But to this it may be objected, that Paul frequently uses these terms in connection to designate the different orders of spiritual beings, Ephesians 1:21; Colossians 1:16; and secondly, that corresponding terms were in common use among the Jews in this sense. Commentary on Romans Rosscup : This is a much-respected 746-pp. fresh difficulties with the body of sin; an hour of temptation, Things future refer to whatever will occur to us either after our time in the world, or after that of the whole world has terminated, as the last judgment, the conflagration of the world, eternal punishment; or those things, which, though they now exist, will yet become known to us at length by name in the world to come, and not till then.— οὔτε δύναμις,1(106) nor power)(107) δύναμις often corresponds to the Hebrew word צבא, and signifies forces, hosts. often is the case of his dear children, can have no such effect; "E.W. God's Spirit now rules in your life and he has made you free. and full assurance of faith the apostle had, that nothing No one has an absolute certainty that they shall be saved. Romans 8:38. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ges/romans-8.html. Romans … BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/romans-8.html. separate from the love of God; it is so far from it, that it lets "Commentary on Romans 8:38". and with a blessing; and the great mercy of all is, that these cease to love when he afflicts his people; yea, afflictions It is probable, from the nature of the passage, that this clause is to be taken generally, without any specific reference to either good or bad angels as such. For I am persuaded. the divine presence to all eternity; and it often separates Romans 8:38 f. The Apostle’s personal conviction given in confirmation of all that has been said, especially of Romans 8:37. πέπεισμαι cf. Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:4. latter, which is all they can do; yet they cannot separate 1685. Not all the forces, even, that move the astronomic worlds could separate the redeemed from Christ. It all comes down to "conviction, faith, trust" (). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/romans-8.html. In thus expressing his own triumphant conviction, the Apostle not only sums up what precedes, but goes further. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. As in every pair there is a kind of contrast, some have sought one here also: either making ἄγγελοι good and ἀρχαὶ evil powers, though both spiritual; or ἄγγελοι heavenly, and ἀρχαὶ (as in Luke 12:11, Titus 3:1) earthly powers, in which case either might be either good or bad. elect in him; upon eternal predestination, and the unalterable In Romans 8:38-39, the Apostle Paul lists some of the most dreadful things we encounter in life: fear of death, unseen forces, demons, powerful rulers, unknown future events, and even the fear of heights and drowning, to name a few. with the trials of life, and chastises them for their sins, yet https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/romans-8.html. Romans 8:31-39 is one of the most encouraging and affirming passages in all of God's Word. The critical evidence is however absolutely decisive in separating “powers” from “principalities” in this instance and placing it after “things present, nor things to come.” It would be better therefore to take it in a wider sense: “Agencies of every kind, personal or impersonal.”. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/romans-8.html. But testimony of higher antiquity maintains the former order of enumeration to be superior. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. If they should endeavour such a thing, they would never effect it: and thus they make the apostle here to argue, as he doth in another place, Galatians 1:8. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. Principalities are the ranks and orders of beings in the background, never appearing to human view, and but dimly presupposed and rarely alluded to in Scripture. Neither death, nor life—The two potencies of existence; namely, the two stages of human existence, life and death. Good and bad angels (see Ephesians 6:12). F16: nor powers; angels, they never attempt to separate God and his people; they strong expressions of his grace to them, notwithstanding all Latin Vulgate, "I am certain." They come but very slightly within the range of the redemptive scheme; and so scarce within the limits of the purpose of Scripture revelation. Nor powers—Perhaps including the grand physical forces of universal nature, known to science, especially to astronomy, in the abstract, but sometimes personified in Scripture as living agencies, and even identified with angels. Romans 8:38. 1879-90. neither soul nor body from the love of God: the Jews often say, 1871-8. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/romans-8.html. Nor angels, nor principalities—Two potencies of living agents in the supersensible spiritual world. company, and cast them out as evil; may separate them in prisons ruin: nor things to come; BibliographyGodbey, William. 