That is explained in Verse 28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Who hopes for what he already has? The word, literally, means "into us." But man came in, and in less than a decade there is nothing but blackened stumps and rotting logs where once there were thousands of trees. We thank you for them. By this, therefore, Christians maybe sustained. 27And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. We can do this when we see that our sufferings are privileges committed to us. All Christians suffer. God does want us to pray, and we are constantly encouraged to pray. "What more," you may ask, "do we want?" But primarily we are thinking of Amy because she is presently in the wilderness of northern Wisconsin on the high road program. Have you ever thought of afflictions in that way? The apostle says that when that happens, it is the Spirit of God who is praying. It is incomparable glory. 8:28-31 That is good for the saints which does their souls good. However, the Holy Spirit does a work in us that helps us to see the reality of Romans 8:28, stated as follows: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” First John 3:2 says, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God; but it does not yet appear what we shall be," (1 John 3:2a KJV). No one, in all the wildest dreams of science fiction, has ever imagined or conceived of something so vast and so magnificent as the glory God has waiting for us. See on 1 Peter 5:12. It's almost as though Paul were standing there holding a balance scale in his hand. No one in this room has gone through even a fraction of the suffering that Paul endured. The Coming of Christ is always thus conceived of as a visible manifestation of glory in those who take part in it. R Ruin (Romans 1:17 – 3:20) – The utter sinfulness of humanity O Offer (Romans 3:21-31) – God’s offer of justification by grace M Model (Romans 4:1-25) – Abraham as a model for saving faith A Access (Romans 5:1-11) – The benefits of justification N New Adam (Romans 5:12-21) – We are children of two “Adams” S Struggle w/ Sin (Romans 6:1-8:39) Struggle, sanctification, and victory Nature is groaning, we are groaning, and now the Spirit is groaning with words which cannot be uttered. Life consists of a great deal of groaning. This is the incredible glory that God has prepared for those who love him, that he has given to us -- not because we have been faithful, not because we earn it, but because we are heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ. Verses 19-22 explain the testimony that is found in nature. We groan because we see gifted people who are wasting their lives, and we would love to see something else happening. As this passage makes clear, glory is given to us as part of our inheritance in Christ. Our Lord Jesus said this himself in Matthew 5:11-12. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Paul says this again very plainly in Philippians 1:29: For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him [or, for his name's sake], (Philippians 1:29 NIV). Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 8:22-27 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: This passage was surely chosen for Pentecost because of its strong emphasis on the Holy Spirit. We make detailed reports of what we go through in our sufferings. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." It's just like holding up a mirror before me. I find a lot of Christians who have an ejection-seat mentality. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. These will soon pass away; but that glory shall never become dim or diminished; it will increase and expand forever and ever. That is what Paul says the world is doing. Paul is telling us here that we can wait with patience because nature testifies his glorious coming, and our own experience confirms it as well. More Episodes. Now, that statement would be just so much hot air if it didn't come from a man like Paul. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last. It can be awful, almost unendurable. The whole history of creation since The freedom of believers from condemnation. You may get home to find your house is on fire. But there will come times when we won't know what to pray for. The future happiness of the saints is expressed by glory, of which the glory of this world is but a faint resemblance; a glory which is already given to Christ, and he is entered into the possession of; it is already, but as yet it is unseen, but will be "revealed" hereafter, when Christ himself shall appear in it; and it will not only be revealed to the saints, as the glory of Christ, as Mediator; and it will not only be visible upon them, upon their bodies, which will be made like to the glorious body of Christ; but it will be revealed in them, and greatly lie in the perfection of knowledge and holiness in their souls: now between the sufferings of the saints in the present state of things and their future happiness, is no comparison, either with respect to quality or quantity. In the area where I was, there was once a great forest -- the world's greatest forest of sequoia trees, those great redwoods. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. The usual representation of heaven is that of glory, splendor, magnificence, or light; compare Revelation 21:10, Revelation 21:23-24; Revelation 22:5. are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us. Therefore, what is happening to us now is something that we never need to see as meaningless. This verse links together two things that we probably would not put together: sufferings and glory -- hurts and hallelujahs. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. There are three groans in this passage. For the creation waits in … Just the other day, I received a mimeographed letter from a man who had written out in extreme detail (even though rather humorously) a report of his recent operation. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 8:18-28. Romans 8:28-30 God Works in "All Things” For Our Good. This phrase "the bondage to decay" is a very accurate description of what scientists call the second law of thermodynamics. But the poets and mythologies know all about it. Now the Spirit is groaning. This is how man despoils creation wherever he goes. This is what Paul calls the firstfruits of the Spirit -- the power of God to make a heart calm and restful and peaceful in the midst of turbulent, trying, and difficult circumstances. If this referred to the gift of tongues, it would merely be putting into other languages the feelings of our heart. This rumor speaks of a day that is coming when all the hurt and heartache and injustice and weakness and suffering of our present experience will be explained and justified and will result in a time of incredible blessing upon the earth. But it can't. He stated this very plainly earlier, in Verse 17: Now if we are children, then we are heirs -- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. And though they were beaten and mistreated, they went away rejoicing because God had counted them worthy to bear suffering for his name's sake. Ah, but we want so much more. There is also a … Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. The apostle is saying that what the Spirit prays for is what happens. