Study Desk. Christ is everything to him that trusts Him. There was no place in Christ’s obedience for that casting out of sinful self which makes our submission a surrender joined with suffering, but He knew temptation. Though it be true, then, that heaven is only open to those who are capable-by holy aspirations and divine desires-of entering into it, it is equally true that such aspirations and desires may be the work of an instant, and may be superinduced in a moment in a heart the most debased and the most degraded. How unreasonable to see an “heir of God” so swallowed up in the world that he has neither taste nor time to pray, or make suitable efforts to get ready for His Heavenly inheritance. Hebrews 11:9. But yet they are oftentimes their possession. And, beyond all doubt, it will hereafter be recompensed “with a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory [Note: 2 Corinthians 4:17. In us — A glory that will be made not only to beam from Christ, but to reveal itself within our celestial bodies. Before continuing it the apostle throws in by the way the serious warning contained in Romans 8:9 b, which raises the supposition contrary to that of the εἴπερ , if really , and shows also the consequence which would flow from it. “ if children, then heirs.” The children of the wealthy and noble are the heirs of nobility and wealth. And this is what the apostle here intends to say, and not that the participation of Christ's glory is a reward for our having suffered with him. 2 Corinthians 1:5; Philippians 3:10; Colossians 1:24.). "if indeed" seeks to render the first class condition in the Greek that in this case we could translate "since." ), God Himself is His greatest gift. This fellowship of suffering Paul regards as that which must be presupposed in order to the attainment of glory, of participation in the δόξα of Christ ( εἴπερ, as in Romans 8:9); not indeed as meritum, or pretium vitae aeternae, but as obedientia propter ordinem a Deo sancitum, Melancthon. Do not suppose that I am forgetting, or wishing you to account as of small importance, the awful sense in which Christ’s suffering stands as a thing by itself and unapproachable, a solitary pillar rising up, above the waste of time, to which all men everywhere are to turn with the one thought, ‘I can do nothing like that; I need to do nothing like it; it has been done once, and once for all; and what I have to do is, simply to lie down before Him, and let the power and the blessings of that death and those sufferings flow into my heart.’ The Divine Redeemer makes eternal redemption. That we may be also glorified together; or, glorified with him, not with equal glory, but according to our proportion; he was glorified in this way, Luke 24:26, and so must we. This is not merely a text for people that are in affliction, but for all of us. Secondly, it further teaches God’s children to live answerably to this noble condition, and the inheritance which they are appointed unto. Trials have no meaning, unless they are means to an end. We are joint-heirs with Christ. Be hearty. Those who become sons are not co-extensive with those who are lighted by the Light, but consist of so many of that greater number as receive Him, and that such become sons by a Divine act, the communication of a spiritual life, whereby we are born of God. It is not “if servants, then heirs” (Galatians 4:30). ‘And if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.’. A divine energy must be the source and fountain of all holy and of all Godlike life. But they have a meaning for ourselves too. "Commentary on Romans 8:17". First, they are so relative. Home > Study Desk. Three things are implied in our being. It is here taken for granted, that believers are children of God: we therefore pass over that, and notice only the privileges attached to that relation. But unless there be sonship, there is no possibility of inheriting God; discipline and suffering will be of no use at all. The inheritance is sure because Christ possesses it now. δὲ Χριστοῦ marks the condition of our possession; we are so possessors only as sharing with Christ, by His life in us. Mere suffering does not fulfill the condition. Romans 8:1 tells us we are free from the guilt of sin. Paul knows well that, ambitious as we are of glory, we are equally ready to recoil from the necessary suffering. 145. Romans 8:17. Therefore this should stir us all up to an endeavour after the greatest measure that may be. You have no right to heaven in yourself; your right lieth in Christ. Do not then rest in the symbols that show us, darkly and far off, what that future glory is. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". (c) And there is no fear that the Son of God, the infinitely rich, will have a trifling portion. Yet they may be fitly termed “suffering with Christ”--, 1. Corinthians, First and Second, Theology of, Eternal Life, Eternality, Everlasting Life, The Holy Bible, New International Version®. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. 1 Peter 3:7. suffer with. First, there is somewhat for it in their nature, which they have in common with other men (Job 5:7). This He does in His infinite wisdom and goodness, and as carrying a special comeliness and congruity with it (as 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8). "Commentary on Romans 8:17". There is no inheritance of heaven without sonship; because all the blessings of that future life are of a spiritual character. ]; and let your cowardice humble you in the dust. This use in Romans 8:9, the text proves to be in connection with a positive asserted fact. We ‘suffer with Him’; not He suffers with us. The further the pendulum swings on the one side, the further it goes up on the other. It involves that the father and the child shall have kindred life-the father bestowing and the child possessing a life which is derived; and because derived, kindred; and because kindred, unfolding itself in likeness to the father that gave it. Of course our first and greatest help is in the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.—As we remember His life and sufferings, and as we claim our membership with Him, we learn His love and power, and help comes. It rests upon a divine act, and it involves a human emotion. Secondly, the benefit which they have by it or from it; that is another thing here considerable. They who believe in His name receive from Him the prerogative to become the sons of God. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of We are not in the flesh, but alas: the flesh is still in us “A boat has been sailing on the salt ocean, it has come through many a storm, and, half full of briny water, it is now sailing on the fresh water of the river. As Esther mourning for her people and kindred while she was herself in great prosperity; and Nehemiah, for his brethren’s captivity, when himself was in great favour. 