|Book||Epistle to the Romans|
|Bible part||New Testament|
|Order in the Bible part||6|
Romans 8 is the eighth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle, but written by an amanuensis, Tertius of Iconium, while Paul was in Corinth in the winter of AD 57-58. Paul wrote to the Roman Christians in order to give them a thorough of overview of his theology. Chapter 8 concerns "the Christian's spiritual life," according to Jerusalem Bible's sub-heading for Romans 8.
- The Holy Spirit assures us that we are God's children no matter how furiously sin may rage within us, so long as we follow the Spirit and struggle against sin in order to kill it.
- The original text is written in Koine Greek.
- Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
- This chapter is divided into 39 verses.
The New King James Version organises this chapter as follows:
- Romans 8:1-11 = Free from Indwelling Sin
- Romans 8:12-17 = Sonship Through the Spirit
- Romans 8:18-30 = From Suffering to Glory (or "Present Suffering and Future Glory" in the New International Version)
- Romans 8:31-39 = God's Everlasting Love (or "More Than Conquerors" in the New International Version)
- There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
- By dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit (Romans 7:7)
- Greek: αυτος εγω τω μεν νοι δουλευω νομω θεου τη δε σαρκι νομω αμαρτιας":
- I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin (Romans 7:25).
Buls explains that Paul's "real self" serving God is his mind and not his flesh.
Meyer goes on to distinguish between two alternative readings of There is ... now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus:
- now, after Christ (as deliverer from the law of sin, Romans 8:2), has interposed, there is no condemnation ...
- one must be in Christ, in order to get rid of every condemnation.
God's everlasting love
Anglican Bishop Charles Ellicott describes the final section of this chapter (Romans 8:31-39) as "a sublime and triumphant conclusion" and Erasmus of Rotterdam remarks that "Cicero never said anything grander".
- Greek: τί οὖν ἐροῦμεν πρὸς ταῦτα (Ti oun eroumen pros tauta ) - What then shall we say to (or about) these things? (Romans 8:31)
The Living Bible translates as "these wonderful things". By "these things", according to William Reed Newell, "Paul evidently indicates not only the whole process of our salvation by Christ, from chapter three onward, with that great deliverance by the help of the Holy Spirit set forth in this eighth chapter ... but also ... what he has been telling us of the purpose of God: "Whom He foreknew, foreordained, called, justified, glorified!"
More than conquerors
- Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
A hymn to God's love
- For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an Abbreviated Bible Commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
- B&H Editorial Staff. Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
- Luther, M. Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, translated by Andrew Thornton, OSB
- Romans 8:1
- Majority of translations at BibleGateway.com
- Stong's Concordance: ἄρα, accessed 19 September 2016
- Wesley's Notes on the Bible on Romans 8, accessed 18 September 2016
- Buls, H. H., Romans 8:1-11 and Meyer's NT Commentary, accessed 20 September 2016
- Buls, H. H., Romans 8:1-11
- Meyer's NT Commentary, accessed 20 September 2016
- Ellicott's Commentary for Modern Readers on Romans 8, accessed 21 September 2016
- Living Bible, Romans 8:31
- Newell, William R., Romans, Revelation on Romans 8, accessed 21 September 2016
- Romans 8:37
- Romans 8:38-39
- Jerusalem Bible, footnote at Romans 8:39