The Berean Expositor
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Rom. 8: 5, 6.--Here flesh and spirit are again contrasted, this time the mind that
pertains to the spirit, or new nature, being in view. The end of one is death, the end of
other peaceful life.
Rom. 8: 9.--"In (the) pneuma" is here contrasted, as before, with flesh, and then is
given two titles. Pneuma Theon and pneuma Christon, spirit of God, and spirit of Christ.
Here, still, the subject is the new nature. It is called Divine (of God) and Christ spirit.
Rom. 8: 10.--We now have a contrast between "the body", which is dead because
of sin, and "the spirit", which is life because of righteousness.
Rom. 8: 11.--This new nature is here definitely associated with resurrection, and
the indwelling of that spirit brings quickening, even to the mortal body.
Rom. 8: 13.--The life lived by pneuma, that new nature which is not flesh, and
which is so intimately connected with the risen Christ, is an "earnest" of future
resurrection--"Ye will live."
(To be continued).
Romans 5: 12 - 8: 39 (concluded).
Key-words:  Spirit.
pp. 119, 120
Rom. 8: 14.--The flesh leads the children of disobedience; the pneuma Theon, the
new nature which is of God and which is spirit, leads the sons of God.
Rom. 8: 15.--Compare the "freedom pneuma" with the "sonship-pneuma", which
but crystallizes into two terms all that has been said before. The sonship, is the spirit of
God, and the spirit of Christ, the spirit of resurrection, of life and of peace, and is found
not "in Adam", but "in Christ" alone.
Rom. 8: 16 is the first mention of the Holy Spirit Himself. "The Spirit Himself
beareth witness with out spirit." He it is also Who is spoken of in verses 26 and 27.
Rom. 8: 23 reveals that the new nature, the spirit of sonship, is a "firstfruits",
an "earnest", a pledge of future literal resurrection, "to wit, the redemption of our body".
It will be seen that the doctrine of the Spirit is very intimately interwoven with the
doctrine of Rom. 8:, and we feel sure that due recognition of its importance will fully
justify the space afforded to its survey. The fuller bearing of each reference on the
unfolding of the wondrous teaching of the inner section of Romans must await more
detailed exposition. We trust, however, that sufficient has been seen to justify clearly the
distinction between the operation of the Spirit here, and the outpouring of His gifts at