> Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 8:18-39 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. But the poets and mythologies know all about it. You can go and enjoy the gift on many fine mornings, if you get up early enough. Romans 8:18-25 discusses the place suffering has in the lives of God's people. See on 1 Peter 5:12. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. This is how man despoils creation wherever he goes. I have been so struck by the fact that in the tone of voice she employs in mimicking me there is often a groan. Life consists of a great deal of groaning. This verse links together two things that we probably would not put together: sufferings and glory -- hurts and hallelujahs. We have been counted worthy to suffer for his name, that we may also share in the glory that is to come. Rivers will run free and clear and sweet again. Futility prevails in the natural world. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last. Someone may steal your purse. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen. AN OVERVIEW This much beloved passage celebrates that God is always present and always willing to help in our hour of need (v. Romans 8:18-28 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Futility is a … Think of the beauty of nature -- and yet every area is spoiled by thorns and thistles, and various things that mark this decay. 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. (Read Romans 8:28-31) That is good for the saints which does their souls good. He was beaten, he was stoned with rocks, he was chained, he was imprisoned, he was shipwrecked, starved, often hungry and naked and cold. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Paul established churches in many cities. As I walked about, I was sad to see how the crush of man has spoiled what is left of the beauty of creation. Out of this grows the assurance that no matter what happens, it will work together for good. I just spent a few days in the beautiful High Sierra, where the great Sequoia trees grow. As Paul has said earlier, nature groans in the hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage of decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 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. Romans 7:7-25. For these sufferings are but for a moment; but the glory shall be eternal. 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). 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. I think I begin to see what it means. And yet the groan is producing the glory. Commentary on Romans 8:28-31. 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. Clarke's Romans 8:18 Bible Commentary For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. The Spirit is asking for something concerning the situation that we are trying to pray about. It is a stepping into an experience of liberty such as we have never dreamed, such as has never come into our imaginations at any time. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 8:28-30 Check out these helpful resources Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Biblical Commentary Español Comentario Romans 8:28-30 Biblical Commentary: ROMANS 8:26-39. 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. With the glory - The happiness; the honor in heaven. [Lewis sums it up in a previous sentence in this way]. 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. It is easy for Christians reading these passages to get the idea that we earn our glory by the sufferings that we go through -- those who go through the greatest suffering will earn the greatest degree of glory. 1. You will astonish our minds and our hearts by what you have prepared. This phrase "the bondage to decay" is a very accurate description of what scientists call the second law of thermodynamics. Ironically enough, though it was all done in the name of profit, nobody made a dime on the whole operation. We lack wisdom. But the apostle immediately adds that this is a groaning which is in hope. But this passage has nothing to do with that. We think we can no longer endure. December 7, 2017. I think that incomparable spokesman, C. S. Lewis, has explained this more accurately than anyone else. They are nothing in degree. By this, therefore, Christians maybe sustained. Listen to the roar of the cataract. 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. In one way, of course, God has given us the morning star already. The word Spirit occurs over and over throughout the chapter. So did you, probably. Now, we tend to make careful note of our suffering. Paul says here that though we ourselves are redeemed in spirit, our bodies are not yet redeemed; we, too, are groaning. This passage helps us in our understanding of prayer. In the area where I was, there was once a great forest -- the world's greatest forest of sequoia trees, those great redwoods. As I see the increasing decrepitude in people's deteriorating physical bodies as they grow older, I have to say again, "It does not yet appear what we shall be." Everything is decaying; everything, with no exception, is running down. (Romans 8:23-25 NIV). Though, after all, the "glory" here spoken of may mean the glorious Gospel of Christ, which was more and more to be revealed in the Gentile world, "in" or "by us" the apostles, in comparison of which all their sufferings were as nothing. We know that one day these words, which are essentially forms and empty sounds to us, will be filled with a content that is beyond description. We groan because of the ravages that sin makes in our lives, and in the lives of those we love. The apostle says that we do not know what to pray for as we ought. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. It is something that is part of the whole program and plan of God, part of the privilege committed to us as Christians. (32-39) Who hopes for what he already has? Romans 8:1-39. The usual representation of heaven is that of glory, splendor, magnificence, or light; compare Revelation 21:10, Revelation 21:23-24; Revelation 22:5. A magnificent and fantastic prospect awaits us. My daughter, Laurie, has reached the stage where she delights in mimicking me, repeating back to me the things that I say in the way that I say them. That is why I think that boredom is the most non-Christian attitude that we can have. (20) Thirdly, that this glory which we look for surpasses a thousand times the misery of our afflictions. All of this is because of the fall of man. Even most of the sounds of birds are in the minor key. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time. Here is a man who suffered intensely. It can be awful, almost unendurable. Romans 8:18. Its intensity can increase to such a degree that we actually scream with terror and pain. Then I have to remind myself, "Well, they are still children of God, even though it does not yet appear what they shall be." Of this present time - Probably the apostle had particular reference to the various calamities then endured. 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. 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. But he was careful not to upset anyone else’s work (Romans 15:20). Creation fell with man, the apostle declares. December 5, 2017. All rights reserved. But the apostle is saying that the intensity of the suffering we experience is not even a drop in the bucket compared with the intensity of glory that is coming. not of equal importance, not of corresponding weight; καὶ πάνυ δοκοῦσιν ἡμῶν ἐνίοις μετρίοις εἶναι. 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. That is what Paul says the world is doing. 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. Romans 7:14-25 The Battle With Sin. Paul goes on to explain why he makes such a statement in Verses 20-21: For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. In part we are thinking of her because she has just left us to attend college some distance away. 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. It is eagerly awaiting this remarkable event toward which the world is hastening, and has been hastening, since the beginning of time. Message transcript and recording © 1976 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. That is what Paul says is about to happen. One of this country’s finest, the high road program is a part of the curriculum of Wheaton College. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. 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. Because we have these firstfruits we can wait patiently for the hour when, at last, even our bodies will be set free, and we shall step into an incomparable glory, such as we have never imagined or seen before. (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV). Never separate this verse from the previous two verses. 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 Romans 8:35-37 God’s Everlasting Love. The important thing we need to see is that both the sufferings and the glory are privileges that are given to us. For these are light compared with that "eternal weight of glory" which they shall "work out." Somebody has pointed out that all the sounds of nature are in the minor key. 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Our afflictions are working for us. In some ways, I think that is the most remarkable statement in this remarkable paragraph. Which shall be revealed in us - That shall be disclosed to us; or of which we shall be the partakers in heaven. That is why the poets tell us such lovely falsehoods. We do not want merely to see beauty, though God knows even that is bounty enough -- we want something else which can hardly be put into words -- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. 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. But the apostle argues that, if that is true, it is also true that when man is delivered from this decay, nature will be delivered as well. But here the apostle says, "Don't even mention them! (Romans 8:18-22) The passage begins with a general statement about the comparative significance of suffering and glory. 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? If you are a true and genuine believer in Jesus Christ, you will suffer. I find a lot of Christians who have an ejection-seat mentality. Paul is saying that creation not only is waiting for something, but that it is doing so because it is linked with man. I must admit it is a great help. And yet it is this apostle who takes pen in hand and says, "Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that shall be revealed in us." Even human life dies, and so does all that is with it. We never earn glory. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Romans 8:28-30 God Works in "All Things” For Our Good. 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. 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. These will soon pass away; but that glory shall never become dim or diminished; it will increase and expand forever and ever. Nature will be delivered into "the freedom and the glory of the children of God." And suffering, also, is our inheritance in Christ. Featured Resources From Thru the Bible. 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. 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. Paul sets this evidence before us in Verse 23: Not 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. 