“Hath made me free” — that is, the real “I” of which he wrote a little while before — the true man himself: “’ The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.’ I have broken its bonds, I am a free man. ", As "there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus," so we may solemnly say, "There is therefore now a most weighty condemnation on you who are not in Christ Jesus, who are walking, not after the Spirit, but after the flesh.". That same Spirit who gave us the spirit of adoption, that same Spirit who set us longing for something higher and better, “also helpeth our infirmities;” and we have so many of them that we show them even when we are on our knees. The text arises out of a transitional era in religious history, when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system (the Mosaic regime) to another (the Christian age). Surely there is no great difficulty in understanding the gospel. Amen. They are of this world, and the things of this world fill them to the brim. The letter to the Corinthians was written less than a year before that to the Romans. Ὁ δὲ) The reason, why the stronger ought not to induce the weak to eat.— ἐὰν φάγῃ, if he eat) This must be understood both of a single act and much more of frequent eating.— κατακέκριται, is condemned) Comp. This is our attitude and our condition now, — waiting for the glory which is to be revealed in us, and accepting the sorrow which is appointed to us as an introduction to the joy which is to come to us mysteriously, through it But while we are waiting, we are not without present comfort. Were they not the children of Abraham? "Make you to be unanimous, not concerning that which is evil, but that you may be of one mind in your likeness to Christ Jesus." If God is that great working One who does all this, who can be against us? Like links in a golden chain, each one of the blessings of grace draws on another. Cling to the old-fashioned gospel, beloved, and never turn away from it. It is so deeply vitiated, so thoroughly depraved, that so long as the fleshly mind exists, it will be in rebellion against God. together with a catalogue of Bible commentaries and expositions By C. H. Spurgeon President. Read the Epistles of John, and note how he continually says, “We know, we know, we know,” and how frequently he adds, “We believe,” as though believing and knowing were the same thing. Did not the Jews hear the gospel? Blessed be the name of God, all things work together for good. That In the very same place where their sins made it patent and palpable they were not God’s people — in that very same place shall men confess that they are the children of the living God. Any one of these things befog true of us, it is most certain that the rest are also true. But if ye through the Spirit-, If you reek, by the Holy Spirit’s power, to kill sin, if you try to crush all sinful desires, if you keep evil with a rope about its neck, if you mortify it put it to death, then you shall live. Yet here is the main sphere of hope, and therefore let us give it full scope; and when other graces seem to be at a non-plus, let us still hope. “Why, a great many,” says one. I can stop his accusation with the perpetual care of Jesus for his people. They cannot bear for him to be supreme. This would not necessarily be true of any man’s family, for he might have children who were not his heirs; but, in God’s family, all who are born into it are born “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.” We must take our part of Christ’s portion,— his portion here, and his portion hereafter; the rule for us who are in him shall be, “share and share alike.” He himself has said, “Where I am, there shall also my servant be;” and all that he has he will divide with us. As Paul was peculiarly the apostle of the Gentiles, he was the more anxious that in the Gentiles the gospel should produce the acceptable fruit of mutual love. It has been a curse and a plague to us; we are not debtors to the flesh, so we must not “live after the flesh.”. While we were under the law, we could not come into the bonds of the new covenant, — the covenant of grace. They had not got clear of their Jewish bonds, and Paul was a little afraid lest what he was taking to them might not be acceptable, so he asked the Romans to pray about that matter. They are, in fact, the outcome of that very predestination. But they have not all obeyed the gospel. NET RSV ASV YLT DBY WEB HNV. You have not to make it righteousness, you have to accept the one that is made for you. This was not the fault of the law, but of our depraved hearts; yet so it was. They are like wafers made with honey, like cold waters from the rock Eat drink, and be filled. That the king should say to the petitioner, "Bring your case before me, and I will grant your desire," is kindness. Romans 14 Conflict and misunderstanding about fasting, eating and observing certain days. Keep it within thine own bosom, but do not worry others with it. Salvation comes by faith, and faith comes by hearing, but that hearing must be the hearing of the Word of God. Take half an hour this afternoon to think this over: If God be against me, what then? That is a grand thing. Some kept the Jewish festivals and some did not. When you hear the gospel, it is not left to your own choice to have it or leave it, so that you are as free to do the one as the other; so if you reject it, you are disobedient to it. Hence the success of prayer is no difficulty to the predestinarian. They seem to make up a Jeremiah’s roll of sorrow. “The Spirit helpeth our infirmities.”, Our weaknesses, our insufficiencies, our inabilities: the Spirit of God comes in to be a helper to the children of God. These happy men are known by their character, the old nature does not rule them, the Holy Spirit guides their lives, both in their secret walk with God and in their public conversation among men. He who remembers these distinctions is on the right road to sound theology. We shall be likeminded with one another when we become likeminded with Christ; but not till then. That is another question. This is what the righteousness of faith says: —, The saving, life-giving word is not to be sought above, nor below, nor afar off; it is “nigh thee.”