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. It is designed to place students in circumstances where they must do those things which seem completely beyond th… Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven. Now, in anticipation of that day, the apostle says, nature groans, but it groans in hope (Verse 22): We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Listen to the roaring of the tide. We groan physically in our pain and our limitation. (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV). It holds great meaning. In fact, the Apostle Paul links them directly together in Second Corinthians 4:17: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. For in this hope we were saved. And suffering, also, is our inheritance in Christ. Paul is saying that creation not only is waiting for something, but that it is doing so because it is linked with man. I remind you again of what Paul said in Second Corinthians 4:17: For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We are to be given the morning star. Romans 8:35-37 God’s Everlasting Love. I groaned this morning when I got up. And yet the groan is producing the glory. - If the glory that is to be revealed be the enjoyment of God himself, (see above, Romans 8:17; (note)), then the sufferings of this life, which, when compared with eternity, are but as for a moment, are not worthy to be put in competition with this glory which shall be revealed in us.. in compensation for the other. Romans 8:28–30 ESV 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Suffering is a privilege committed to us. Yet it sings in hope, looking forward to that day, Paul says, when it shall step into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. That is the theme that Paul brings to a focus in Verses 18-28 of Romans 8. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Romans 8:28. Our present experience confirms that this glory is coming. All that God intended in nature will come into visible manifestation in that day. Nature will be delivered into "the freedom and the glory of the children of God." Romans 8:18-27 From Suffering to Glory. Creation fell with man, the apostle declares. This describes the groans of the Spirit within, so deep and so impossible to verbalize that we cannot say anything at all. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you," (Matthew 5:11-12 KJV).Nothing will help us more in enduring suffering than a clear view of the glory that is linked to it. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. He sends into the life of those for whom we are concerned the experiences that they need, no matter what they may be. With the fall of man came the spreading fear, hostility, and hatred in the animal world, and the whole of nature testifies to this fact. We groan because of the ravages that sin makes in our lives, and in the lives of those we love. Nature groans; we groan. The sufferings of the saints are but for a time, but their glory is eternal; nor is there any comparison to be made between them by way of merit, for there is no manner of proportion between the one and the other, nor can the one have any causal influence upon the other. By Dr. Leighton Flowers. Commentary on Romans 8:26-39Conquerors through Christ Paul J. Bucknell. December 6, 2017. Among the Greeks, it was taught that the body was evil, and that the best thing was to get out of it, to get away from it, to escape into whatever glory awaited the human spirit, for the body was a prison, holding us in. Though for a while something may seem to grow, eventually it dies. He deals with two themes: the sufferings of believers, and the glorification of believers. Now, that means that even the trials and tragedies that happen to us are an answer from the Father to the praying of the Spirit, doesn't it? But he was careful not to upset anyone else’s work (Romans 15:20). In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us that we are never to be troubled or anxious, but in everything, with prayer and supplication, we are to let our requests be made known to God. It is not going to be revealed to us, but in us. This case is perfectly cl We can endure the suffering, and even triumph in it, because we see the glory that is to follow. However, the central emphasis of the chapter isn't the Spirit, but the assurance that Christians possess: • As to man, not a tear has been shed, not a groan has been uttered, not a pang has been felt, in body or mind, that has not come from sin. It does say that whether the situation is bad or good, it will work together for good for you if you are one who is loved and called by God. You can go and enjoy the gift on many fine mornings, if you get up early enough. We know that the Spirit of God is able to give joy in the midst of heartache. Think of the beauty of nature -- and yet every area is spoiled by thorns and thistles, and various things that mark this decay. Now, what is the Spirit asking for? All must plead guilty. The important thing we need to see is that both the sufferings and the glory are privileges that are given to us. (20) Thirdly, that this glory which we look for surpasses a thousand times the misery of our afflictions. We are all tempted to feel that way, but that is not the Christian point of view. There is more involved in this program of patient waiting, as the apostle goes on to explain in Verses 26-27: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. "You have not because you ask not," (James 4:2b NIV). The corruption in our nature, will for ever stop any justification by our own works. not of equal importance, not of corresponding weight; καὶ πάνυ δοκοῦσιν ἡμῶν ἐνίοις μετρίοις εἶναι. 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. A magnificent and fantastic prospect awaits us. Boredom is an attitude of enduring, waiting for something better to come, but seeing nothing meaningful in what you are going through at the time. In one way, of course, God has given us the morning star already. There are many times when we do know what to pray for. They tell us that beauty, born a murmuring sound, will pass into a human face. (18) Revealed in us.