirmation of the real possibility that a Christian can fall from grace and lose his salvation. The point is that his death (and almost certainly this refers to eternal death) is imminent…he is certain to die. As long as we are in the flesh the body and its appetites are present with us. 1. The “therefore” shows the compelling conclusion of verses 5 to11—Christians have no further obligation to the flesh. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Romans 8:12". "Commentary on Romans 8:12". It has no governor in itself but the sin by which it is still dead-to God and all holiness. This is not because some meritorious achievement is required of us as a way of earning such life. We are no longer "in the flesh" but "in the Spirit." Mello - 109x in 106v - about(30), almost(1), am about(2), certainly(1), come(12), delay(1), future(1), going(19), intend(1), intending(8), later(1), must(1), next*(1), point(1), propose(1), ready(1), things to come(3), will(6), will certainly(1), would(3), would live… thereafter(1), would certainly(1). 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. It is a daily duty. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/romans-8.html. If ever they owed anything to it, they have paid it over and over again, and more than enough (1 Peter 4:3). You're constantly running and stopping, running and stopping, filling and refilling. (T. Robinson, D.D. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, "debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh", 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. A crucifixion: “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh.” Death by the cross is certain, yet lingering. Commentary on Romans 12:1-8 View Bible Text While the argument of the letter to the Romans opened with a preoccupation regarding God’s anger (1:18-32), this section of the letter opens with an embrace of God’s mercies. Another superb article by John MacArthur gives many guidelines on the practical "Mortification of Sin". Remember it's not that you can't… it is really that you won't deal seriously with whatever problem you are wrestling with. 12 So then, # Lit brethren. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. We are debtors in respect to food, medicine, raiment, shelter, temperance and cleanliness. (cp James 1:22, Mt 7:24-27, Mt 12:50, hear and do - Lk 8:21), United Bible Service on praxis - what one does, deed, action, practice; function (of body parts); magical practice. Secondly, we are debtors to the spirit, in regard of what we ought and are bound to pay unto it, It is a debt which lies upon us to lead a godly and holy life: and that in sundry respects. "Commentary on Romans 8:12". May 31, 2015. None of its personal rights or functions are to be interfered with; it is not to be robbed of the enjoyment of full vital vigour; but all this is to go to the production of a flower worthy of your garden, instead of the scanty and quickly-fading bloom of the hedge-rose. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. Do you mortify? Transgressors are in debt to injured parties. Praise God! Persevere in your faith, and your perseverance will set you apart as a member of the family of God and you will experience what it is to really live in Christ." The righteousness … A BETTER WAY TO LIVE! These verses form an exhortation regarding the two ways to live, the consequences of which Paul had already fully outlined. And yet the saints of God are “debtors.”. First, as the beginner and worker of all grace in him. But God, on His side, does not crush into fatalistic abandon those very faculties with which He has endowed men. Don't misunderstand what Paul is not saying. This is not an option for the believer. money, a loan (cf. Charity to them is a debt, and God requires us to remember the poor. Rather he will truly repent, seek cleansing and forgiveness (1 John 1:9+), and pursue a course of “mortification,” that is a “putting to death the deeds of the body.”, An opposite destiny awaits those who actively pursue mortification of the body through the Spirit, namely that of “life.” Surely this incorporates both a present perspective as Ro 8:14-17 describe, though primarily a future hope as Ro 8:18-25 anticipate. If you're not regularly in the Word of God, then you can be assured that you have already been deceived by your flesh and you are living a very discouraged and defeated life because you think somehow you are now obligated to what your flesh is shouting out for you to do. (1)From the fact that the Spirit dwells in us; (2)Because the design of his indwelling is to purify us; (3)Because we are thus recovered from the death of sin to the life of religion; and he who has imparted life, has a right to require that it be spent in his service. Romans 12:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 12:12, NIV: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." So far from being debtors to the flesh, the very reverse is the case. First, the power of the Creditor. And again, "I will not be brought under the power of any" bodily desire, however lawful. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. if it be not, why do you dissuade men from it? 12. 1896. 2. What Jesus did for us on the Cross set us free from the power and the penalty of sin. = as the Spirit enables you to present) yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Secondly, the strictness of the Creditor. Expectations are reversed; life is to be changed. First, we are not debtors to the flesh, nor have any cause to do service to that, because we have received no answerable benefit from it. (Romans 8:5-17: Life in the Spirit), Warren Wiersbe explains the debt this way "Our obligation is to the Holy Spirit. This is the opening portion of Paul’s conclusion to the letter to the Romans, the introduction to the moral instruction that follows from the theological presentation of the first part of the letter.Study questions on the text have been added here. He died for sin. This is what Paul is saying to us. 2:3), now the indwelling lordship of the more potent Holy Spirit has supplanted this reign. A debtor to mercy alone Apothneskein is pregnant: the meaning is not merely that they will die (those who live according to the spirit have also to die—compare Ro 8:10), but that they will die without hope of life with God. DD. The flesh, that is sin and corruption: and so it seems principally to be understood here in this place. 2. Our physical, mortal body is morally neutral, But since we live in physical bodies, sin finds expression through the body. (See notes Galatians 5:16; Galatians 5:17). This verse (Ro 8:13) states the responsibility of the believer himself (Ed note: And so it follows that now Paul uses the active voice = this voice calls for a volitional choice, a choice of our will = "I will or I won't!"). He that committeth sin is the servant of sin, so says our Saviour. The Early Church Father Irenaeus wrote that "The Spirit works, the Son fulfills His ministry, and the Father approves; and man is thus brought to full salvation." Live in this and thou wilt die a conqueror; yea, thou wilt, through the good providence of God, live to see thy lust dead at thy feet.”43. One, because we’ve been set free from the power of the flesh. Therefore, brethren, &c.— After the Apostle has separately and distinctly shewn how the affair ofsanctification or obligation to piety and holiness stands under the Gospel, both with regard to Jews and Gentiles, he seems here to address himself to both conjointly. Meditate deeply on this warning beloved)." What is to be killed is “the deeds of the body”… Such actions are the objects of decisive and hostile action as far as the believer is concerned. B. According to the flesh (kata sarx) as explained earlier conveys the idea of one placing themselves down and therefore under the dominion or control of the evil flesh nature. He is not only a servant but a drudge. We can only affirm that both are taught in Scripture, and we ourselves know both to be blessedly true. Not that they should run away with us or rule us, but that they should be subject to us. 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