Insignificant in comparison with. 1. BibliographyNisbet, James. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/romans-8.html. Without some resemblance of nature, comparison cannot be instituted at all. A periphrasis for fut. Suffering comprehensible; glory incomprehensible. ... New Testament. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. College Press, Joplin, MO. "Commentary on Romans 8:18". The strife of tongues, the petty persecutions of home, the long continuance of some chronic disease, the anxiety connected with our occupation, may be doing for us what greater trials did for the martyrs. A perfect state of soul, gloriously enlightened (1 Corinthians 13:12), glorious in holiness (1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:4), in happiness (Revelation 21:3-6; Rev_22:1-5), in authority, power, and dominion (Luke 22:28-30; James 1:12; Revelation 1:6; Rev_3:21). This had been partially noticed before Romans 5:3-5, but its full power to support the soul in the prospect of a glorious immortality had not been fully discussed. Comp. Then, as according to the text, suffering is not to be compared with the glory. 2. The harvest is after the seed-time. It begins in suffering. 2. The sufferings of the present time are the sufferings of a creature of a day (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). “Sir,” the peasant answered, “every sermon I have ever heard has taught me so much concerning the joys of Paradise, that this world has gradually grown to look like a mere prison.”’. Revealed— St. Paul speaks of this glory here as what needs to be revealed, to give us a right conception of it. (verse 24; Hebrews 11:1). So I bid you to do; when the waves of affliction swell and roll towards you, when strong under-currents of temptation catch you and sweep you along, when you are weary and faint with buffeting the tide of sin, and sorrow, and frailty, look to the shore, look past the sins and the sorrow, past the noise of the whirlpool of life, past the high tide of accumulated trial, and the low water-mark of despondency and despair--look to the shore, there is peace there, there are flowers there, there is rest there remaining for the people of God. Enjoyment of that which is promised in the testament, afterward the revealed and distributed inheritance (verse 17). Are we not apt to exaggerate the sufferings of a time of open persecution, as compared with calmer times? Compare--. 1.  Charles Hodge, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. So again (and oh, the unspeakably higher privilege!) It is a reckoning, not a full realisation. 1. Temporal bad things, with eternal good things (2 Corinthians 4:17). In us. ), ἀνάξιά ἐστι τʼ ἀγαθὰ τῶν κακῶν, and again τίς ἄλλη ἀναξία ἡδονὴ πρὸς λύπην ἐστίν;) in comparison with the glory which is to be revealed ( μέλλ. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on Romans 8:18". "Commentary on Romans 8:18". 1. See Stallbaum in loc. Without it we sail in unpiloted ship on shoreless ocean, over seas on which sun never shines. It was then a time of persecution; but the truth of our text is not to be confined to such a time. References. The sufferings of a good man cannot arise from the horrors of a guilty conscience that sees nothing in futurity but an angry God and eternal woe! 3. One day in heaven will repay all the sufferings of earth. It implies reasoning. Here he encourages them to endure affliction, because there is no comparison between their present sufferings and their future glory. (2) By his death for sin our past sins are forgiven. Is life worth living?âQuestion much asked by present-day philosophers. 19Â For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20Â for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21Â that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. The contempt, the hatred, the persecutions they endure, are often grievous to be borne; and would shake their fidelity, if they were not upheld and strengthened by their God. Once admitted to that bright world, we shall look back on “the sufferings of this present time,” as on the faint recollection of a vision of the night: they will only serve to enhance our beatitude, to swell our song of praise! The word translated "I reckon" (logizomai) indicated careful consideration. The sufferings of this present time; those which Christians endure in this world. There can be no comparison between the sufferings of the present time, and the consummated glory of the heavenly world, in respect of nature. ( A) the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed â¦ Easton. But we cannot very well compare the sun to a tree or to a reptile, because of the dissimilarity of nature. μέλλ. What is the glory to be revealed. They are reserved for "this present time." ]” (not worthy of any consideration, no, not of a thought), when the glory that shall follow them is kept in view. World English Bible 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us. The one is the fruit of grace in time, the other its fruit in eternity. It has grown into a proverb--Misfortunes come in troops! No sufferings are small that have power to affect the mind. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/romans-8.html. Ferguson. One of the circumstances frequently attendant on the sufferings of this life is solitude. Thirdly, in the glorious actions and performances which we shall then be employed in: in sitting upon thrones, judging the world, even angels themselves. (c) And does not it become a very little matter to be very poor, for a few brief fast-flowing years, to him that can say, ‘Lo, I inherit all things’? 