romans 7:8 commentary

BibliographyWesley, John. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. It is a general truth, which he presently applies to his own case. "We can't keep God's commandments; in fact, they were given to show that we can't keep them." 1874-1909. "William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament". Chapter 13. "Commentary on Romans 7:8". But sin, taking occasion by the commandment (that commandment which expressly forbids it) wrought in me all manner of lusting.' But it seems also consistent with the apostle's meaning, to interpret the place as implying the time in which Paul, in his unconverted Jewish state, had not the proper knowledge of the law - while he was unacquainted with its spirituality. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/romans-7.html. Learn hence, that such as either know not the word and law of God, or do not duly consider it, have very little sense of inward pollution. This book is written for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. For without the law - i:e., Before its extensive demands and prohibitions come to operate upon our corrupt nature, Sin [was] (rather, 'is') dead - i:e., the sinful principle of our nature lies so dormant, so torpid, that its virulence and power are unknown, and to our feeling it is as good as "dead.". Restraint by law rouses the mad passions; urges to greater deeds of depravity; makes the sinner stubborn, obstinate, and more desperate. The word used here means often to operate in a powerful and efficacious manner. The Lacedaemonians agreed that Peloponnesus would be ἀφορμὴν ἱκανὴν agood base of operations (Thucydides, i., 90). There is a principle of sin, a corruption of nature which lies back of all conscious voluntary exercises, to which they owe their origin. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. The speed limit signs did not create the wild desire to rush forward: that was there before. Romans 2:20-23 Commentary. But in Romans 8:9; Romans 8:11; Romans 8:16; Romans 8:26-27 it signifies that heavenly Person, whom we call the Holy Ghost, given to the Apostles and others in his miraculous power, and sent to enlighten and sanctify all those who submit to the righteousness of God which is by faith, and desire to live soberly, righteously, and godly. It becomes a distinct breach of law, where previously there had been no law to break. In revivals of religion it often happens that people evince violence, and rage, and cursing, which they do not in a state of spiritual death in the church; and it is often a very certain indication that a man is under conviction for sin when he becomes particularly violent, and abusive, and outrageous in his opposition to God. Chapter 16. By "sin" is meant, not the devil, as some of the ancients thought; but the vitiosity and corruption of nature, indwelling sin, the law in the members that took "occasion" by the law of God; so that the law at most could only be an occasion, not the cause of sin, and besides, this was an occasion not given by the law, but taken by sin; so that it was sin, and not the law, which. John Wesley's Commentary on Romans 7 (click here for a full commentary) 'This is a kind of a digression, to the beginning of the next chapter, wherein the apostle, in order to show in the most lively manner the weakness and inefficacy of the law, changes the person and speaks as of himself, concerning the misery of one under the law. 7. 3:13; Eph. Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament. This is a chronologically-ordered Bible site with commentary on each passage. (f) Abkath Rochel, l. 1. par. Romans 3:20, Romans 5:20. But the thing to which we are here said to be excited is not this, but we are excited to does, things forbidden by the law. What . Concupiscence.—Rather, coveting; the same word which had been used above. The Letter to the Romans has fascinated and perplexed readers ever since antiquity, when the Church Fathers commented extensively on it. Wrought… concupiscence—Commentators generally understand that the apostle here describes the reaction that sometimes takes place, with which the fractious soul sins the worse from its very spite against the restraints of law. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. They live at ease. The connection requires us to under stand it only so far as it was excited by the Law. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/romans-7.html. Only men seeking first the Kingdom of God and His goodness will be interested in these writings. BibliographyGodbey, William. This confirmation is drawn either from a fact of Paul's personal experience, or from an universally admitted truth. Detexit in me omnem concupiscentiam. Romans 4:15, Romans 5:13 : but especially 1 Corinthians 15:56. Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:13. Inclination for unlawful enjoyments. "Commentary on Romans 7:8". Romans 7:8. Paul emphasizes this, saying that, "apart from the law sin is dead. I hence wonder what could have come into the minds of interpreters to render the passage in the preterimperfect tense, as though Paul was speaking of himself; for it is easy to see that his purpose was to begin with a general proposition, and then to explain the subject by his own example. 8. 8 ThereisthereforenownocondemnationforthosewhoareinChristJesus.12 ForthelawofhtheSpiritoflifeiha… Not ‘was,’ the proposition is a general one. The law inhibiting sin, and not giving power to avoid it, our impetuous lusts take occasion or advantage from thence, the more eagerly to pursue it. Used by Permission. John Trapp Complete Commentary. It was not confined to one single desire, but extended to everything which the Law declared to be wrong.Concupiscence - Unlawful or irregular desire. (2) the Law acts the part of a detector, and lays open to view that which was in the bosom, but was concealed. chapter 7 is removed from its connection with Romans 6 and 8, it can mean just about the opposite of what Paul intended. Barclay, p99.]. ‘To man everything forbidden appears as a desirable blessing; but yet, as it is forbidden, he feels that his freedom is limited, and now his lust rages more violently, like the waves against the dyke’ (Tholock). Genesis 3. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/romans-7.html. Sin found its chance. Sin was dead - It was inoperative, inactive, unexcited. For without the law sin was dead. Freedom from the Law. Where there is no commandment sin is dead, because it has nothing to antagonize. 6:14; 7:4; Gal. 8 offers from £108.67. The connection requires us to under stand it only so far as it was excited by the Law. 1. "Commentary on Romans 7:8". Paul is speaking of himself … Concupiscence.—Rather, coveting; the same word which had been used above. Charles Schribner's Sons. iii. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". This is farther explained in the next verse. Romans 7:8. Romans 2:17-19 Commentary. As an old Roman writer declared: "We always endeavor to obtain that which is forbidden, and desire that which is denied", or as another confessed: "The permitted is unpleasing; the forbidden consumes us fiercely."". 936 pages. This is the case with regard to sin in every form. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. On a sound nature, the commandment would not have acted thus; witness the first temptation in which a foreign agent required to play the part here ascribed to sin. For without the law — that is, before its extensive demands and prohibitions come to operate upon our corrupt nature. Is the law sin? Romans 5:13-14. 2: p. 46. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/romans-7.html. of Romans 7:7. 8. By "sin" is meant, not the devil, as some of the ancients thought; but the vitiosity and corruption of nature, indwelling sin, the law in the members that took "occasion" by the law of God; so that the law at most could only be an occasion, not the cause of sin, and besides, this was an occasion not given by the law, but taken by sin; so that it was sin, and not the law, which. He brings an illustration that might have escaped most persons, but which goes directly to establish his position that the Law is insufficient to promote the salvation of man. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Romans 7:8: Romans 10:1-3 Romans 7:7 : Romans 7:9 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the la… BibliographyAbbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. For sin is a dead thing. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/romans-7.html. The connection may then be with Romans 8:4, so that Romans 8:5 and Romans 8:6 are coordinate, Romans 8:6 presenting an additional reason why believers do not walk after the flesh. Besides, the phrase ἀφορμὴν λαμβάνειν ἐκ, or παρά, or ἀπό, is common, but with διά it never occurs: διά is not the appropriate preposition; whereas κατεργάζεσθαι διά is perfectly appropriate. It is used both of evil and good. λαβ. This interpretation is plainly necessary from the following κατειργάσατο κ. τ. λ. Reiche, following De Dieu and several others, erroneously (comp. The restraint of law makes sin spring into life, because our human nature rebels against any restraint. Sin is relatively inoperative until excited into opposition by the law. Taking occasion by the commandment — Forbidding, but not subduing it, was only fretted, and wrought in me so much the more all manner of evil desire. Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. People‘s passions would exist; but without law they would not be known to be evil, and they would not be excited into wild and tumultuous raging. This it does, because. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/romans-7.html. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Some critics make the words διὰ τῆς ἐντολῆς, by the commandment, dependent on the participle λαβοῦσα, having taken. Through the commandment, namely, that mentioned in Romans 7:7, wrought in me all manner of evil desire; the same word as in Romans 7:7. "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". (Challoner) --- Sin. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. 1870. iii. The occasion which called these forth in the mind of Paul was the Law crossing his path, and irritating and exciting the native strong inclinations of the mind.By the commandment - By all law appointed to restrain and control the mind.Wrought in me - Produced or worked in me. The Mosaic Law became a curse! 2 Thus a married woman is bound by law to her living husband; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law in respect to her husband. NIV. BibliographyNicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. You can ignore the wider context of Romans 9-11 and zero in on the pregnant statements in verse 9 (“If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 10:5-15" The literal translation would be: Without law sin is dead. 1 Timothy 5:14. wrought = worked out. By the commandment - By all law appointed to restrain and control the mind. Keyword: Filter: Page 1 | First: 2,000 sermons: SORT. ); and whereas sin works concupiscence in all men, and deceives all men, it wrought concupiscence in the Jew, and deceived him under this singular and extraordinary circumstance of having received a destructive power from the law, and so rendered him a dead man in law; which was not the case of the rest of mankind, who then were, as they had always been from the time of the promise (Genesis 3:15. "Commentary on Romans 7:8". The order of the phrases is due to the necessity of emphasising the manner of sin’s entry into experience; διὰ τ. ἐ. is here unemphatic. Closely with ἀφ. Paul emphasizes this, saying that, "apart from the law sin is dead. " (4) this is particularly true in regard to a sinner. A Liberating Commentary on Romans 6, 7 and 8. by. The very attempt to set up authority over him throws him into a posture of resistance, and makes him a party, and excites all the feelings of party rage. All other rights reserved. 4,) “We always endeavour to obtain what is forbidden, and desire what is denied.” (These passages are quoted from Tholuck.) 1859. "Commentary on Romans 7:8". Romans 2:14 f. Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 7:8". Instead of the commandment helping people overcome sin, it exasperates their attempt to do so. Commenting on this passage, R.L. But (proceeding with the development of sin by means of the law) sin (the sinful principle or propensity, but without any conscious personification on the part of the Apostle,—see some excellent remarks on personification in Tholuck) having found occasion ( ἀφορμή, as its derivation shews, means more than mere opportunity,—it indicates the furnishing the material and ground of attack, the wherewith and whence to attack. 5 a Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, b we 1 have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. "Everybody sins daily." 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. Taking occassion by the commandment; i.e. Go to. (5) the effect here noticed by the apostle is one that has been observed at all times, and by all classes of writers. Gospel. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. God's word of command to Adam and Eve called their attention to the forbidden fruit. The law then is not evil, but it produces the conviction of sin, by teaching us what sin is, Romans 7:7, and by making us conscious of the existence and power of this evil in our own hearts, Romans 7:8. And it is this malignant principle, already in existence, which bears all the responsibility of the disagreeable effects of the law. Select here for a new reading date: BibleTrack Home & Index << Rom 4: Rom 9 >> For New King James text and comment, click here. This meaning is not inadmissible. Thus, the presentation of wealth, or of advantages possessed by others which we have not, may excite covetousness or envy. And the analogous application, which the general proposition admits of to the moral law of nature also, is indeed self-evident, but lies here aloof from the apostle’s sphere of thought. 4,) “Do not think, Romans, that it will be hereafter as it was before the Law was enacted. It becomes a struggle for victory; in the controversy with God he re solves not to be overcome. 1832. He knows that this corruption was even increased in violence by the discovery of the strictness of the law, which makes not the smallest allowance for sin, but condemns it in its root, and in its every motion. Although the lectionary excludes the last two verses of this passage (verses 7-8… "Commentary on Romans 7:8". The prohibition has for its effect to fix the object strongly on the imagination, and thereby to lend it a new charm. 17, ‘Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata:’ and Seneca, de Clem. It was dead, says Paul. Sin; his sinful inclination led him to resist the commandment, and the more to indulge evil desires in opposition to its requirements. 4.6 out of 5 stars 303. Thus, the fruit presented to Eve was the exciting cause of sin; the wedge of gold to Achan excited his covetousness. The same word rendered lust in the foregoing verse is here rendered concupiscence, which is not so proper a translation, having a more limited meaning generally attached to it. This gives a deeper view of the tenth commandment than the mere words suggest. 6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. "Commentary on Romans 7:8". Generally, resources, as means of war, capital in business. Thus, Cato says (Livy, xxxiv. χωρὶς γὰρ κ.τ.λ. Sin is unable to. Wuest: “out from among the dead.” Rom 8:12 “brothers and sisters.” The Greek word “brothers” often includes men and women. In the preceding verse Paul had shown that the law does not cause sin, but discovers it, stripping it of its disguise, and bringing it to light. The law did not properly give occasion, but sin took it. Thus, we say that a tempting object of desire presented is the exciting cause of covetousness. It excited and discovered in him those corruptions of which he had been unconscious, until they were encountered and provoked by the restraints of the law. ◄Romans 7:8 ► But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, worked in me all manner of concupiscence. For this acceptation of the word I can find no adequate authority except in its etymology - απο, from, and ὁρμη, impetus. 1897-1910. It accordingly happens that many a man is more profane, blasphemous, and desperate when under conviction for sin than at other times. Et hominem improbum non accusari tutius est, quam absolvi, et luxuria non mota tolerabilior esset, quam erit nunc, ipsis vinculis, sicut fera bestia, irritata, deinde emissa.’. Their state is practically that of the struggle of Romans Seven, where neither Christ nor the Holy Spirit is mentioned, but only a quickened but undelivered soul in struggle under a sense of ‘duty,’ not a sense of full acceptance in Christ and sealing by the Holy Spirit.” (Newell) It was this which "he had not known but by the law." Thus sin, the sting of death, received force or advantage to destroy by the commandment, (Romans 7:8; Romans 7:11. Commentary on Romans 12:1-8. Here, Romans 7:11; 2 Corinthians 5:12; 2 Corinthians 11:12. For apart from law, sin is dead" (Romans 7:8) Sin existed before the Law was given and sin dominated the lives of every human being dating back to the fall of Adam. Now this may be the meaning; and yet the idea seems hardly called for, or relevant to the train of thought. (8) Taking occasion.—The word in the Greek implies originally a military metaphor: taking as a “base of operations,” i.e., an advanced post occupied as the starting-point and rendezvous for further advances. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". But the notices brought the man into conscious conflict with authority." In revivals of religion it often happens that people evince violence, and rage, and cursing, which they do not in a state of spiritual death in the church; and it is often a very certain indication that a man is under conviction for sin when he becomes particularly violent, and abusive, and outrageous in his opposition to God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/romans-7.html. In favor of this is the fact, that the main idea of the passage is thus brought out. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. 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