1859. Nothing that God has made, whatever be its nature, shall be able to separate us ἀπὸ τῆς ἁγάπης τοῦ θεοῦ τῆς ἐν χ. ἰ. τοῦ κ. ἡμῷν, The love of Christ is God’s love. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". 2 Timothy 3:1. Romans 8:38-39 I really like this. Romans 8:34, and the order of its series, and Romans 8:36. Paul is certain that no hostile power in all the universe can separate us from his love!!! The first and second terms point to vicissitudes of time, the third to earthly powers of any kind. Greek. Much of the N.T. Paul listed the extremities of existence in this verse and the next. College Press, Joplin, MO. given in love; and though they may be but few, they are in mercy, The insertion at this point of the phrase ‘nor powers,’ which should be placed at the close of the verse, shows that the early transcribers so understood the passage. 38. "Commentary on Romans 8:38". God will never say that they are guilty. Neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers. This much beloved passage celebrates that God is always present and always willing to help in our hour of need (v. 26)that all things work together for good for those who love God (v. 28)that, if God is for us, it really doesnt matter who is against us (v. 31)and that there is no power strong enough or circumstance dire enough to separate us from the love of God (vv. deceived the elect of God, but that was impossible: nor things present; Today, we sleep separately and he refuses to speak to me-he just glares… A loving person led me to Romans 8-28 and after reading your commentary, I now understand that there is good coming out of this, I just need to keep my faith and fill my days with scripture reading instead of having high anxiety of what may happen day after day. A similar chiasmus occurs at Matthew 12:22, so that the blind and dumb both spake and saw, [blind referring to saw; dumb to spake]. Latin version adds, "nor fortitude"; and the Ethiopic version, These are both mighty powers over human destiny. The expression here implies unwavering certainty. But it is difficult to determine whether we should understand good angels, or bad, or both. The suggestions of “another world,” or of “aspects of reality out of relation to our faculties,” and therefore as yet unknown to us, are toys, remote from the seriousness and passion of the Apostle’s mind. Salem Media Group. Neither death nor life. Neither death, nor life; i.e. "Commentary on Romans 8:38". οὔτε ἐνεστῶτα οὔτε μέλλοντα: cf. Paul has established that God is for all of us who are in Christ; for those who have been saved by their faith. "William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament". Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 8:38". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/romans-8.html. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". neither fear of death, nor hope of life. his love towards them in Christ Jesus. against principalities, against powers;” terms belonging to the Jewish enumeration of angels. his loving kindness be does not take away from them: nor angels; are not their all, nor do they take off their value and esteem Whether these words pictured something to Paul’s imagination we cannot tell; the patristic attempts to give them definiteness are not happy. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/romans-8.html. No charge or accusation made against us can stand, because God has provided for our justification and Christ is interceding for us. Crit. "Commentary on Romans 8:38". power of working miracles in confirmation of their doctrines, by Nor principalities.—Comp. of life; and though "the prosperity of fools shall destroy them", Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. whatsoever state or condition they may come into: the Vulgate Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. which they deceived many; and if it had been possible, would have the soul into the fullest enjoyment of it: and as corporeal the evils and pressures that are upon us now, or that shall be upon us hereafter. We don"t have control over the "externals nor many of the circumstances", but we do have control over what we choose to believe! Present desertions, or the hidings of God's face, which Pentecost and Paul’s proclamation First, it may be helpful to narrate from Acts 2.1-4 the outpouring of the Spirit on the diverse peoples gathered for Pentecost. between God and his own people, with respect to communion, but Learn more Start my trial Back . When the saints act out of character, corrections will be employed to bring them back again. their conversion; and appears to continue the same from the the enjoyment of him. The former view is to be preferred. Commentary on Romans by John Calvin. Nothing in this life, nor in the future; no present or future event, etc. 1897. οὔτε τις κτίσις ἑτέρα: nor any created thing of different kind. Proud member death separates men from the world, their worldly habitations and 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (104) See Appendix. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 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