Darby (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. 1835. The previous paragraph showed that being joined with Christ means we will suffer. Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary. But the glory of heaven it is such as shall be revealed in us, that is, we shall partake of this glory. Suffering is never pleasant !!! The being admitted into glorious society, even that of patriarchs and prophets, evangelists and apostles, saints and angels. Romans 8:19-22: “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/phc/romans-8.html. But the glory is that of an immortal being; a being that can die no more either in soul or body. Observe, 2. (2) The present help of the Spirit. The apostle adds εἰς ἡμᾶς, in and for us. The Spirit makes intercession to God, and the enemy prevails not. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). Do we call that man prosperous who sits a miserable wretch amid his treasures and asks for what can never be given, the neglected prosperity of former days? In this life they are in part renewed, and walk in his steps. Anab. Then do not toss your spirit and perplex your thoughts in fruitless, endless doubtings, but as you are convinced of ungodliness, believe on Him who justifies the ungodly. And what can a worldly life present, worthy for a moment to be put against this noble prize of our high calling? Alas, poor sinners! But in all that so believe the gospel as to find it “the power of God unto salvation.” (J. It is natural for us, as children of a Holy God, to wish for justice. The carnal man may, by the power of Divine grace, be made subject to the law of God, but the carnal mind never can; that must be broken and driven out. With our mercies and alleviations, and be ashamed to think of our ingratitude in permitting one sorrow to blind us to a thousand joys. In the singular we are not to discover a turn given to the argument, as if the apostle found it necessary to justify himself on account of the condition εἴπερ συμπάσχ. V. Present sufferings are proportioned to our present powers of enduring; but the glories of the future world, to another state of faculties, a very different order of capacities. "Living By Faith: Commentary on Romans". By and by, when the skilful brush of the painter has distributed those colours, I see the radiant beauty of the Madonna, the pathos of the Magdalene; I see the beauty of the landscape spread out upon the canvas, with meadow and hill and winding stream, and the splendours of the sunset crowning the whole. Health, for example, is the ordinary state of our being; sickness is an interruption of that state; hence we dwell on a few days or even hours of pain, while we let years of ease and vigour pass unnoticed. It shall be revealed; therefore as yet it is hid, and so it is. Indeed the whole creation seems to wait with earnest expectation for the period when the children of God shall be manifested in the glory prepared for them. Paul seems to say, ‘I have added up both sides, and I have struck the difference. Our passage gives answer Yes or No—depends upon belief in future life as revealed in Scripture. The second is taken from the order of it, or method in which it is dispensed, and that is, in succession to affliction. In order to encourage the Israelites to sustain the difficulties that presented themselves to their entry into Canaan, God sent them of the fruits of the land while they were still in the desert. He suffered so much that heaven had to be truly worthwhile for him to live as a Christian. As the glory so outweighs the suffering, the idea of merit, whether of condignity or of congruity, is of necessity excluded. God attempers His chastisements to our weakness; and, in general, so mingles goodness with severity, as even, amidst our sorrows, to call forth our thanksgivings. We are not only the recipients of a great favor, but the subjects in which a great display of the divine glory is to be made to others, Ephesians 3:10. In looking at the comparison, therefore, we must take into consideration the disadvantages arising from the one side being matter of experience and clearly discernible, while the other side is matter of faith, and placed beyond the power of human conception. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/romans-8.html. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And 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 together. In either of these methods [Note: The Scriptures point out these distinctly: they compare present with future good, Hebrews 11:16 and present evil with future, Luke 12:5. How vastly different are the sentence of the word and the sentiment of the world, concerning the sufferings of this present time! Literally the now time or season (Greek. (a) The sufferings must be rightly endured as coming from God for the purpose of discipline, and then—. The glory is yet future--it is not yet felt--whilst the suffering is felt. ), Present suffering and future glory in contrast. Dem. If we allow our feelings to predominate we shall allow our experience of pain to prevail over the revelations of faith. Prayer Book says Yes: "We thank Thee for our creation." 1871-8. Paul had revealed a moment before that the child of God might expect no exemptions but must suffer throughout the days of mortality; and therefore, by way of encouragement, he emphasizes as a motive for patience in such sufferings, their triviality, as compared with the ultimate glory of the children of God, a glory which they shall not merely see, but a glory in which they shall actually participate. (F. They shall see as they are seen, and know as they are known. Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 8:18". Paul now gives the assurance that no matter how great the sufferings of this present time they are not ‘worthy to be compared’ with the glory which is to be revealed towards us. ‘Nevertheless I am continually with Thee; Thou hast holden me by Thy right hand; Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory.’ ‘In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.’ ‘Thou hast put gladness in my heart more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. BibliographyGodet, Frédéric Louis. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. It is revealed at the ἀποκάλυψις (1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 4:13), the glorious second coming, of Christ, and is indeed His glory of which they are made partakers. "Commentary on Romans 8:18". Suffering is the royal road, for by it the King passed into His glory. This had been partially noticed before Romans 5:3-5, but its full power to support the soul in the prospect of a glorious immortality had not been fully discussed. 5. I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. The subjects of the suffering and of the glory. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. c. xxi. He realized Christianity and the mind of the Spirit constitute the only realistic choice. 1905. The term λογίζομαι, I reckon, here signifies: "I judge after calculation made." ‘For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed towards us.’. 1896. These will soon pass away; but that glory shall never become dim or diminished; it will increase and expand forever and ever. There is not a pain, nor a pleasure, a word, nor a thought, which, either directly or indirectly, does not reach out for ever and ever. God is a source of ineffable light, joy, knowledge, power, and goodness. Those that will be saved hereafter, they must be sanctified now. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1968), p. 269. The apostle observeth this method here and elsewhere (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). To see patriarchs, prophets, apostles, the early Churches, will be much, to be sure; yet will it be as nothing compared to what shall be! But neither does he say, “I think or conjecture,” for although he knew not the whole, he knew a good deal of both. Greathouse thus expressed it: Charles Hodge connected this verse with the remainder of the chapter thus: [27] William M. Greathouse, op. How it appears that the sufferings are not to be compared to the glory.

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