—Upon us—i.e., reaching to us, and illumining and transfiguring us. We are being prepared for something -- we can't really tell what it is, specifically, but we are getting ready for something. For the earnest expectation of the creature, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Our afflictions are working for us. We just feel deeply. Romans 7 Romans 8:18-28 Romans 9 Return to the Main Player Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. That is the theme of this section in Romans 8, beginning with Verse 18: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. This glory is not going to be a spectator sport, where we will sit up in some cosmic grandstand and watch an amusing or beautiful performance in which we actually have no part. With the glory - The happiness; the honor in heaven. Romans 8:18(NASB) Verse Thoughts The world in which we live is a fallen world – a place of sufferings and trials and a time of heartaches and problems, a life of difficulties and sickness, a season of disappointments and death. Listen to the sighing of the wind. Verse 18 concludes the argument of the previous thesis … Romans 7:7-25. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. It is something that is part of the whole program and plan of God, part of the privilege committed to us as Christians. I want to point out immediately that this is not an encouragement to cease praying. (Romans 8:17 NIV). He said he had had to listen to all the reports of other people's operations for years, and now it was his turn! 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Compare Romans 3:28; 2 Corinthians 11:5; Philippians 3:13. They rejoiced in their sufferings. Paul wrote it during his stay in Corinth, probably about 57 *A.D.. 2. Browse Sermons on Romans 8:18-28. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. None shall hurt and destroy in all of God's holy mountain. We pray that we may understand this, and thus be able to endure patiently and with thanksgiving what we are going through now, knowing that it is the very suffering that is working and producing the glory. They are nothing in degree. All through this paragraph there is a constant contrast between the groan and the glory; yet there is a link between the two. For permission to use this content, please review Romans 8:1-8. As soon as they get into difficulty, they want to pull the ejection chord and zip off into glory. Romans 8:18. All rights reserved. Our lives consist of groans. How magnificent they are, how rich they are! But we are not only given the privilege of suffering with him now, but also of sharing in his glory that is yet to come. We think we can no longer endure. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the la… Which shall be revealed in us - That shall be disclosed to us; or of which we shall be the partakers in heaven. The expression evidently includes not only the special trials of Christians at that time, but all that believers are ever called to endure. 26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We thank you, our Father, for these mighty promises. 1. Recently we have been hearing a lot about how plants are sensitive to people, how they even understand something of what we say, and how our attitudes are conveyed to them. (Romans 8:18-22) The passage begins with a general statement about the comparative significance of suffering and glory. These are the themes that Paul links together in this great section of Romans 8. Paul established churches in many cities. It is, as Paul describes it here, subjected to frustration. The word means "to crane the neck, to look on with a visible sense of anticipation that something is about to happen." The apostle says that we do not know what to pray for as we ought. But here the apostle says, "Don't even mention them! That is why I think Phillips translates this correctly when he says, "The whole creation is standing on tiptoe, eagerly awaiting the revelation of the sons of God." Therefore, when the hour strikes when the sons of God are going to be revealed -- when it shall appear what we are, as John would say, when what we have become in our spirits, sons of the living God, shall become visibly evident to all -- in that hour, nature will be freed from its bondage. I think I begin to see what it means. The joys, the unexpected blessings, and the unusual things that happen to you are also the result of the Spirit's praying. Some of us have to live with these frustrated plants in our homes. Romans 8:9-17. I am groaning all the time. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time. (Romans 8:19 NIV). We lack wisdom. Listen to the roar of the cataract. This is all a part of the bondage to decay that we see all around us. RayStedman.org/permissions. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Now, you can see that Paul is straining the language in trying to describe this fantastic thing that is about to happen, which he calls the revelation of the glory that is coming. The glory that is coming is incomparable in intensity. I am not trying to make light of them or diminish the terrible physical and emotional pain that suffering can bring. The whisper of this in the Old Testament increases in intensity as it approaches the New Testament, where you come to proclamations like this that speak of the incomparable glory that lies ahead. No wonder the apostle then closes this passage with one of the greatest paeans of praise in the Scriptures. I have always been amazed at people who emphasize the gift of tongues and take this verse as proof that the Spirit prays in tongues through us. Paul says here that though we ourselves are redeemed in spirit, our bodies are not yet redeemed; we, too, are groaning. These are the results of the praying of the Spirit. This is what God is preparing us for. It was man's sin that made the animals hate and fear each other and brought predators and carnivores into being. Paul dictated his letter to Tertius (Romans 16:22). So we groan in our spirits -- we groan in disappointment, in bereavement, in sorrow. I must admit it is a great help. We knew something was wrong, but we didn't know how to analyze it, or how to explain it, or how to ask God to do something about it. You may leave this service this morning and become involved in an automobile accident on the way home. Paul says the whole created universe bears witness to this day that is coming.
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