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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. They want to get away from it all. Some of us have to live with these frustrated plants in our homes. It is precisely for this reason Paul later moves on in Romans 8:26-39 and discusses God's great plan of salvation and His love for us. Paul tells us that this praying of the Spirit is done with groans which words cannot express. They rejoiced in their sufferings. (Romans 8:17 NIV). We do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. I groaned this morning when I got up. For the creation waits in … He groaned, even though he knew that he would soon raise Lazarus from the dead. We are saved in hope, Paul says, and by that hope we live. The theme of that verse and the next nine verses is that incomparable glory lies ahead -- glory beyond description, greater than anything you can compare it with on earth. It is true that hope, by its very nature, is something yet in the future -- "But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Romans 8:15-25. The freedom of believers from condemnation. 8:28-31 That is good for the saints which does their souls good. Nature groans; we groan. As nature groans in hope, so we believers groan -- but we groan in hope too. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 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. Therefore, what is happening to us now is something that we never need to see as meaningless. Commentary on Romans 8:26-39Conquerors through Christ Paul J. Bucknell. It will burst into a bloom and fecundity that no one can possibly imagine now. As this passage makes clear, glory is given to us as part of our inheritance in Christ. All nature is singing, but it is singing a song of bondage. Adam Clarke Commentary. Paul says the whole created universe bears witness to this day that is coming. It is a word that pictures a man standing and waiting for something to happen, craning his head forward. For permission to use this content, please review Now, what is the Spirit asking for? The desert will blossom like the rose, the prophet says, and the lions will lie down with the lambs. (Romans 8:28 NIV). Now, tongues are words, words of other languages. I am groaning all the time. The Spirit prays according to the mind of God, and the Father answers by bringing into our lives the experiences that we need. (Romans 8:18 NIV). "You have not because you ask not," (James 4:2b NIV). We groan physically in our pain and our limitation. 24For in this hope we were saved. It is designed to place students in circumstances where they must do those things which seem completely beyond th… This is the judgment of things the apostle made, "I reckon" or "I think" which is said, not as his bare opinion, or as in the least doubting the truth of what he said; but having deliberately weighed things in his mind, and reasoned upon them, came to this conclusion, that so it must be. Our Lord Jesus said this himself in Matthew 5:11-12. There are a thousand and one possibilities. Nature is groaning, we are groaning, and now the Spirit is groaning with words which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:18–28 Future Glory 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time n are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 8:18-28. As this passage with one of this country ’ s finest, the second law of sin and death,. 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Jesus taught on prayer. They tell us that beauty, born a murmuring sound, will pass into a human face. Romans 8:1-8. Subject to permissions policy, all rights reserved. We are to be on the stage. (28-31) Their final triumph, through Christ. God is working out his purposes within us. o The believer’s future glory based on God’s promises (8:18-25) o Intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf (8:26-27) o God’s sovereignty and shielding the believer for eternity (8:28-30) 18 For. As soon as they get into difficulty, they want to pull the ejection chord and zip off into glory. In the paragraph that follows, the apostle shows us two proofs that confirm this hope of glory. It is not going to be revealed to us, but in us. 2 Corinthians 4:17. You may get home to find your house is on fire. 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. 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. 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. There are three groans in this passage. But it is wrong to see it that way. How magnificent they are, how rich they are! We thank you, our Father, for these mighty promises. All Christians suffer. I am not trying to make light of them or diminish the terrible physical and emotional pain that suffering can bring. Anxiety shines a spotlight for us on how much we need the Lord. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. No one in this room has gone through even a fraction of the suffering that Paul endured. The Spirit is praying that these things will happen, he is voicing the deep concern of God himself for your needs and mine. Have you ever thought of afflictions in that way? For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. And one of these days, at the end of our lives, if not before, we will step out of time into an incredible experience of glory, something that begs description -- a glory that Christ himself shares, and that we all shall share with him. It is a glory that will be "revealed into us," and we are part of it. This describes the groans of the Spirit within, so deep and so impossible to verbalize that we cannot say anything at all. For in this hope we were saved. (Romans 8:22 NIV). For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us. Listen to the sighing of the wind. