Bibliography"Commentary on Romans 8:35". It signifies straitness, being hemmed in on every side, without the possibility of getting out or escaping; from στενος, strait or narrow, and χωρος, a place. Therefore the question is not, Who shall separate the love of Christ from us? "Commentary on Romans 8:35". Paul mentions the kind of death, with which he himself had been sometimes threatened, ch. View more titles. Then there comes persecution itself, which drives them out to famine and nakedness; the end is peril, the danger of death, and sword, death itself’ (Lange). This means violence carried to the utmost extremity. From their corporeal assaults, even the Divine Protector promises no immunity and no deliverance from their earthly power. These Scriptures may not be altered or modified in any form and must remain in their original context. BibliographyTrapp, John. These, at some times, and in some countries, are exceedingly many and great; and at all times, and in all countries, are more or less numerous and trying. Paul changes the figure from “who” (τις tis) to “what” (τι ti). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/romans-8.html. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. It is the result of the long-settled purpose of God. - Στενοχωρια, a word of nearly the same import with the former, but more intense in its signification. The fact is, that the more painful the trials to which they are exposed on his account, the more strong and unwavering is their love to him, and their confidence in his ability to save. shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nor life - With all the affliction and distress it can bring, Romans 8:35; or a long, easy life; or all living men. what: but masc. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. Or sword? What precedes the expression, as it here stands, seems to require that it should be understood in the former sense, as the certainty of divine protection has been the subject of the writer's remarks. of inflicting capital punishment. kindunos. This order is the more proper, since their internal fears and misgivings are more formidable than their outward trials, and the hatred and opposition of the world; and until the believer, as has been observed, has overcome the former by having the answer of a good conscience towards God, he is not prepared to withstand the latter. Romans 8:2. If God were not their protector, even in this land of freedom, the followers of the Lamb would be cut off or injured. after the Spirit. BibliographyGill, John. We must also reflect on the greatness of His love, that it is His will we should be one with Him, and that He guards us as the apple of His eye. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. But so far is persecution from separating believers from the love of Christ, that Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake. 4th, Famine. It is the Lords providence that averts such injuries, or overrules events for the protection of His people. These Scriptures are not shareware and may not be duplicated.These scriptures are not public domain. This is a new argument of the apostle, showing his strong confidence in the safety of the Christian. Who… separate—The apostle now issues his third challenge to the foes of the redeemed. The apostle is referring to the persecutions and tribulations to which genuine Christians were exposed through their attachment to Christ, and the gracious provision God had made for their support and final salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:4-10; 2 Corinthians 11:26 f., Romans 12:10. of inflicting capital punishment. But the Apostle understood it. It refers, therefore, to distress or anxiety “of mind,” such as the early Christians were often subject to from their trials and persecutions; 2 Corinthians 7:5,” Without were fightings, “within were fears;” see the note at Romans 2:9. Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Their love is interchangeable. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/romans-8.html. Romans 8:3 - For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, on StudyLight… And besides, it militates against the conclusion in Romans 8:39, which ought certainly to respond to this question. The language, too, employed, favors this sense; for the Apostle does not say, Who shall separate Christ from our love? but, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? and, in the 37th verse, the meaning is determined by the expression, We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. for uniformity with Romans 8:33-34) shall separate us from the love of Christ? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/romans-8.html. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. Or peril? Romans 8, Wesley's Explanatory Notes, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, produced by John Wesley between 1754 and 1765, has stood the test of time. The persecuted have often been pursued and constrained to flee from place to place, as the Lord Jesus was carried into Egypt when Herod sought to kill Him. But the love of Christ is greatly exalted by the fact, that none of all possible adverse circumstances, of which the apostle enumerates not a few, shall ever change his love. Romans 4:25); it is He who sits at the place of power lovingly ruling the world for our sake; He it is who is pleading on our behalf; how then can any one, or anything, separate us from His love?’ The questions which follow suggest what might seem to threaten such separation. The love here spoken of as the security of believers being the love of Christ, Christ must be God. saith the Syriac. 2 Corinthians 6:4 f.; and on the so frequently repeated ἥ, Xen. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. ", "know Him, and the power of his resurrection;", "Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/romans-8.html. Future active of old verb χοριζω chorizō from adverb χωρις chōris and that from χωρα chōra space. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. - Θλιψις, grievous affliction, or distress of any kind; from θλιβω, to compress, oppress, straiten, etc. https://www.udemy.com/instructor/course/1148084/ This video covers the last four verses of Romans 8, concluding our Romans 8 series. tribulation; or "affliction", which springs from his love, and is the fruit of it; and notwithstanding that, he rests in his love; this is not taken away, but is often sensibly enjoyed, in the midst of afflictions: or distress; whether of body or mind; straitness in the affairs and circumstances of life, or straitness of mind, in the exercise of grace, and discharge of duty; for "though we believe not, yet he abides faithful", 2 Timothy 2:13, to his covenant and promises: or persecution: from the world; for this is rather an evidence that Christ has loved them chosen and called them, because the world hates them: or famine: want of the necessaries of life, as food and drink; being exposed to great hunger and thirst, which has sometimes been the lot of the dear children of God: or nakedness; want of proper clothing, or the use of common apparel; wandering about in sheep skins and goat skins, which has been the case of some, of whom the world was not worthy, and so no proof of separation from the love of Christ: or peril; dangers from different quarters, by different persons and ways; such as the Apostle Paul had trial of, who was highly in the love of Christ, 1 Corinthians 11:26; or sword; that is, death by the sword; which death James the brother of John died, Acts 12:13, now, though this may separate the head from the body, and separate soul and body, yet cannot separate from the love of Christ. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Read Introduction to Romans 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Haldane's Exposition on the Epistle to the Romans and Hebrews Whoshall separate us from the love of Christ? Even as it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter. DD. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? - Διωγμος, from διωκω, to pursue, press upon, prosecute, signifies such pursuing as an enemy uses in order to overtake the object of his malice, that he may destroy him. Search using our Online Bible by Topic, Verse Reference or Phrase. In the contemplation of those glorious truths and Divine consolations which the Apostle had been unfolding, he had demanded, Who shall accuse, who shall condemn, the elect of God? It refers not only to the general state of suffering which, when man had sinned, it was pronounced should be his lot In sorrow shalt thou eat of it (of the produce of the ground) all the days of thy life but also more particularly to the tribulation which the disciples of Christ shall all more or less experience. 44 7th, Sword. College Press, Joplin, MO. Renewal 1960. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Or persecutions - Note, Matthew 5:11. but, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? It may look like the Devil is winning, but Christ conquered the Devil at the Cross and the Empty Tomb!!! That Christ does love the elect of God, who are the persons here spoken of, is evident from his undertaking for them, espousing their persons, assuming their nature, dying in their room and stead, paying off their debts, and redeeming their persons, by going to prepare a place for them, by interceding for them, by supplying them with all grace, and using them in the most free and familiar manner; which love of his is wonderful, matchless, and inconceivable, special and peculiar, free and undeserved, exceeding affectionate, unchangeable, durable, and for ever. Scripture: Romans 8:35–39 Topic: The Love of God Five times here in Romans 8 the apostle Paul has asked questions to draw out the amazing privileges of belonging to Jesus Christ. And the questions that immediately follow show that this is the sense of the passage; for the tribulation, distress, etc., which he enumerates, are things by which they might be affected, but by which Christ could not be affected; and, consequently, the question most evidently refers to their love to him who had first loved them, and, while it affords a strong presumption of their perseverance, furnishes a most powerful argument against apostasy. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or difficulty, or persecution, or famine, or peril, or sword?” The answer is clearly in the negative, as two hundred millions of martyrs singing their death song in the fire have abundantly attested. The great difficulty with many Christians is that they cannot persuade themselves that Christ (or God) loves them; and the reason why they cannot feel confident of the love of God, is, that they know they do not deserve his love, on the contrary, that they are in the highest degree unlovely. The foundation of the impossibility of being separated from the love of Christ is love; the foundation of this confidence is love clearly perceived.