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Romans 8:21

    Romans 8:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    That all living things will be made free from the power of death and will have a part with the free children of God in glory.

    Webster's Revision

    that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

    World English Bible

    that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Romans 8:21

    Because the creature - This and the preceding verse should be thus connected: in hope That (ὁτι) the creature itself also shall be delivered. The word φθορα denotes, very frequently, sinful corruption. So, 2 Peter 1:4 : Corruption through lust, της εν επιθυμια φθορας. 2 Corinthians 11:3 : Lest your minds should be corrupted. 1 Corinthians 15:33 : Evil communications corrupt good manners. The sense, therefore, of the apostle in this place seems to be: the Gentile world shall, in time, be delivered from the bondage of their sinful corruption, i.e. the bondage of their lusts and vile affections; and be brought into such a noble liberty as the sons of God enjoy.

    Barnes' Notes on Romans 8:21

    Because - This is the ground of his hope, and this sustains him now. It is the purpose of God that deliverance shall be granted, and this supports the Christian amidst the trials to which he is subjected here. The hope is, that this same renewed man shall be delivered from all the toils, and cares, and sins of this state.

    The creature itself - The very soul that is renewed; the ransomed man without essential change. It will be the same being, though purified; the same man, possessed of the same body and soul, though freed from all the corruptions of humanity, and elevated above all the degradations of the present condition. The idea is everywhere presented, that the identical person shall be admitted to heaven without essential change, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44. That this is the hope of all Christians, see 2 Peter 3:13.

    From the bondage of corruption - This does not differ materially from "vanity," Romans 8:20. It implies that this state is not a willing state, or not a condition of choice, but is one of bondage or servitude (see Romans 7:15-24); and that it is a corrupt, imperfect, perishing condition. It is one that leads to sin, and temptation, and conflict and anxiety. It is a condition often which destroys the peace, mars the happiness, dims the hope, enfeebles the faith, and weakens the love of Christians, and this is called the bondage of corruption. It is also one in which temporal death has dominion, and in the bondage of which, believers as well as unbelievers shall be held. Yet from all this bondage the children of God shall be delivered.

    The glorious liberty - Greek, The freedom of the glory of the children of God. This is,

    (1) "Liberty." It is freedom from the bondage under which the Christian groans. It will be freedom from sin; from corruption; from evil desires; from calamity; from death. The highest "freedom "in the universe is that which is enjoyed in heaven, where the redeemed are under the sovereignty and government of their king, but where they do that, and that only, which they desire. All is slavery but the service of God; all is bondage but that law which accords with the supreme wish of the soul, and where commands accord with the perfect desires of the heart.

    (2) this is glorious liberty. It is encompassed with majesty; attended with honor; crowned with splendor. The heavenly world is often described as a state of glory; Note, Romans 2:10.

    Of the children of God - That the children of God shall enjoy.

    Wesley's Notes on Romans 8:21

    8:21 The creation itself shall be delivered - Destruction is not deliverance: therefore whatsoever is destroyed, or ceases to be, is not delivered at all. Will, then, any part of the creation be destroyed? Into the glorious liberty - The excellent state wherein they were created.