6. Paul probably has both in mind, the one moving into the other. Such being the two states of suffering and of glory as viewed distinctly, let us now bring them under our review, [Sufferings, of whatever kind, are painful to flesh and blood; but when estimated according to the word of God, they are light, mixed, and momentary. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Acts 28:6. p. 471 E: οὐδενὸς ἄειός ἐστι πρὸς τὴν ἀλήθειαν, Protag. 1983-1999. IV. What faculty of mind, what sense or member of body, what possession, connection, or enjoyment in life, may not become a source of sorrow? It has a disparagement of transitoriness upon it. Bernard amplifies this—de Convers. The exact point of the comparison as it stood in the apostle’s mind. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ges/romans-8.html. The Spirit is the guarantee that we will receive everything God has for us. This glory, which for the present is hid, it shall hereafter be revealed both to the children of God and other men. 4. Conclusion: 1. 3. Sense is too strong for reason without faith; and faith cannot do its office without the Spirit. Comp. In the flesh he was without sin. I. Romans 8:26-30 The Provision of Sanctification . Chapter 8 concerns "the Christian's spiritual life." Sweet home of refreshment and delight is the strong tower of perfect peace. That the sufferings of this present time , [ tou (Greek #3588) nun (Greek #3568) kairou (Greek #2540)] - 'of the present season' or 'period;' this word being chosen, rather than the more indefinite 'time' [ chronou (Greek #5550)], to remind the Christian reader of its definite and transitory character, in contrast with the eternity of the future glory; Are not worthy to be compared with , [ ouk (Greek #3756) axia (Greek #514) pros (Greek #4314) - of this construction, see examples in Wetstein. There is not a pain, nor a pleasure, a word, nor a thought, which, either directly or indirectly, does not reach out for ever and ever. New York. Where found? For I reckon , [ logizomai (Greek #3049)] - as in Romans 3:28, expressive not of doubt (as Jowett), but of reflection-q.d., 'For when I speak of our present sufferings and our future glory, I consider that there is no comparison between them:'. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him â¦ The apostle’s doctrine is certainly a lesson of patience and submission, under those afflictions it may please Almighty God to permit to come upon us. Our blessed Lord, too, permitted some of His disciples to witness His transfiguration, when His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as light. 8:18 The sufferings of this present time. chap. We have to pass Sinai, and see the terrors of the Lord. By glory Paul meant the glory that we will experience at our glorification ( Romans 8:17). This text is a confutation of the popish doctrine of merit and human satisfaction. If not, then why borrow from them in the first place? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/romans-8.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/romans-8.html. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 2. Even when we may be reduced to the greatest possible distress, still we retain hope, which operates with a resisting force against the assaults of adversity. But the Lord He does not do so. It is a treasure which makes happy. AN expectation of ultimate advantage is that, which gives activity to men in every situation of life. ), How the apostle lifts himself above the sufferings of tim. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/romans-8.html. That we may judge of the Apostle’s estimate, I will endeavour to set before you the trials of the saint in this life, and the glory that awaits him in the life to come. We may “return and consider all the oppressions done under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 4:1-2), all introduced by sin, that pregnant womb. But if they promise to themselves the enjoyment of ease and carnal prosperity, they miscalculate the times, and confound the present with the future. The apostle observeth this method here and elsewhere (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). Charles Schribner's Sons. “I could have borne it had I merited it,” is the world’s word. It"s not because their own sufferings are worse or more difficult than others (1 Corinthians 10:23), but it is because they are NOT convinced that heaven is far more than worth the suffering of the present time. God’s children, in regard of that state which happens unto them, have their best still at last. It was to him a perplexing problem. Î±ÌÌÎ¾Î¹Î¿ÌÎ½ ÏÎ¹Î½Î¿Ï, what outweighs anything. 1801-1803. "Commentary on Romans 8:18". Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. As there is no proportion between finite and infinite, so no comparison can be made between the things that are seen and temporal, and the things that are unseen and eternal between our light afflictions which are but for a moment, and that far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that shall be revealed in us. With the perfect nature of that glory, the very imperfect nature of our present sufferings, as modified by many alleviating circumstances, renders them not worthy to be compared. The very place to which we shall be admitted, is described by all the powers of language, in order to convey to us some faint idea of its beauty [Note: Revelation 21:10-23.]. Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. This clear aim in view, guaranteed by the “ possession of the first fruits of the Spirit” (verse 23), causes the present sufferings to be only of momentary consequence (verse 18); the Christian longs for heaven (verse 23), and this homesickness is termed the blessedness of hope (verse 24). - 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. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. [h] 30Â And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. 1. Thirdly, this may be also evinced unto us, even from the principles of superstition itself. And he has good right to take the initiative in comparison with them, as evidently suffering more than all of them. Suffering is in no sense the purchase of the glory. Heaven it does not only consist in the removal of former evils, but in the addition of further comforts. Indeed Satan he many times offers those things for encouragements which have no substance or reality in them. I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for Thou, Lord, only makest me to dwell in safety.. Do we call that man prosperous who sits a miserable wretch amid his treasures and asks for what can never be given, the neglected prosperity of former days? Now, to an immortal being, the rule and standard of measurement must be eternity. The principle which guided the apostle to his conclusion is to bring eternity into every calculation, and to judge of everything as it affects our eternity. II. To the enjoyment of this glory after the persecutions and troubles of this life, the Bridegroom is represented as calling His Church. What are our limited sufferings, proportioned as they are to our present limited powers, placed in comparison with that ineffable glory, to which powers of a different order are adapted? First, the reason and argument which God uses and takes from glory to persuade His children to suffering. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition - is just a step away! "Family Bible New Testament". "Commentary on Romans 8:18". But, secondly, it may be a metaphor taken from arithmetic; I reckon, that is, I make account. That a Christian is the best accountant. For consider what we are saved from, as well as what we are saved unto. Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae. Romans 8, The Intercession of the Holy Spirit Paul has argued that the despair in the previous chapter has been met by a supernatural spirit provided by Jesus. Thol. Come not my soul into the secrets of their dying horrors. In the singular we are not to discover a turn given to the argument, as if the apostle found it necessary to justify himself on account of the condition εἴπερ συμπάσχ. The sufferings of the present may be severe. It is another circumstance attendant on suffering, that we cannot always see the good which is designed. God is a source of ineffable light, joy, knowledge, power, and goodness. * 1 Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Their sufferings may seem great; but they should remember that they are nothing in comparison with future glory. The sufferings of the present life are seldom, if ever, incessant, but the glory will be incessant, without change, unless for the better. ], [To those who look no farther than to the present life, “the ways of God appear unequal:” since the godly are oppressed, and the wicked triumph. I see the already half-chiselled rock out of which it shall be wrought; and I am not going to despond now, when so much already has been accomplished. They are attended by many alleviating circumstances. Plat. Here, instead of the genitive, ÏÏÎ¿ÌÏ is used â Not weighty in reference to, or in comparison with. For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. In Romans 8:19-22 there is the first testimony—the sighing of creation; in Romans 8:23-25 the second, the yearning hope of Christians themselves, related as it is to the possession of the first fruits of the Spirit; and in Romans 8:26 f. the third, the intercession of the Spirit which helps us in our prayers, and lends words to our longing. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. refers to the final revelation; cf. He had the trial of both estates, and so was best able to judge of both (2 Corinthians 11:23; 2Co_12:4). "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/romans-8.html. What a wonderful mitigation of all worldly woes and sorrows! He sends them of the fruits of the heavenly Canaan, and allowing them to enjoy a measure of that peace which passeth all understanding, He favors them with some foretastes of the glory to be revealed. 37 (30), vol. Observe, 4. Look as the children of God. This verse commences a new division of the subject, which is continued to Romans 8:25. How is it consistent with the moral government of Him who is said to reign in righteousness? ‘The glory which is to be revealed towards us.’ Something of that glory is brought home to us in Revelation 21:22-23; Revelation 22:5 where, because of the outshining of the glory of Father and Son, then openly revealed to His people in ‘the New Jerusalem’, no further light will be needed in the City of God. 1871-8. See how he loads the scales. yea, we shall see the Lamb of God, that very Jesus who was crucified for us, seated on his throne; and we shall behold the Father also face to face: we shall see him as he is, in all the brightness of his glory. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/romans-8.html. Themselves, each making it over again for himself about present suffering and of the Son of man the. “ eternal weight of suffering may not be instituted at all ” 2 Corinthians 12:4 ) when suffer! That something wonderful might be told if here now it is said to in! 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