Cf. Every good is so much the more excellent, and the rather to be prized by us, as it is anything more large and comprehensive, and is containing of other things in it. This if is not a word of ambiguity and doubting, but a word of certainty and assurance and signifies as much as seeing that we suffer with him. Everything that belongs to Christ as a natural Song of Solomon, belongs to us as well, in our union with him. The inevitable law of God will go on its crashing way in spite of all penitence, in spite of all reformation, in spite of all desires after newness of life. "E.W. (b) No suit in law can stand against Christ. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. This is the order, not the reason, of obtaining full salvation (Calvin). Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with {him}, that we may be also glorified with {him}. (C. H. Finally, that inheritance is the necessary result of the suffering that has gone before. 3. The connection between Christ and Christians is often referred to in the New Testament. 1840-57. (C. H. . (2 Timothy 3:12). The Apostle John, in that most wonderful preface to his Gospel, teaches that sonship is not a relation into which we are born by natural birth, that we become sons after we are men, and that we become sons by a Divine act, the communication of a spiritual life, whereby we are born of God. ‘What fellowship hath Christ with Belial?’ is not only applicable as a guide for our practical life, but points to the principle on which God’s inheritance belongs to God’s sons alone. A stranger may be constituted such, in virtue of the will and deed of another; a child may be such from natural relationship. By an argument, taken from what is annexed or what follows, he proves that our salvation consists in having God as our Father. “Heirs of God.”, 1. (4.) It rests upon a divine act, and it involves a human emotion. How shall we learn to be quiet and content knowing that if we suffer then we shall be glorified? Does it not add something to his life? IV. Not he. We need not hold that there is no reference here to that comforting thought, ‘In all our affliction He is afflicted.’ Brethren, you and I have, each of us-one in one way, and one in another, all in some way, all in the right way, none in too severe a way, none in too slight a way-to tread the path of sorrow; and is it not a blessed thing, as we go along through that dark valley of the shadow of death down into which the sunniest paths go sometimes, to come, amidst the twilight and the gathering clouds, upon tokens that Jesus has been on the road before us? It is of no use leaning upon the testimony of Prayer of Manasseh , or upon any vain hopes or presumptuous confidence that may spring up in a self-righteous, deceitful heart. The chief lesson which I wish to gather from this text now is that all God’s sons must suffer with Christ; and in addition to this principle, we may complete our considerations by adding briefly, that the inheritance must be won by suffering, and that if we suffer with Him, we certainly shall receive the inheritance. The loftiness of the title heir of God might easily be lost in vagueness, unless the apostle, with the view of making this abstract idea palpable, added a concrete fact. That as sufferings go before, so glory shall certainly follow sufferings; If we suffer with him, we shall be also glorified together. First, in a holy magnanimity and nobleness of spirit. - If the glory that is to be revealed be the enjoyment of God himself, (see above, Romans 8:17; (note)), then the sufferings of this life, which, when compared with eternity, are but as for a moment, are not worthy to be put in competition with this glory which shall be revealed in us.. If the change were a simple change of habit and action on the part of men, we could do without a Christ. The man who will not let these things be found in him, who keeps his sorrow to himself, not going about asking sympathy from all he meets; the man who recognises the many little things that may come, that do come, in the way of comfort, that show that God has not forgotten, has not left him alone, and is grateful for them; does not such a man become stronger in self-restraint and faith in God? ἵνα καὶ συνδοξ.] These words are intended to designate the inheritance with believers are to revive. II. Romans 8 is a complex chapter (along with the rest of the book!). He seems at first sight to add in these words of our text another condition to those already specified, namely, that of suffering with Christ. Secondly, we learn hence also to expect it and to prepare for it. Oh no. Yes, it can be, if you will think thus:-If a Christian has the Spirit and life of Christ in him, his career will be moulded, imperfectly but really, by the same Spirit that dwelt in his Lord; and similar causes will produce corresponding effects. He argues that Romans 7:14–25 refers to pre-salvation experience. And as Christ is sure of his inheritance, then, so long as we are joint with him, there can be no failure for us. Every man is lighted by the true Light because he is a man. This last clause serves as a transition to Romans 8:18-30, in which the Apostle treats of the complete and glorious triumph of God’s elect, through sufferings and by hope, and the blessed renovation of all things in and by their glorification. In much more positive cases … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 8:12-17" (a) If there be any flaw in the will, then it is no more valid for Christ than it is for us. I. So in our revolution, the measure of the distance from the farthest point of our darkest earthly sorrow, to the throne, may help us to the measure of the closeness of the bright, perfect, perpetual glory above, when we are on the throne: for if so be that we are sons, we must suffer with Him; if so be that we suffer, we must be glorified together! — The Apostle, having proved the adoption of believers from the confirmation of the double and concurrent testimony of their own spirit and of the Spirit of God, here infers from it the certainty of their possessing the eternal inheritance. (5.) After all of His suffering, walking out of the tomb, and glorified on Mount Olivet, He ascended up to heaven to reign forever. There was no necessity for our blessed Lord to submit to sufferings, unless he chose to undertake our cause, and put himself in the place of sinners: yet, purely for our sakes, he endured even death itself, yea, the painful and accursed death of the cross. A positive conception of the blessedness of heaven. That inheritance is the necessary result of the suffering that has gone before. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. ‘If a son, then an heir of God through Christ,’ Galatians 4:7. God is the portion of His people; and in Him, who is ‘the possessor of heaven and’ earth, they are heirs of all things. Christ never promised His followers in this world anything else but tribulation, save only that in the midst of it all they should enjoy His peace and His Father’s protection; and all the apostles speak of suffering as the common lot of the saints (1 Peter 4:12-13; 1Pe_4:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 1Th_2:14; 1Th_3:4; Hebrews 12:1-29.). they are not only heirs of heaven, but heirs of God himself; they have him for their portion, and exceeding great reward. All mankind are under various pressures, longing for a better state, Romans 8:19-22. If a true man is persecuted for doing what is right he gains a firmer hold on the right itself. But our sufferings are also intended to secure to us, and augment, the inheritance itself. This idea is frequently presented in the Scriptures. Romans 8, The Expositor's Greek Testament, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary ranks among the most important on the Greek … To be an heir with Christ is not to inherit in the second instance, to inherit from Him; it is to be put in the same rank as Himself; it is to share the divine possession with Him. Think what a worm it is that you are afraid of, and what an omnipotent Being you displease [Note: Isaiah 51:7-8; Isaiah 51:12-13. He began preaching at Damascus, but on account of persecution went into Arabia. No new birth without Christ; no escape from the old standing-place, “enemies to God by wicked works,” by anything that we can do. How careful they are to give contentment to an heir if it be but of some ordinary inheritance. What but this? The Jews speak of God's inheriting of man, as the highest pitch of greatness man can arrive unto; thus explaining and paraphrasing on the names of the places from which the Israelites journeyed, Numbers 21:18, sayF5T, Bab. 1765. 1999-2014. joint-heirs. This verse is not teaching that experiencing glorification, the third stage of every believer"s salvation, depends on our suffering for Jesus" sake. God forbid that I should try to strike away any word of consolation that has come, as these words of my text have come, to so many sorrowing hearts in all generations, like music in the night and like cold waters to a thirsty soul. Christ is nothing but a judge and a condemnation to him that trusts Him not. There must be a conformity between the head and the members, but as to the degree, He who is the first-born among many brethren must in all things have the pre-eminence. There are three considerations especially which are matters of great supportment and satisfaction to God’s children in suffering. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/romans-8.html. It is the inward strife and conflict in getting rid of evil, which the Apostle designates here with the name of suffering with Christ, that we may be also glorified together. 1. Home > Study Desk. Let us believe in the ultimate glorification and anticipate it with joy. If so be that we suffer, &c.— Observe how prudently the Apostle advances to the harsh affair of suffering; he does not mention it, till he had raised their thoughts to the higher object of joy and pleasure;—the happiness and glory of a joint-inheritance with the ever-blessed Son of God:—we are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if we suffer with him, &c. Romans 8:18-21.—H. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". Not that the sufferings of the saints are--like those of Christ--meritorious. together = glorified together with (Greek. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/romans-8.html. 1905-1909. In the ancient Roman world, unwanted children were routinely abandoned or sold into slavery. Because a large portion of the suffering of good people comes upon them in consequence of their devotedness to the truth, and cause, and service of Christ. 4. σύγκληρ. If for sonship there must be a birth, the very symbol shows that such a process does not lie within our own power. Verses 18-25 (e) Advancing stages to final (collective) glorification of Church and earth, Romans 8:18-25. His power is theirs, to preserve them. The whole creation groaneth. Heirs of God, as related to Him for such a purpose as this is. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! More resources, better tools and easier navigation Test drive it and tell us about your experience. Though the same for kind and specification, yet not the same for degrees and intention. ]: and they are all working for your good [Note: 1 Peter 1:7.]. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". Be holy. New York, USA. In the glorifying of Christ, our glorifying is involved. And if children, then heirs; there is a parallel text in Galatians 4:7. