BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on Romans 8:4". Henry Alford explains that might be fulfilled in us does not mean "merely, be performed by us, for the apostle has a much deeper meaning, namely, that the aim of God in giving the law might be accomplished in us, in our sanctification, which is the ultimate end of our redemption, Colossians 1:22 (note); Ephesians 2:10 (note). "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". ἐν τ. ς. was: in order that (now that the rule of sin which hindered the fulfilment of the law has been done away) the rightful requirement of the law might be fulfilled, etc. "The Spirit" refers to that which God does in me by the Person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. = inasmuch as we walk not, etc. There are several ways to outline the chapter; here is one: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, etc. 4. "Commentary on Romans 8:4". Now what is the relationship between this justified state and our being freed from the slavery of sin (sanctification)? That the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us ... John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, νόμος τῆς ἁμαρτίας ὁ ἐν τοῖς μέλεσιν ἡμῶν, 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. God paid the penalty for our sin in Christ. Romans 8:4 "That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Who is to condemn?” [Ro 8:33, 34, ESV].) They, then, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit, are no longer seeking justification by works of law, but are brought to act on Gospel and spiritual principles. Cf. Only from the use of the word spirit in the sequel (Romans 8:5-8), it follows that the apostle is not speaking of the Holy Spirit, independently of His union with the human πνεῦμα, but of the former as dwelling in the latter, or of the latter as wholly directed by the former. p. 287 f. In what that fulfilment manifests itself (Hofmann) Paul does not say, but he announces the moral regulative that is to determine the inward and outward life of the subjects. The ordinance of the law (το δικαιωμα του νομου — to dikaiōma tou nomou). Gess thinks that the part played by Christ"s death in sanctification was to render possible the gift of the Spirit, who alone has power to sanctify (comp. The descriptive character of the persons, who appear to be interested in this blessing, is the same with that in Romans 8:1. who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit: See Gill on Romans 8:1. "Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books". How can I fulfill what the law requires? In this ways multitudes who profess to have received the Gospel, are walking after the flesh, seeking to satisfy their conscience, and saying peace when there is no peace. 1897-1910. The issue is the degree to which sin must be condemned—it must be condemned in its entirety, for the whole of the law bears down on any single action or thought. God condemned sin by Christ so that He might fulfill the sentence of condemnation on us. (John.3:6) He passes directly from the condemnation of sin in Christ (Romans 8:3) to the fulfilment of the law in believers (Romans 8:4). "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". How can I keep the law? And the reason I don't is that it won't fit the wording of the text. "Commentary on Romans 8:4". The subjective negation μή is used because Paul is speaking not of the fact in itself, but of the fact as being the assumed condition of the preceding affirmation. Might be fulfilled in us - To reiterate, Paul does not say "by us" (not by our innate power) but "in us" (by His power, His Spirit within us). Holiness is the fruit and evidence of reconciliation with God. Middletown Bible notes that when a genuine believer commits sin, then…, by the Spirit’s conviction, by confession and if needed, by chastening (1Cor 11:31, 32, cp He 12:5ff-note), he is brought back to the path of obedience. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Learn, 2. And thirdly in the outworking of our lives when we walk after the Spirit, with our lives submitting and responding to His direction step by step (Galatians 5:25). But would this be a very sure standard, and does Romans 8:2 admit of this subjective sense? What is the habit of your life… in the general direction of good or of evil? The gospel establishes the law because it meets the demands of the law. (see note Ro 8:9), He belongs to Christ "who walk not after the flesh"-to walk is to live or conduct oneself in a certain way.

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