If a true man is persecuted for doing what is right he gains a firmer hold on the right itself. In addition to an actual spiritual birth, we have the frequent use of the word “adoption,” to illustrate the process by which man passes from his first to his second condition. And, beyond all doubt, it will hereafter be recompensed “with a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory [Note: 2 Corinthians 4:17. Further particulars are included in the phrase, “joint-heirs with Christ,” and “glorified together,” viz:--, II. 3. Suffering is a common condition of sonship. See 2 Timothy 2:11-12 and Locke. (C. H. There must be a gift of God. Sadly, such cruel realities persist today in many parts of the world, where families crushed by poverty abandon infants they cannot afford to raise, or sell children into the slavery of child labor or child prostitution. The sin remains, the guilt remains. Oh, when we are journeying through the murky night, and the dark woods of affliction and sorrow, it is something to find here and there a spray broken, or a leafy stem bent down with the tread of His foot and the brush of His hand as He passed, and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and thus to find lingering fragrances and hidden strengths in the remembrance of Him as ‘in all points tempted like as we are,’ bearing grief for us, bearing grief with us, bearing grief like us. Now, of course, whatever may be the operation of suffering in fitting for the possession of the Christian inheritance, either here or in another world, the sonship and the sorrows do not stand on the same level in regard to that possession. Man has higher gifts because he has higher capacities. And so learn to look upon all trial as being at once the seal of your sonship, and the means by which God puts it within your power to win a loftier throne, a nobler crown, a closer fellowship with Him “who hath suffered, being tempted,” and who will receive into His own blessedness and rest them that are tempted. It is much to say that the power of this regeneration is all gathered together in Christ Jesus. (c) And there is no fear that the Son of God, the infinitely rich, will have a trifling portion. He can now conclude his argument; for even in expressing the most exalted sentiments, his exposition always assumes a logical form. And however humbling it may be to think of the necessity in which we stand of adoption and renewal, yet that nature is not to be disparaged, respecting which such things are possible. Romans 8:18-21.—H. He took possession of his inheritance at once. Winer, p. 209. BibliographySchaff, Philip. That heirship is received on the basis of only one work, the work of believing. It is not hard or unreasonable that we suffer with Christ before we are glorified, because the subsequent glory will far more than compensate the previous suffering (verse 18). Since the Lord has been pleased to suffer for them before reigning over them in heaven, it is proper that they should suffer also for His sake and in the prospect of reigning with Him. More resources, better tools and easier navigation Test drive it and tell us about your experience. 3. They participate of the same Spirit with Him; for they that have not the Spirit of Christ are none of His. Say, “I count it to be my joy to be permitted to be a partaker of the sufferings of Christ.” All the sheep of the Great Shepherd are marked with the cross, and this not only in the fleece, but in the flesh. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". V. Then, in securing this meetness, the Christian may confidently expect Divine aid. Lloyd-Jones sometimes devotes entire sermons (chapters) to other passages related to a Romans text, e.g. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". What they suffer for as to the cause of their suffering; and how they suffer, as to the manner and carriage of their suffering--each of which have a necessary influence upon this business of suffering with Christ, and are most requisite ingredients to the making and constituting of it. If so, you can begin upon that step, the low one on which you can put your foot, the humble act of faith, and with the foot there, can climb up. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/romans-8.html. In the ancient Roman world, unwanted children were routinely abandoned or sold into slavery. Heirs of God. BibliographyGodbey, William. In His sufferings He is set forth as their pattern, and the issue of them is their encouragement. “Heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14); “heirs of the kingdom” (James 2:5); “heirs of eternal life” (Titus 3:7; Colossians 1:12). Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. 3. We are--Heirs of--, 2. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". BibliographyAlford, Henry. If we would forsake Christ we should then escape much of--, 2. It would stir heaven, earth and hell. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". 2. On εἴπερ, see Romans 8:9. Oh happy and blessed privilege of God's adopted ones! 4. ‘God hath made us meet for the inheritance of the saints in light,’ says the Apostle. The world in which we live is a fallen world – a place of sufferings and trials and a time of heartaches and problems, a life of difficulties and sickness, a season of disappointments and death. It is reserved for them in heaven, which is the throne of God, and where He manifests His glory. Such is appointed to us” also [Note: Luke 22:29.]