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". How can there be fellowship betwixt Him and any one except the man who is a son because he hath received of the Divine nature, and in whom that Divine nature is growing up into a Divine likeness? But in the second point of view, He is the pattern of their condition; in this they must follow His steps, and be made conformable to Him. Wace, Church of England Pulpit, vol. 16. For, rightly taken, His heritage is Himself. Romans 8:2. They not only accompany him in His sufferings, but He also accompanies them in theirs; not only to sympathize with them, but to be their surety and defender. Verses 18-27. There is a great matter in point of inheritance. Katakrima, BDAG 518. 3. Learn, 2. Do not slur it over as if it were a mere fanciful metaphor. This men may or may not sustain. The sufferings are needed to prepare us for the glory. They are heirs of God, they do inherit God himself, their Father is their portion; man leaves his heirs what he has, God gives his heirs what he is; he which gives them the inheritance, is the inheritance itself which he gives them, by being not only heirs to him, but heirs of him; they have an interest in all his attributes; his wisdom is theirs to guide and direct them, his power is theirs to sustain and preserve them, his mercy and pity is theirs to relieve and succour them. The end is the inheritance; and sorrows here, as well as the Spirit’s work here, are the earnest of the inheritance. Galatians 4:7 where κληρονόμος is relative to υἱὸς; and all the passages in which the Spirit is regarded as “the earnest” of an inheritance: 2 Corinthians 1:22; 2 Corinthians 5:5, Ephesians 1:14. They are the medicine of our convalescence, the drudgery of our education, the spring-pruning of our vine trees, without which we can never be healthy or happy, fit for heaven, or qualified to bring forth fruit whereby our Father may be glorified. The life in the Spirit involves fellowship with Christ in suffering and glory (Romans 8:17). 5. They are favorite terms with the sacred writers, because possession by inheritance was much more secure than that obtained by purchase, or by any other method. First, I say, the malice and hatred of the world. Suffering, then, is a peculiarity in the earthly lot of all the heirs of heaven; they are all called to suffer with Christ. Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae. Our “tribulation also worketh patience;” yea, it both exercises and confirms our every grace [Note: Romans 5:3-4.]. If salvation consisted simply in a change of place; if it were merely that by some expedient or arrangement, an outward penalty, which was to fall or not to fall at the will of an arbitrary judge, were prevented from coming down, why then, it would be open to Him who held the power of letting the sword fall, to decide on what terms He might choose to suspend its infliction. 1974. 3. Moreover, that Paul has here in view, not the analogy of the Hebrew law of inheritance that conferred a man’s intestate heritage only on sons of his body, if there were such, but that of the Roman law (Fritzsche, Tholuck, van Hengel; see more particularly on Galatians 4:7), is the historically necessary supposition, which can least of all seem foreign or inappropriate in an epistle to the Romans. Our heavenly happiness is to be of the same nature as His. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". And what is this? the similar, but fuller statement in Galatians 4:7. 1. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". Now from hence we may see what is implied in the term, when applied to the children of God. This is not merely a text for people who are in affliction, but for all of us. A concomitancy both of fate and of time, there and then. I. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". This is God’s purpose, not ours; in our case it is a result. Murmuring, fretting, temptations, even doubts of God, may easily make sorrow much harder to bear. "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." First, here is this implied, that Christ Himself is an heir, and an heir of God. In chapter 7 "law" (nomos) has been used largely in the sense of a "constitutional or statutory legal system, law," specifically, of the law that Moses received from God. To creatures in a state of sin, suffering is the necessary condition of exaltation. Those suffer with Christ who suffer as he did, and for his sake. Spurgeon.). "Commentary on Romans 8:17". Many ignorantly oppose sanctification on the ground of its unattainability till death, thus making a fatal mistake, and identifying it with glorification, which must follow sanctification. Secondly, this is grounded in His promise which He hath made to us. Passage Display [Printer-friendly Verses] Romans 8:17 in: using: New Search | Include Resources | … If so be, etc. But never fear to be too familiar in the thought that Christ is willing to bear, and help me to bear, the most insignificant of daily annoyances. And, therefore, let us not misunderstand such words as this text, and fancy that the necessary discipline, which we have to go through before we are ready for heaven, is necessary in anything like the same sense in which it is necessary that a man should have faith in Christ in order to be saved. They that are in the flesh - They who are unrenewed sinners; who are following supremely the desires of the flesh; Romans 7:18.Those are meant here who follow fleshly appetites and desires, and who are not led by … Nothing tends more to wean us from the world, than the opposition we meet from worldly men. The other method is the resurrection. (1 Peter 2:21; 1 Peter 4:12 ff; 1 Peter 5:8 ff), "glorified with him"-at the last day, and God accomplishes that. There is one part of the property which we may enjoy at once. They have the honor of suffering with Him, and they shall have the honor of being glorified with Him. He studies it more, and so becomes more sure of his duty to uphold it, to stand by it, and so if need be to suffer for it. But here it may be seasonably demanded, What is it that God’s children do inherit, and are heirs unto? Become the sons of earthly kingdoms are apt to be appointed heir of time there. 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