The idea evidently is, that the objects of attention, desire, and pursuit, to the carnal, are corrupt and worldly; while to the spiritual, they are the things which the Spirit proposes and approves. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". It is a live thing, and a quickening thing, for ye shall live. Those who are unrenewed. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". That there are but two sorts of men in the world; some after the flesh, and some after the Spirit. Mind the things of the Spirit — Think of, relish, love things invisible, eternal; the things which the Spirit hath revealed, which he works in us, moves us to, and promises to give us. He introduces this difference between the flesh and the Spirit, not only to confirm, by an argument derived from what is of an opposite character, what he has before mentioned, — that the grace of Christ belongs to none but to those who, having been regenerated by the Spirit, strive after purity; but also to relieve the faithful with a seasonable consolation, lest being conscious of many infirmities, they should despair: for as he had exempted none from the curse, but those who lead a spiritual life, he might seem to cut off from all mortals the hope of salvation; for who in this world can be found adorned with so much angelic purity so as to be wholly freed from the flesh? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/romans-8.html. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". By saying thatcarnal men care for, or think upon, the things of the flesh, he shows that he did not count those as carnal who aspire after celestial righteousness, but those who wholly devote themselves to the world. The test of whether we walk after the flesh or after the Spirit is revealed by our mind set. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1955), p. 130. Moreover, God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (verse 5). May 23, 2010. Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. b. This distinction is difficult to grasp because both terms have more than one meaning. 1685. who walk after the Spirit. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. None but those who are partakers of a heavenly birth feel heavenly realities to be their choice element, holy things their sweetest meditation, and the solemn worship of God their supreme delight. that are spiritual and regenerate, in whom the Spirit dwells. Romans 8:33-35. As he had proved that union with Christ was necessary to justification, he here shows that its certain consequence is also sanctification; while they who do not enjoy this union are still under the dominion of sin. That these two different sorts of men have two different objects, which they savour and relish; namely, the things of the flesh, and the things of the Spirit. — This is the awful state of the carnal mind — the mind of the flesh without faith in Christ, and renovation of the Spirit of God. Our family was on vacation during the fuel crisis a number of years ago when we ran short of fuel in a remote western part of the United States. (Mark 7:20-23) James pointed out that one sins, gives into temptation, when they allow themselves to be "carried away" (something that happens in the heart) by their own lusts. “For those who are according to the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, and those who are of the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” God is calling all to heaven; and Satan, the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), is offering us this world as he did Jesus. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". In 5:12-21, Paul contrasted Adam and Christ. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' "The Adam Clarke Commentary". BibliographyPett, Peter. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 8:1-11. The same idea as in Romans 8:4, but under a slightly different aspect: walking according to the flesh pointing to the outward life; being according to the flesh, to the carnal state. God is calling all to heaven; and Satan, the “god of this world” ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 ), is offering us this world as he did Jesus. To "be in the flesh" ( Romans 8:8) is to be unregenerate, to be devoid of the Spirit. Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". In chap. [d] 5 For those who live according t… Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. You may find him dejected or happy, without any visible cause: but when you inquire into the reasons of his experience, you will find that some change has taken place in his conflicts with sin, or in his sense of the Divine presence, or in his prospects in the eternal world; and, according as these are favourable or not, his soul becomes elevated or depressed; by which he shews that his chief treasure is in heaven. (Romans 14:1—15:13) V. Application (cont.) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/romans-8.html. To ". Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible, "For those who are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but those who are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. That the two characters may the more clearly appear, I will set them before you, The carnal man will follow carnal things—, [There is in man, by nature, a carnal principle only. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. Commentary on Romans 8:18-25 (Read Romans 8:18-25) The sufferings of the saints strike no deeper than the things of time, last no longer than the present time, are light afflictions, and but for a moment. But I will briefly repeat here what I have reminded you of before, — That to be in the flesh, or, after the flesh, is the same thing as to be without the gift of regeneration: (245) and such are all they who continue, as they commonly say, in pure naturals, (Puris naturalibus .). If our minds are not set on things above, perhaps we ought to reconsider our position. Have you never found in reading the Scriptures a sweet peace distill over your soul, as the glorious promises came forth one after another as the stars in the evening sky, each one brighter and clearer, and you felt a blessed persuasion of your interest in them? About Paul’s letter to the *Romans About the first Christians in Rome. 1832. But, in reference to earthly things, he is alive: his hopes and fears, his joys and sorrows, are called forth, according as he succeeds or fails in the objects of his pursuit. BibliographyBurkitt, William. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". 5.For they who are after the flesh, etc. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. 5.For they who are after the flesh, etc. The "Spirit" seems from the context to refer to the Holy Spirit rather than to the regenerated spirit of man. LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD—CHILDREN OF GOD. For they that are after the flesh - They that are under the influence of the corrupt and sinful desires of the flesh; Galatians 5:19-21. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/romans-8.html. It expresses any form of mental activity, any exercise of the intellect, will, or affections. Romans 8:5. οἱ γὰρ, for they that) From this passage and onward Paul primarily describes the condition of believers; and secondarily, for the purpose of illustrating it, what is contrary to that state.— ὀντες, who are) This refers to a state, or condition.— φρονοῦσι [mind] have a feeling for) A feeling which flows from the condition. It is not fear of punishment which makes us live as the Spirit tells us, but LOVE (1 John 4:18). Click on the image below for the link to Romans 8 commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/romans-8.html. They that are after the Spirit; they in whom the Holy Spirit habitually dwells, making them spiritual in their character. But the question is, not so much what our external conduct is in relation to them, as what the disposition of our minds is. That army controlled all the countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea. Romans 5:20-21 Commentary. For they, etc. The body is earthy and destined soon to go back to it. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. From this, it is clear that "walking after the flesh" means deliberately shutting out from the mind all other considerations except those related to animal, bodily, social and temporal needs and desires. (Romans 8:14) "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". Observe here, 1. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. We cannot be flesh man and spirit man both. A difference of persons mentioned. 2. ROMANS ROAD to RIGHTEOUSNESS: Romans 1:18-3:20: Romans 3:21-5:21: Romans 6:1-8:39: Romans … Broadman Press 1932,33. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". Justification is limited to the holy, for to live after the flesh is death. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. The divine order is, first God, then the human spirit, then the mind or soul, and finally the body. (244) Now, in the second clause he encourages the faithful to entertain good hope, provided they find that they are raised up by the Spirit to the meditation of righteousness: for wherever the Spirit reigns, it is an evidence of the saving grace of God; as the grace of God does not exist where the Spirit being extinguished the reign of the flesh prevails. 2 By no means! "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". By saying thatcarnal men care for, or think upon, the things of the flesh, he shows that he did not count those as carnal who aspire after celestial righteousness, but those who wholly devote themselves to the world. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". Read Introduction to Romans . 1700-1703. The spiritual man is in pursuit of heaven, as begun on earth, and perfected in glory: and, like a man in a race, or in a conflict, he engages with all his might, if by any means he may obtain the prize of his high calling. CONTRASTS AND REASSURANCE. Last Week's Top Questions . https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/romans-8.html. 1897-1910. (Witham). Forthey that are after the, flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. they mind spiritual and heavenly things, they relish them most of all; see Psalms 4:7 73:25. All others will ‘mind earthly things,’ Philippians 3:19. In other words, we cannot keep one foot in the world and one foot in heaven. God is calling all to heaven; and Satan, the “god of this world” ( 2 Corinthians 4:4 ), is offering us this world as he did Jesus. .—Those who not only walk (direct their conduct) according to the promptings of the flesh, but who are in themselves and in the whole bent of their dispositions the slaves of these promptings. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/romans-8.html. Their outward conduct flows from their inward character, as a stream from a fountain. Romans 8:5-14 - ESV. pneuma) would therefore normally be to the same Spirit. BibliographyCalvin, John. Romans 8:5-6. It can guide us, teach us, and tell us about God’s character. The latter. Galatians. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/romans-8.html. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Jesus Christ died for our sins. they savour, affect, and take delight in them. — They who act according to the principles of the renewed spiritual nature, and seek acceptance with God by faith in Him who is ‘the Lord the Spirit,’ Corinthians 3:17, mind spiritual things. Romans 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Ex. Even in his earthly engagements he bears in mind his great object, and endeavours to make even temporal pursuits subservient to his attainment of it. This transformation from the old state to the new one is here identified as "minding the things of the Spirit"; but Paul also identified the same condition as that of permitting the mind of Christ to be in the believer (Philippians 2:5f). 