He predestinated, or before decreed, that they should be conformed to the image of his Son. That is why Christians should endure suffering with a sense of hope. Don’t badger him with it, okay? You see that in verse 17? Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. Don’t do that to him. from the law of sin and death--It is the Holy Ghost who is here called "the Spirit of life," as opening up in the souls of believers a fountain of spiritual life just as He is called "the Spirit of truth," as "guiding them into all truth" ( John 16:13 ), and "the Spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord" ( Isaiah 11:2 ), as the inspirer of these qualities. The first is very brief, namely to say out loud that I love Matt Chandler. if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you--that is, "If He dwell in you as the Spirit of the Christ-raising One," or, "in all the resurrection-power which He put forth in raising Jesus." Number five, the mysteries of the universe are not death throws but birth pangs. For--a mere particle of transition here [THOLUCK], like "but" or "now." (5) It is not when believers, through sinful "quenching of the Spirit," have the fewest and faintest glimpses of heaven, that they sigh most fervently to be there; but, on the contrary, when through the unobstructed working of the Spirit in their hearts, "the first-fruits" of the glory to be revealed are most largely and frequently tasted, then, and just for that reason, is it that they "groan within themselves" for full redemption ( Romans 8:23 ). 26, 27. It’s the spatial, global, universal scope of the thing that clobbers me here. 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. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now--If for man's sake alone the earth was cursed, it cannot surprise us that it should share in his recovery. This is the top of the climax. Community Group Study “Romans 8:18-30 Hope in Difficult Circumstances” Read Romans 8:18-30. In Christ Jesus, we are justified, accepted, forgiven, loved, so that God never has wrath for us. The point is that God has, in Romans eight, put suffering in a global perspective so that we have some sense. Maybe one more verse before I shift over, Romans 8:23 –. That’s what I would pray for a son of mine. In this view the use of both words here has a charming simplicity and warmth. the body--"the body indeed." I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. This is the present time where we live, Matt lives, this church lives, everybody lives, so that’s number two. It doesn’t make any sense if God is not the most important reality in the universe, so that if you put him in the scales and six billion people in the scales, it goes like this. FIRST: The Sanctification of Believers ( Romans 8:1-13 ). They weren’t calculating a glorious future on the other side where this creation would be set free. Now there’s several places in the book of Romans where he talks about this, like chapter five in particular. God will first redeem his children, give them new bodies, new emotions, new capacities for sensing pleasures a thousand times greater than the biggest sexual pleasure you’ve ever thought possible, and then he will make the world new in a suitable way to make us belong there. All of your sufferings, including your death, is birth pangs. Verse 20, “For the creation was subjected to futility.” There’s another word. You have some promises for us, God? The sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be shown to us. What? 16. Christians should come to the same conviction as the apostle Paul about suffering. My job seems futile. I consider our present sufferings insignificant compared to the glory that will soon be revealed to us. We’ll eat what we want to eat, and you can just get out of our face with your rules!” We do the same thing, just more sophisticated, more subtle, sometimes. The "strong man armed" is overpowered by the "stronger than he"; the weaker principle is dethroned and expelled by the more powerful; the principle of spiritual life prevails against and brings into captivity the principle of spiritual death--"leading captivity captive." I mean, if somebody walked in here and said, “Look at the sons of God.” They’re just ordinary people. God has reserved for us a weight of glory. Number one, from the first pass through, he says, “The whole creation groans.” Mark the creation. That’s how horrific sin is. Hugging can get very thin, very shallow, and very sentimental. sending--"having sent" his own Son--This and similar expressions plainly imply that Christ was God's "OWN SON" before He was sent--that is, in His own proper Person, and independently of His mission and appearance in the flesh God, even as a son of his father, but is essentially of the Father, though in a sense too mysterious for any language of ours properly to define (see on the first through fourth chapters). But this is now explained more fully. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy [to be compared] with the coming glory to be revealed to us. (10) "The whole universe, with all that it contains, so far as it is good, is the friend and ally of the Christian; and, so far as it is evil, is more than a conquered foe" ( Romans 8:35-39 ) [HODGE]. And knowing that it is in pursuance of an eternal "purpose" of love that they have been "called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ" ( 1 Corinthians 1:9 ), they naturally say within themselves, "It cannot be that He 'of whom, and through whom, and to whom are all things,' should suffer that purpose to be thwarted by anything really adverse to us, or that He should not make all things, dark as well as light, crooked as well as straight, to co-operate to the furtherance and final completion of His high design.
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