. ), I. You cannot gather up the spilt water; you cannot any more gather up and re-issue the past life. ]; they have manna from heaven, even “angels’ food,” for their support [Note: John 6:53-55. It is not enough, brethren, that we should go through all these previous steps, if we then go utterly astray at the end, by forgetting that there is only one way by which we become partakers of any of the benefits and blessings that Christ has wrought out. (C. H. The life of Christ which-divine, pure, incapable of copy and repetition-in one aspect has ended for ever for men, remains to be lived, in another view of it, by every Christian, who in like manner has to fight with the world; who in like manner has to resist temptation; who in like manner has to stand, by God’s help, pure and sinless, in so far as the new nature of him is concerned, in the midst of a world that is full of evil. No sonship without a spiritual birth. II. For were the sufferings of the Lord only the sufferings that were wrought upon Calvary? ‘Oh that I had wings like a dove, for then I would fly away and be at rest,’ must often be the language of those who are like Him in spirit, and in consequent sufferings. Heirs of God. But if children, we are not to conclude that there is no further need of watchfulness or prayer. 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. . This necessity of conformity to Christ in suffering in order to participate in His glory, is taught alike by Christ Himself and by His apostles (John 12:24-26; Matthew 16:24, Matthew 16:25; 2 Timothy 2:12). Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. What becomes of good men in the future? However, the conclusion (Romans 8:17) forbids us to disregard the idea of inheritance, and to find only that of the receiving possession represented (in opposition to van Hengel). Returning from Arabia he visited Jerusalem and Damascus, and then went to Cilicia, where he doubtless did evangelistic work until Barnabas sough… To them belong also all the perfections of the Deity, so far at least as they need to have them exercised for their good in this world, and for their happiness in the next: they can say with David, “The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance [Note: Psalms 16:5.].”. On the other hand, His sufferings are to be viewed as the road conducting Him to glory. 1879-90. how endearing are our obligations to thee! 15. , it was מתוך חשיבתן ויופין, "on account of their worth and beauty"; yet adopted children among them, whether male or female, were equal to natural children in possessing the inheritance; however, the apostle includes both here, who are all one in Christ Jesus, and are all the children of God by faith in him, and so. The Holy Ghost will attend to all the balance, miraculously glorifying us, soul, mind and body. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh: The law can do many things. 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. This, with the additional consideration that we suffer with Christ, or as he himself suffered, and that our suffering patiently is the way to be glorified with him, would greatly qualify the transitory afflictions of this world, and dispose them to attend to the other arguments that he had to offer. First, they are so relative. A simple appeal to your own consciousness will decide if that be the condition of all men. An heir is one who succeeds to an estate. Suffering it is the beaten path to glory, and that common road which all take that come to that end. The suffering results from our union with Christ. It is said of Elkanah, in his carriage to Hannah, that he gave her a worthy portion, or, as some read it, a double portion. More resources, better tools and easier navigation Test drive it and tell us about your experience. 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. BibliographyBurkitt, William. BibliographyWesley, John. Heirs of God; therefore not only honourable, but rich. In this blog, we are giving you an excerpt of their work on Romans 8. Nay, he goes further, and says in strange contradiction to the popular estimate of his character, but in true imitation of that Incarnate love which hated iniquity, ‘In this the children of God are manifested and the children of the devil’-echoing thus the words of Him whose pitying tenderness had sometimes to clothe itself in sharpest words, even as His hand of powerful love had once to grasp the scourge of small cords. Why cannot we administer also to the blessed part of the testament? Some people shrink from them, and say that it is trenching upon the central doctrine of the Gospel, when we speak about drinking of the cup which Christ drank of. New York. Lastly, in Fatherly discipline, to keep His children regular and in good order, and to prevent them from worse things to come (1 Corinthians 11:32). It serves to teach to others the following if all its blessings are spiritual rule which God adept... 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