. And you have felt that you had larger desires than you have been able to interpret. There is something that the whole creation is waiting for, and it cannot come, till God’s children are manifested — till the glory is revealed in them. Leave anything undone, or break the command in any respect and you die; that is the law. This is the believers riddle, which only regenerate men can understand. Who can condemn those for whom Christ died, for whom he has risen, and for whom he is now making intercession at the right hand of God? This shows that the gospel comes to us as a command, because we cannot disobey where there is no order or rule. The gospel brings gladness wherever it comes. Romans 14:1. The animal creation, too, wears the yoke of bondage. If you are not sure that a thing is right, let it alone, for it will be sin to you. The Spirit knows what we want. That is what it comes to, for the flesh comes to death at last, and, after death, it goes to corruption, If we live after that carnal fashion, this will be the end of our living: “death.”. In this volume we give you Charles H. Spurgeon commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. Romans 14:7 Romans 8:28. Oh to have a childlike spirit that, in whatever state of heart I am, I may still be able to say, in the accents even of spiritual infancy, “Abba, Father”! The soul is already emancipated, and the body shall be, by the Spirit which dwells in you. There are no chapters in the Epistle as he inspired Paul to write it, the whole of it runs straight on without a break: “Therein therefore now no condemnation” — while struggling, fighting, warring, contending, —, There is no condemnation to them; that is gone, and gone for ever. Meanwhile, the Spirit of God is helping us, as we groan and labor, towards the complete perfection. What precious promises these are, and how wide they are! In baptism you have a most significant symbol of what is to be done with the flesh; you are to treat it as a dead thing, and therefore to bury it. Text Commentaries by C. H. Spurgeon Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), often known today as the Prince of Preachers, began his pastorate at London's New KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. That is what we are waiting for: “ the redemption of our body; “ and we shall not wait in vain for it, for Christ is the Savior of our body as well as of our soul, and the day shall come when even our bodies shall be free from pain, and weakness, and weariness, and sin, and death. When another says, "I am a sound, orthodox Presbyterian," stick to this solid ground: "Christ has died." Romans 14 – Helping a Weaker Brother A. Don’t judge each other in doubtful things. So that on the one hand he agonizes, and on the other hand he triumphs. The act of faith in Christ accomplishes what all the good works in the world never can accomplish. Someone who is willfully committing sin is not doing what he hates, because his mind approves of it. Do you ever have in your heart a longing to behold the glory of God? “We know that all things work together for good.” That is a wonderfully positive statement, Paul. The trump of the archangel shall proclaim it. Well might the apostle ring out these confident challenges to heaven, and earth, and hell. May his gracious Spirit take away from us all our proud, foolish and wicked objections to his simple plan, and may we all believe and live! So our Lord came, as a Jew, to be "a minister of the circumcision." It was to Abraham and his descendants that the promise was made that, in him, and in his seed, all the nations of the earth should be blessed. We must neither judge them nor excuse ourselves. The real “I “, the immortal “ego”, is still pressing forward, like a ship beating up against wind and tide, and striving to reach the harbor where it shall find perfect rest. That is the recipe for mature Christian unity.” That is their secret character, and the reason why they love God at all. Upon this, in due time, follows effectual calling, by which the chosen ones are brought out, from the impure mass of mankind, and set apart unto God. His sufferings are the first drops of the eternal hailstorm of divine vengeance. Mark the tempests, tornadoes, hurricanes, and all kinds of ills that sweep over the globe, leaving devastation in their track, and the globe itself is wrapped in swaddling bands of mist, and Shines not out like its Sister stars in its pristine brightness and splendor. But down here a groan is sometimes the fittest wheel for the chariot of progress. Verse 14 deals with building a platform for the sin capacity to execute its desires. In the ninth chapter, we have the doctrine of absolute predestination proclaimed in the sternest and boldest manner, — the doctrine that God will have mercy on whom he will have mercy, and will have compassion on whom he will have compassion. The strangest ingredients go to make up the one matchless medicine for all our maladies. But to be spiritually minded is life and peace. How unnecessarily heavy have men often made that yoke! I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. He “knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,” —. And if children, then heirs; Romans 8:17: Joint-Heirs and their Divine Inheritance. How simple is the divine plan of salvation, — confess Jesus Christ believing in him; — or, in the other order, believe in Jesus Christ, and then acknowledge your faith for so it is written, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,” — baptism being the way of confessing the faith which you already possess. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible. A man consulted a doctor. Read Introduction to Romans 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. He regarded them as just. Romans 8:15, 16 The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption. Among Christians there must be unity, and especially in Christian families, so that all our powers may be undividedly employed in praising God. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. (1-2) Receiving the weaker brother. Romans 8:9. What will become of me in time and eternity? Or, “covetousness.” The very fact that God said to us, “Do it not,” wrought upon our nature so that we wanted to do it, and that which God commanded, which was a matter of indifference to us while we were in ignorance of his will, became, by reason of the depravity of our hearts, a thing to be resisted just because he had enjoined it upon us. “We know not what we should pray for as we ought.”. Irwin . To do this, they will undertake any labor, endure any suffering, or perform any self-denial; but, all the while, they despise God’s righteousness, — despise it by the very act of preferring their own, or seeking another way of salvation instead of walking in the one which God has provided. Oh, no; all who have beard it, have not obeyed it! This is the gospel in a nutshell. No slips, no gaps or chasms, by the way. Romans 10 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon The enemy grew tired of persecution before the saints were wearied by it. Leading implies following; and those who are enabled to follow the guidance of the Divine Spirit are most assuredly children of God, for the Lord ever leads his own children. When you do not know your own mind, God knows the mind of the Spirit, and that is the very essence of prayer. Christ did not receive us because we were perfect, because he could see no fault in us, or because he hoped to gain somewhat at our hands. Spurgeon also offers new insights into the text that will intrigue readers and make them ponder, afresh, what God has gifted to us in Romans. If he can sing in a dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven! "Commentary on Romans 14:4". Our own spirit — so changed as to be reconciled to God, and led in ways which once it never trod, — our own spirit bears witness that we are the sons of God; and then God’s own Spirit bears witness, too, and so we become doubly sure. C. H. Spurgeon. Romans 10:14. In this volume we give you Charles H. Spurgeon commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (Chapters 1 to 10, 12 and 15). I regret that they are not in heaven; it would seem to be a much more proper place for them than this imperfect earth is. But, through the death of Christ, we are dead to the law, and therefore we are set free from the principle and covenant of law, and we have come under the covenant of grace. Romans 10:31. We have another spirit altogether within us. Personal evidence is best. Scripture: Romans 14:23. They asked the meaning and were told, "Queen Mary is dead, and there will be no more burning of Protestants!". Do we suffer now? That is a Christian. Romans 9:1-5 Concern for Other Men's Souls. If a man, in all sincerity, drinks poison under the belief that it is a cheering cordial, it will kill him, notwithstanding his sincerity; and if a man sincerely believes a lie, it will turn out to be a lie notwithstanding his sincerity. God provides salvation in Christ Jesus, he sends the preacher to tell of it, men hear, they believe, and salvation is theirs. What mean the general mourning and sighing of the air all through the winter? I do not know what we can say. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh. God has given us, then, the Spirit to dwell in us, and now I trust we can say that we desire holiness, and righteousness, and peace, and joy, in the Holy Ghost, for these things are the things of the Spirit. People who were regarded as dogs by God’s chosen nation Israel have come into the house of the Lord, and still Israel refuses to come. Read Romans 14 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). His heart is not wishful to sin, but that old nature within him will sin even to the end. It is not what you shall do that shall save you; it is what Christ has done. But if we shun the path of humiliation with him, we may expect that he will deny us in the day of his glory. The Jews thought that God must certainly save them. If Christ’s Spirit has not quickened you, you do not belong to Christ. Do what they may, there is an essential impurity about their nature so that they cannot be well pleasing unto God. This is not a past, but a present experience, and he is a true heir of heaven who feels it within. He was not afraid or ashamed to speak of the purposes of God. True faith must be accompanied by an open confession. See here the whole machinery of salvation. The gospel has been preached, — preached, I trust, by one who can prove, by the many seals to his ministry, that he has been “sent” by God, who has given him these confirmations of his commission in the constant conversion of those to whom he has preached. Nay, my brethren, the only thing to be done with it is to let it die, and then to bury it. Let us learn each one of these weighty sentences by heart and put them all in practice. Every man should give most attention to that part of the work with which the Lord has entrusted him, with the one pure motive that God may be glorified thereby. That In the very same place where their sins made it patent and palpable they were not God’s people — in that very same place shall men confess that they are the children of the living God. And whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. "I promised," replied the emperor, with a generous air, "to destroy my enemies. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. “Quis separabit?” “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”, “Quis separabit?” That shall be our motto in every time of trial: “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”. Romans 8:28: The True Christian's Blessedness, Romans 8:28. 1. So we rejoice notwithstanding all our afflictions, trials, and depressions. Romans 9:7. All day long has he stood and stretched forth his hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. Doubting, troubled spirits, catch at it, believe it, practice it; and you shall find it true. Mr. The terms are inconsistent. (back to main index page) (SCRIPTURE LISTING) NOTE: Only the titles in boldface are working links. All things are of him, as the efficient cause; through him, as the disposing cause; to him, as the final cause. Is he healthy? and the answer was, "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 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. O you who are trying your best to please God apart from the new birth, and apart from Christ, see how this iron bar is put across your path: “they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” Go then to him and ask him to give you of his Spirit, that you may be spiritual, and no longer carnal. The first volume is "Lectures to my Students: a Selection from Addresses delivered to the Students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle". If not, unless there is a witness to our testimony, it avails nothing. Hear, then, you who have never had any religion; you who seldom go to the house of God. Why, say this: —. Groaning after holiness, and finding it in Jesus, we both sigh and sing, repent and rejoice, fight and conquer. Paul returned to the image of clothing ourselves. The Word which we preach tells of joys that will last for ever. Some kept the Jewish festivals and some did not. Let the old life be crucified and put to death with Christ, and let the new life take its place. We felt its rigorous taxation, and that we could not meet it. Jesus in his agony was strengthened by an angel; you are to be helped by God himself. The true man — the newborn man — is struggling after that which is right. Mark well that the only way to escape being conformed to the world is to be transformed. It is altogether impossible. There is no deliverance from its power but by death; but, blessed be God, we were crucified with Christ, and as new creatures we are under the rule of grace and. Romans 14:5. Even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: It is not a matter of doing with the hand, but of believing with the heart, and of confession with the mouth. Even the law itself has this for its main drift and purpose, — that it may introduce Christ. And joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 10:11. God forbid.”. Nov 13, 2005. Romans 14:4 Spurgeon's Verse Exposition Of Romans: The Expansive Commentary Collection (English Edition) eBook: Spurgeon, Charles H.: Amazon.com.mx: Tienda Kindle Receive the weak but sincere believer into fellowship, but do not at once commence discussing knotty points with him, or quarrel with him upon matters of no importance. Better times are, however, coming even for Israel after the flesh, for in the latter days they shall be converted to the Saviour. If any course of action which would be safe to us would be dangerous to weaker brethren, we must consider their infirmity and deny ourselves for their sakes. This is the way of the righteousness of God. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. There should at least be a sincere searching of the Holy Scriptures, and a candid listening to the preaching of the Word, before it is rejected. This is not an error on the part of the Jews alone; it is to be found also among many Gentiles. They do not love God except they can make him a little God. Spider Beetle Or Bed Bug, Present Perfect Subjunctive Example Sentences, How To Fix A Broken Sectional Couch, , Present Perfect Subjunctive Example Sentences, How To Fix A Broken Sectional Couch, If there are any men in the world who do keep the law of God, they are the very persons who do not hope to be saved by the keeping of it, for they have by faith found righteousness in Christ, and now by love and gratitude are put under the power of the law of the spiritual life in Christ and they so live, by God’s grace, that they do manifest the holiness of the law in their fires. This is not merely something which shall eventually turn out right; it is all right now, “We know that all things are working together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” No sooner does the apostle mention that word “purpose” than he must needs found a long discourse upon it. 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