— τοῦ χριστοῦ, of Christ) The love of God is one with the love of Christ, Romans 8:39.— γυμνότης) nakedness, the want of clothing, the extreme of poverty, 1 Corinthians 4:11; 2 Corinthians 11:27. Lockyer . Neither devils, nor men, nor any thing in nature, unless it be by our own fault, and unless we wilfully and sinfully leave God. We often speak of a person being separated from another’s affection, but whoever heard of a man being separated from his own love to another? 1765. "Commentary on Romans 8:35". Our Price: $4.19 Save: $1.80 (30%) Buy Now. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/romans-8.html. It is indeed true, that adversities are tokens of God’s wrath, when viewed in themselves; but when pardon and reconciliation precede, we ought to be assured that God, though he chastises us, yet never forgets his mercy: he indeed thus reminds us of what we have deserved; but he no less testifies, that our salvation is an object of his care, while he leads us to repentance. Or famine? But the import of the words is, — That whatever happens, we ought to stand firm in this faith, — that God, who once in his love embraced us, never ceases to care for us. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/romans-8.html. Romans 16:4; Philippians 2:17, note. And so Paul issues the challenge, ‘who will separate us from the love of Christ?’, with the answer due to come back of ‘nothing’. "Commentary on Romans 8:35". It means affliction in general. But those that seek God on His terms are forgiven, regardless of what others say. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Mem. - I do think that this question has been generally misunderstood. "William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament". - Λιμος, from λειπω, to fail; the total want of bread, and all the necessaries of life. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/romans-8.html. It is likewise to be remarked, that the confidence of believers that they shall not be separated from the love of Christ, is not founded on their high opinion of themselves, or on their own ability to remain firm against temptations, but is grounded on Christs love, and His ability to preserve and uphold them. The items mentioned will not make Christ love us less. Romans 8 begins and ends with declarations of the Christian's absolute security before God. The persecutions and trials to which Christians are exposed on account of their professed attachment to him, might be supposed to make them weary of a service that involved so many trials. 35. Who shall separate us] Who shall separate me? It is no ground of confidence to assert, or even to feel, that we will never forsake Christ, but it is the strongest ground of assurance to be convinced that his love will never change. Some take this love in a passive sense, for that by which he is loved by us, as though Paul would have us armed with invincible courage (275) but this comment may be easily disproved by the whole tenor of Paul’s reasoning; and Paul himself will presently remove all doubt by defining more clearly what this love is. They are endured in his cause. This is a new argument of the apostle, showing his strong confidence in the safety of the Christian. - Γυμνοτης, being absolutely without clothing; forcibly expressed by the derivation of the word γυια μονα εχων, having one's limbs only, being totally unclothed. In the darkest moments, in the dreariest hours, under the most painful exercises, the most fiery temptations, there Isaiah , as with Jonah in the belly of hell, a looking again toward the holy temple. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. Or sword? But the difficulty of it lies in consistently interpreting Romans 8:37, where not our endurance in love to Him, but our victory by means of His love to us, is alleged. Shall tribulation, &c. He makes an enumeration of particular evils, of seven in number; and he begins with the lesser, and rises to the greater; placing them in order, not casually, but by choice. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. ; any thing by which a man is rendered miserable. b. For he does not simply say that there is nothing which can tear God away from his love to us; but he means, that the knowledge and lively sense of the love which he testifies to us is so vigorous in our hearts, that it always shines in the darkness of afflictions: for as clouds, though they obscure the clear brightness of the sun, do not yet wholly deprive us of its light; so God, in adversities, sends forth through the darkness the rays of his favor, lest temptations should overwhelm us with despair; nay, our faith, supported by God’s promises as by wings, makes its way upward to heaven through all the intervening obstacles. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Verse 2. Wesley 's Explanatory Notes on the Epistle to the utmost extremity ( Romans 8:35-39 salvation Irrevocable. 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