A Biblically based commentary on current issues that impact you The Dominion Mandate and the Christian Reconstruction Movement by Bob DeWaay A recent theological movement known as Christian Reconstruction has made a significant impact on American Christianity in the past several decades.
While the Apostle had proved, in the sixth, that his previous doctrine gave no license to believers to continue in sin, he had still kept in view his main purpose of establishing their free justification. In the seventh he had prosecuted the same object, declaring that by their marriage with Christ they were delivered from the law as a covenant of life or death, while he vindicated its character, use, and authority.
While this could not have been accomplished by the lawhe shows that it had been effected by the incarnation of the Son of Godby whom the law has been fulfilled for all who are one with Him as members of His body. Paul next points out the difference of character between those who, being in their natural state under the law and under sin, are carnally-minded; and those who, being renewed by grace, in whom the law has been fulfilled, are spiritually-minded.
The condition of the former is death, that of the latter life and peace. Of these last he proceeds, through the remainder of the chapter, to assert the high privileges and absolute security.
Those who are spiritually-minded have the Spirit of Christ, and possess spiritual life. Although their bodies must return to the dustthey shall be raised up again.
They are led by the Spirit; they are the sons of Godand in His service are delivered from a spirit of bondage. To encourage believers to sustain the sufferings to which, while in this world, they are exposed, the most varied and abundant consolations are exhibited. Their salvation is declared to have taken its rise in the eternal counsels of Godby whom, through all its steps, it is carried into effect.
Their condemnation, then, is impossible; for who shall condemn those whom God justifieth, — for whom Christ died, and rose, and intercedes? The Apostle concludes by defying the whole universe to separate believers from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In this manner he follows out, in this chapter, what had been his grand object through all the preceding part of the Epistle. And, to mark the completeness of this exemption, he says, there is now no condemnation to them; the reason of which he fully explains in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th verses. This now, then, distinguishes two conditions of a man, namely, his condition under the lawand his condition under grace, — that is, his natural and his supernatural conditions.
For by nature we are children of wrath, but now God has rendered us accepted in the Beloved.
Being now in Christ, we are not under the curse of the lawbecause He has borne it for us In the moment in which we believed in Him, we were redeemed from its curse; we entered into another covenantin which there is nothing but grace and pardon. In themselves there is much indeed for both, but here they are viewed exclusively in Jesus Christ.
Afterwards, in express terms, he denies that they can be either accused or condemned — which they might be, were there any ground for either. All that was commendable in them, which was sin, has been condemned in their Surety, as is shown in the 3rd verse.
But in this verse he changes the numberand does not say, there is no condemnation to me, but to them, who are in Christ Jesus.
In the seventh chapter he had spoken of himself to prove that the holiest among men have reason to humble themselves before Godand to acknowledge that, if God should view them in themselves, they would be found to be a body of death, — that is to say, guilty of eternal death.
But here he does not speak in his own person, in order that we may not doubt that he refers to the condition of believers in general. Again, in the 4th verse, he speaks of the righteousness of the law being fulfilled in us; thus showing that the unspeakable blessing of deliverance from condemnation equally belongs to all the people of God.
Which are in Christ Jesus. Those and those only who are the one with Him are the persons to whom there is no condemnation. All who are not in Christ Jesus are under the law and its curse. It is not here said that Christ is with His people, or at their right handbut that they are in Him, in order that they may know that, being in Him, they have nothing to fear; for what evil can reach those who are one with the Son of God?
Their union with Him is the source of that spiritual life by which they are quickened together with Christ, and from which they derive their justification, their sanctification, and consolation. Christ lays His hand upon us, and we are healed. He casts His mantle upon us, and we are clothed; for He is the glorious Savior, blessed for ever.
They are all delivered from condemnation, as being one body with Christ. As the debts of a wife must be discharged by her husband, and as, by her marriage, all her previous obligations are at once transferred to him, so the believer, being married to Christ, is no longer exposed to the curse of the law.
All its demands have been met and satisfied by His covenant Headwith whom, as the wife is one with the husband, so he is one.Introduction A Commentary on Romans 13 Romans and 1 Peter A Brief Comparison Selected Bibliography Introduction The Purpose of the Study We live in a generation in which public opinion of those in political leadership is probably at an all time low.
> ROMANS THIS chapter presents a glorious display of the power of Divine grace, and of the provision which God has made for the consolation of His people.. While the Apostle had proved, in the sixth, that his previous doctrine gave no license to believers to continue in sin, he had still kept in view his main purpose of establishing their free justification.
Fitzmyer, Romans, , refers to Deismann's work and says the text should have been reconstructed as tw`n qeivwn dia[tagma]tw`n. 82 Herbert M. Gale, "Paul's View of the State: A Discussion of the Problem in Romans ," Interpretation 6 (), Gale recognizes the exalted position Paul affords the state and its incredible authority—which has been read by some to mean absolute authority.
Romans knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; (NASB: Lockman) Greek: touto ginoskontes, (PAPMPN) hoti o palaios hemon anthropos sunestaurothe, (3SAPI) hina katargeqe (3SAPS) to.
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