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The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 8:1-39

( c ) The blessed condition and assured hope of such as are in Christ Jesus. The summary of the contents of this chapter, which follows the Exposition, may be referred to in the first place by the student, so as to assist comprehension of the line of thought. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 8:5-8

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. For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace. Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. These verses are added for explanation and enforcement of the condition demanded at the end of Romans 8:4 ;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 8:5-8

For there are two φρονήματα in us still, of the flesh as well as of the Spirit; the one tending to death and the other to life; and it is only those who give themselves to the latter that can share in the life to which it tends. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 8:6-9

The flesh and the Spirit. Being free from sin in Christ Jesus, we are also free from its results—condemnation and death; or rather—for the result is one—the death, of which condemnation is but one aspect. I. THE MIND OF THE FLESH . In a state of sin, as in a state of holiness, there is activity, though the activity be abnormal. The "flesh," equally with the "spirit;" has its "mind," i.e. its purpose, its aspiration; an activity which tends to a goal. And what is the dread... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 8:7

Because - This is given as a reason for what is said in Romans 8:6. In that verse the apostle had affirmed that to be carnally minded was death, but he had not stated why it was. He now explains it by saying that it is enmity against God, and thus involves a sinner in conflict with him, and exposes to his condemnation.The carnal mind - This is the same expression as occurs in Romans 8:6 τὸ φρόνημα τὴς σαρκός to phronēma tēs sarkos. It does not mean the mind itself, the intellect, or the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 8:8

So then - It follows; it leads to this conclusion.They that are in the flesh - They who are unrenewed sinners; who are following supremely the desires of the flesh; Romans 7:18. Those are meant here who follow fleshly appetites and desires, and who are not led by the Spirit of God.Cannot please God - That is, while they are thus in the flesh; while they thus pursue the desires of their corrupt nature, they cannot please God. But this affirms nothing respecting their ability to turn from this... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 8:5-7

Romans 8:5-7 . For Or rather, now; they that are after the flesh The apostle having, Romans 8:1, described those to whom there is no condemnation, as persons who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, to prevent all mistakes in such an important point, here informs us what he means by walking after the flesh, and after the Spirit. The former, he says, is to mind the things of the flesh; that is, as the word φρονεω signifies, to esteem, desire, and delight in them;... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 8:8

Romans 8:8. So then, &c. The inference to be drawn from the principles just laid down, is, they that are in the flesh In the sense explained in the preceding verses, and especially Romans 7:5, where see the notes; they who are under the government of the flesh, of their animal appetites and passions, or of their corrupt nature; they who are carnally minded; cannot please God Namely, while they continue so, or, till they be justified and regenerated. He means, they are not in a state... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Romans 8:1-17

Victory through the Spirit (8:1-17)The reason believers can have victory through Christ is that the power of the indwelling Spirit of Christ is greater than the power of the old sinful nature. The downward pull of the sinful nature may be likened to the downward pull of the earth’s gravity. A stone thrown into the air will fall to the ground, because it has no life or power to overcome the force of gravity. A bird thrown into the air will fly away, because it has a living power that enables it... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Romans 8:7

carnal mind = minding of the flesh, as Romans 8:6 . enmity . Greek. echthra. Here, Luke 23:12 .Galatians 1:5 , Galatians 1:20 . Ephesians 2:15 , Ephesians 2:16 . James 4:4 . against . App-104 . it is not subject to = does not submit itself to. Greek. hupotasso. See Romans 10:3 . neither . Greek. oude. read more

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