1 Peter 4:12-19). The life in the Spirit involves fellowship with Christ in suffering and glory (Romans 8:17). After all of His suffering, walking out of the tomb, and glorified on Mount Olivet, He ascended up to heaven to reign forever. 1. The words to inherit, heirs, and inheritance, are all of them used in a general sense in the Scriptures, in reference to the secure possession of any good, without regard to the mode in which that possession is obtained. Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. A. Maclaren, Sermons in Manchester, 1st series, p. 82. 17. Bava Bathra, fol. God is, of course, in this case conceived not as a dying testator, but as the living bestower of His goods on His children (Luke 15:12). III. This sweetens it all. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. By considering the fruits of grace in our lives, and then comparing these with the characteristics of sonship which are delineated in the Word of God. Now from hence we may see what is implied in the term, when applied to the children of God. But inasmuch as God’s deliverance is not a deliverance from a mere arbitrary and outward punishment: inasmuch as God’s salvation, though it be deliverance from the penalty as well as from the guilt of sin, is by no means chiefly a deliverance from outward consequences, but mainly a removal of the nature and disposition that makes these outward consequences certain,-therefore a man cannot be saved, God’s love cannot save him, God’s justice will not save him, God’s power stands back from saving him, upon any other condition than this that his soul shall be adapted and prepared for the reception and enjoyment of the blessing of a spiritual salvation. 4. But this life is only an introduction to a better. - If the glory that is to be revealed be the enjoyment of God himself, (see above, Romans 8:17; (note)), then the sufferings of this life, which, when compared with eternity, are but as for a moment, are not worthy to be put in competition with this glory which shall be revealed in us.. “If children, then heirs.” This, of course, implies--. The fact that they are united here is often alleged as a reason why they will be in glory, John 14:19, “Because I live, ye shall live also,” 2 Timothy 2:11-12; “For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him; if we suffer, we shall also reign with him, Revelation 3:21; “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,” etc., John 17:22-24. Entire sanctification does the only qualification we need. 4. Those sufferings are not to be measured with that glorification. If the world persecute us for Christ’s sake, if it deem us worthy of such distinction, it must be because it is convinced that we are Christians, and therefore we may be comforted by the very malice of our enemies. S. H. suggest that there is a reference to a current Christian saying; cf. heirs of God: either efficiently, he makes them heirs; they are not so by nature, nor do they become such by the works of the law; but God his rich grace adopts them into his family, begets them again, and freely bestows the inheritance on them: or subjectively, they are heirs of himself; he not only makes them his heirs, but he himself is their inheritance and portion; they are heirs of all things which are his; they share in his love, grace, and mercy; and his wisdom, power, truth, and faithfulness, and indeed, every perfection of his are engaged on their side, and in their favour; all things are theirs who have God to be their God and Father; the Gospel and the ministers of it are theirs; the world and the things of it, life and death, things present and things to come; heaven and happiness, which go by the names of glory, riches of glory, kingdom, eternal life and salvation, are all represented as things to be inherited by the saints. 4. It is not the golden harps, etc. 2. 2 Peter 1:4); and this agrees with the use of τέκνα. Whether it be a poison from one serpent sting, or whether it be poison from a million of buzzing tiny mosquitoes, if there be a smart, go to Him, and He will help you to endure it. We may talk about Christ for ever; we may set forth aspects of His work, great and glorious. Secondly, heirs of God. who can love but they who know His love? "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". 2. How can there be fellowship betwixt Him and any one except the man who is a son because he hath received of the Divine nature, and in whom that Divine nature is growing up into a Divine likeness? My wife and I have been thinking a great deal this week about our daughter Amy. In us — A glory that will be made not only to beam from Christ, but to reveal itself within our celestial bodies. Lastly, in Fatherly discipline, to keep His children regular and in good order, and to prevent them from worse things to come (1 Corinthians 11:32). Sufferings — Mentioned as being with Christ in Romans 8:17. https: (Romans 8:17) References. Those suffer with Christ who suffer as he did, and for his sake. Concomitancy: we shall accompany him, and be present with him in glory. Sadly, such cruel realities persist today in many parts of the world, where families crushed by poverty abandon infants they cannot afford to raise, or sell children into the slavery of child labor or child prostitution. If a fair measure of the greatness of any result be the length of time taken for getting it ready, we can dimly conceive what that joy must be for which seventy years of strife and sorrow are but a momentary preparation; and what must be the weight of that glory which is the counterpoise and consequence to the afflictions of this lower world. In general terms, spiritual blessings can only be given to those who are in a certain spiritual condition. But their right does not at all arise from any thing they have done to deserve or purchase it: it is founded solely on their having been born of God through the operations of the Holy Spirit upon their souls [Note: John 1:13.]. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. I was in a provincial town some time ago, when I was told of a nobleman who for many years worked as a porter in the railway station, because he did not know his true position in the world, till one day a gentleman entered the station, and after saluting him said, “Sir, may I ask your name?” “John--,” was the answer. Therefore He is said in the place before alleged to be appointed heir. The apostles and saints lived and died looking for the Lord to come and translate them (2 Corinthians 5). We are heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with him. 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