5. γὰρ. “The verb,” says [Turrettin ], “means not only to think of, to understand, to attend to a thing; but also to mind it,to value it, and to take great delight in it. Ephesians. But I will briefly repeat here what I have reminded you of before, — That to be in the flesh, or, after the flesh, is the same thing as to be without the gift of regeneration: (245) and such are all they who continue, as they commonly say, in pure naturals, (Puris naturalibus .). “For those who are according to the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, and those who are of the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”. DD. American Tract Society. His pleasures may be more or less refined; but, whether they be of an intellectual or corporeal nature, his end in pursuing them is the gratification of his own taste. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (m) They that live as the flesh leads them. b. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". 5.] Romans 8:13. 2:2 -9 ). To "be according to the flesh" ( Romans 8:5) means to allow the human nature to dominate one"s life. 1871-8. Charles Schribner's Sons. We are bought with a price. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/romans-8.html. "For those who are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh; but those who are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. The ὄντες might be entirely omitted; and φρονοῦσιν is the predicate to be affirmed of both parties, according to its different purport in the two cases. "Commentary on Romans 8:5". Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. All through the history of the church, the problem arises from the attitude that most of us share, I am sure, that God is clearly pleased with the way we live -- … BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The stream riseth not above the spring. Colossians 3:2 etc. The good opinion of men will limit his exertions for God; and the attainment of some earthly object be prosecuted in preference to the best interests of his soul. We cannot edify one another, while quarrelling and contending. For to be carnally minded is death. Galatians 5:16-17). (James 1:14), "after the Spirit"-i.e. The gratification of purely earthly and selfish ends. Whatever may be their profession of religion, their hearts are supremely engrossed with earthly things; and for these, if they could obtain their wish through eternity, they would gladly barter all the glories of heaven. Compare Matthew 16:23, οῦ φρονεῖς τὰ τοῦ θεοῦ, thou savorest not the things of God. 1974. Thus the man walks "in newness of life," as Paul had already stated in Romans 6:4. 1765. "Spirit" seems from the context to refer to the Holy Spirit rather than to the regenerated spirit of man. Colossians. Take both the characters, and consider them. 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. BibliographyWesley, John. If Romans 5:12 teaches that men are subject to death on account of the sin of Adam, if this is the doctrine of the whole passage, and if, as is admitted, Romans 5:13, Romans 5:14 are designed to prove the assertion of Romans 5:12, then is it necessary that the apostle should show that death comes on those who have no personal or actual sins to answer for. 12 So then . For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh: The law can do many things. In favor of the former view, the chapter began with a clear reference to the Holy Spirit ( Romans 8:2). Colossians 3:2 etc. p. 646) To direct the mind to something, and so to seek or strive for (Matthew 16:23; Philippians 3:19; Colossians 3:2). He may know of persons capable of advancing his spiritual welfare: but he has no sympathy with them, nor any desire after their company, Any excess in worldly-mindedness he can forgive and palliate: but any thing that approximates to excess in religious matters is deemed by him an unpardonable offence: and one instance of it will do more to repel him from religion, than ten thousand instances of the opposite habit to deter him from a conformity to the world. It expresses any form of mental activity, any exercise of the intellect, will, or affections. God sent Jesus to break the relentless hold of sin and death over human beings, “in order that the requirement of the law might be fulfilled (pleroo) in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4; see 13:8b). When at the throne of grace, favored with liberty of spirit and access to your heavenly Friend, have you never felt the peace of God to drop into your heart, and like oil upon the waves, to allay every rising of rebellion within? The flashing red neon sign outside our windows illuminated our room all through the ni… 1832. Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 8:5". It was therefore necessary to define what it is tobe in the flesh, and to walk after the flesh. Romans 8:5 "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Here Paul began to elaborate the difference between "flesh" and "Spirit." The same judgment we may form, by noticing what subjects we most delight to converse about, whether on those which pertain to this life only, or those which relate to the kingdom of our Lord and the interests of our souls. Romans 11. BibliographySchaff, Philip. Just as sin and death came into the world through Adam to afflict all (5:12-14), so the free gift of grace came into the world through Christ to justify many (5:15-21). Again, from Tertullian. All men belong either to the one or the other. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Romans 8:5: Amos 4:1-3 John 21:4-12 Romans 8:5-6 James 1:6-8 Romans 8:4 : Romans 8:6 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. The second part of the book is Service. Rep. p. 505 B 1 Maccabees 10:20. the things of the flesh, etc. Do mind the things of the flesh - They are supremely devoted to the gratification of their corrupt desires. Commentary on Romans 8:14-17. They mind them; that is, they relish and savour them, they lay out their thoughts about them, and let out their endeavours after them. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. 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