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Romans 8:28. RayStedman.org/permissions. He said he had had to listen to all the reports of other people's operations for years, and now it was his turn! My wife and I had a time like that last night. As we face the sufferings we are going through now, what a blessing, and what a help it is to remember the glory that has been granted to us. We can do this when we see that our sufferings are privileges committed to us. What we need to understand is that these things do not happen by accident. Their afflictions are "light" in comparison of the due desert of sin, the sufferings of Christ, and the torments of the damaged in hell, and when under divine supports; but glory is heavy, it is a "weight of glory". This glory is not only incomparable in its intensity, but it is also incomparable in its locality. First John 3:2 has always been a comfort to me, as a pastor, because it reminds me that, though we are all sons of God, sometimes we don't appear to be his sons. They happen because the Spirit which is in you prayed and asked that the Father allow them to happen -- because you or someone close to you needs it. 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. The word, literally, means "into us." (26,27) Their interest in the love of God. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. Romans 8:28, ESV: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." They are nothing in duration. "What more," you may ask, "do we want?" I will always remember the night that I went home after work and had to tell my family that Chet Bitterman had been murdered by the M–19 in Colombia. Our sufferings hurt us, I know. 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. None shall hurt and destroy in all of God's holy mountain. My wife and I have been thinking a great deal this week about our daughter Amy. Sometimes when I am beset by saints who come to me and criticize various things that are going on, I have a difficult time relating to them. We are to be given the morning star. (Romans 8:19 NIV). We thank you for them. And also we are called and entrusted with the privilege of suffering for humanity. 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. They are not worthy to be mentioned in comparison with the glory that is to follow.". We suffer with Christ. The expression evidently includes not only the special trials of Christians at that time, but all that believers are ever called to endure. There is also a … By Dr. Leighton Flowers. But primarily we are thinking of Amy because she is presently in the wilderness of northern Wisconsin on the high road program. 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 Pastors are often called upon to deliver "bad news" to families. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. So we groan in our spirits -- we groan in disappointment, in bereavement, in sorrow. That is a literal rendering of what Paul says here, and it means that glory has a great deal of freedom about it. 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. 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. Paul mentions “the sufferings of this present time” (8:18). 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. For in this hope we were saved, in the anticipation that God has a plan for our bodies as well. We know that the Spirit of God is able to give joy in the midst of heartache. We are being prepared for something -- we can't really tell what it is, specifically, but we are getting ready for something. Ah, but we want so much more. This verse does not tell us that everything that happens to us is good. It is incomparable glory. These are the themes that Paul links together in this great section of Romans 8. Can you imagine how frustrated a plant can get when it wants to produce and grow, and yet it is always treated with a circumstance or attitude that frustrates it. They rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Lord. References: Romans 8:18-28. Romans 8:18-28 English Standard Version (ESV) Future Glory. If this referred to the gift of tongues, it would merely be putting into other languages the feelings of our heart. The Coming of Christ is always thus conceived of as a visible manifestation of glory in those who take part in it. Romans 8:12-17 Sonship Through The Spirit. 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). (Romans 8:20-21 NIV). The apostle says that when that happens, it is the Spirit of God who is praying. It holds great meaning. 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. But the expression is equally applicable to afflictions of all times and in all places. This is the law of infinite increase of entropy. He himself tells us this. Not only did our whole race fall into the bondage of sin and death, as the earlier chapters of Romans explain, but the entire physical universe fell as well. 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. He sends into the life of those for whom we are concerned the experiences that they need, no matter what they may be. Home >> Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 8:18-39 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. But the poets and mythologies know all about it. You can go and enjoy the gift on many fine mornings, if you get up early enough. Romans 8:18-25 discusses the place suffering has in the lives of God's people. See on 1 Peter 5:12. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. This is how man despoils creation wherever he goes. I have been so struck by the fact that in the tone of voice she employs in mimicking me there is often a groan. Life consists of a great deal of groaning. This verse links together two things that we probably would not put together: sufferings and glory -- hurts and hallelujahs. We have been counted worthy to suffer for his name, that we may also share in the glory that is to come. Rivers will run free and clear and sweet again. Futility prevails in the natural world. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last. Someone may steal your purse. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen. AN OVERVIEW This much beloved passage celebrates that God is always present and always willing to help in our hour of need (v. Romans 8:18-28 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Futility is a … Think of the beauty of nature -- and yet every area is spoiled by thorns and thistles, and various things that mark this decay. 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. (Read Romans 8:28-31) That is good for the saints which does their souls good. He was beaten, he was stoned with rocks, he was chained, he was imprisoned, he was shipwrecked, starved, often hungry and naked and cold. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Paul established churches in many cities. As I walked about, I was sad to see how the crush of man has spoiled what is left of the beauty of creation. Out of this grows the assurance that no matter what happens, it will work together for good. I just spent a few days in the beautiful High Sierra, where the great Sequoia trees grow. As Paul has said earlier, nature groans in the hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage of decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 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. Romans 7:7-25. For these sufferings are but for a moment; but the glory shall be eternal. 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). 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. I think I begin to see what it means. And yet the groan is producing the glory. Commentary on Romans 8:28-31. 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. Clarke's Romans 8:18 Bible Commentary For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. The Spirit is asking for something concerning the situation that we are trying to pray about. It is a stepping into an experience of liberty such as we have never dreamed, such as has never come into our imaginations at any time. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 8:28-30 Check out these helpful resources Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Biblical Commentary Español Comentario Romans 8:28-30 Biblical Commentary: ROMANS 8:26-39. 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. With the glory - The happiness; the honor in heaven. [Lewis sums it up in a previous sentence in this way]. 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. It is easy for Christians reading these passages to get the idea that we earn our glory by the sufferings that we go through -- those who go through the greatest suffering will earn the greatest degree of glory. 1. You will astonish our minds and our hearts by what you have prepared. This phrase "the bondage to decay" is a very accurate description of what scientists call the second law of thermodynamics. Ironically enough, though it was all done in the name of profit, nobody made a dime on the whole operation. We lack wisdom. But the apostle immediately adds that this is a groaning which is in hope. But this passage has nothing to do with that. We think we can no longer endure. December 7, 2017. I think that incomparable spokesman, C. S. Lewis, has explained this more accurately than anyone else. They are nothing in degree. By this, therefore, Christians maybe sustained. Listen to the roar of the cataract. 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. In one way, of course, God has given us the morning star already. The word Spirit occurs over and over throughout the chapter. So did you, probably. Now, we tend to make careful note of our suffering. Paul says here that though we ourselves are redeemed in spirit, our bodies are not yet redeemed; we, too, are groaning. This passage helps us in our understanding of prayer. In the area where I was, there was once a great forest -- the world's greatest forest of sequoia trees, those great redwoods. As I see the increasing decrepitude in people's deteriorating physical bodies as they grow older, I have to say again, "It does not yet appear what we shall be." Everything is decaying; everything, with no exception, is running down. (Romans 8:23-25 NIV). Though, after all, the "glory" here spoken of may mean the glorious Gospel of Christ, which was more and more to be revealed in the Gentile world, "in" or "by us" the apostles, in comparison of which all their sufferings were as nothing. We know that one day these words, which are essentially forms and empty sounds to us, will be filled with a content that is beyond description. We groan because of the ravages that sin makes in our lives, and in the lives of those we love. The apostle says that we do not know what to pray for as we ought. (1-9) Their privileges as being the children of God. It is something that is part of the whole program and plan of God, part of the privilege committed to us as Christians. (32-39) Who hopes for what he already has? Romans 8:1-39. The usual representation of heaven is that of glory, splendor, magnificence, or light; compare Revelation 21:10, Revelation 21:23-24; Revelation 22:5. A magnificent and fantastic prospect awaits us. My daughter, Laurie, has reached the stage where she delights in mimicking me, repeating back to me the things that I say in the way that I say them. That is why I think that boredom is the most non-Christian attitude that we can have. (20) Thirdly, that this glory which we look for surpasses a thousand times the misery of our afflictions. All of this is because of the fall of man. Even most of the sounds of birds are in the minor key. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time. Here is a man who suffered intensely. It can be awful, almost unendurable. Romans 8:18. Its intensity can increase to such a degree that we actually scream with terror and pain. Then I have to remind myself, "Well, they are still children of God, even though it does not yet appear what they shall be." Of this present time - Probably the apostle had particular reference to the various calamities then endured. 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. 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. But he was careful not to upset anyone else’s work (Romans 15:20). Creation fell with man, the apostle declares. December 5, 2017. All rights reserved. But the apostle is saying that the intensity of the suffering we experience is not even a drop in the bucket compared with the intensity of glory that is coming. not of equal importance, not of corresponding weight; καὶ πάνυ δοκοῦσιν ἡμῶν ἐνίοις μετρίοις εἶναι. 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. That is what Paul says the world is doing. 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. Romans 7:14-25 The Battle With Sin. Paul goes on to explain why he makes such a statement in Verses 20-21: For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. In part we are thinking of her because she has just left us to attend college some distance away. 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. It is eagerly awaiting this remarkable event toward which the world is hastening, and has been hastening, since the beginning of time. Message transcript and recording © 1976 by Ray Stedman Ministries, owner of sole copyright by assignment from the author. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. That is what Paul says is about to happen. One of this country’s finest, the high road program is a part of the curriculum of Wheaton College. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. 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. Because we have these firstfruits we can wait patiently for the hour when, at last, even our bodies will be set free, and we shall step into an incomparable glory, such as we have never imagined or seen before. (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV). Never separate this verse from the previous two verses. 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 Romans 8:35-37 God’s Everlasting Love. The important thing we need to see is that both the sufferings and the glory are privileges that are given to us. For these are light compared with that "eternal weight of glory" which they shall "work out." Somebody has pointed out that all the sounds of nature are in the minor key. 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Our afflictions are working for us. In some ways, I think that is the most remarkable statement in this remarkable paragraph. Which shall be revealed in us - That shall be disclosed to us; or of which we shall be the partakers in heaven. That is why the poets tell us such lovely falsehoods. We do not want merely to see beauty, though God knows even that is bounty enough -- we want something else which can hardly be put into words -- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. 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. But the apostle argues that, if that is true, it is also true that when man is delivered from this decay, nature will be delivered as well. But here the apostle says, "Don't even mention them! (Romans 8:18-22) The passage begins with a general statement about the comparative significance of suffering and glory. 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? If you are a true and genuine believer in Jesus Christ, you will suffer. I find a lot of Christians who have an ejection-seat mentality. Paul is saying that creation not only is waiting for something, but that it is doing so because it is linked with man. I must admit it is a great help. And yet it is this apostle who takes pen in hand and says, "Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that shall be revealed in us." Even human life dies, and so does all that is with it. We never earn glory. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Romans 8:28-30 God Works in "All Things” For Our Good. 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. 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. These will soon pass away; but that glory shall never become dim or diminished; it will increase and expand forever and ever. Nature will be delivered into "the freedom and the glory of the children of God." And suffering, also, is our inheritance in Christ. Featured Resources From Thru the Bible. 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. 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. Paul sets this evidence before us in Verse 23: Not 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. 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. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. They want to get away from it all. Some of us have to live with these frustrated plants in our homes. It is precisely for this reason Paul later moves on in Romans 8:26-39 and discusses God's great plan of salvation and His love for us. Paul tells us that this praying of the Spirit is done with groans which words cannot express. They rejoiced in their sufferings. (Romans 8:17 NIV). We do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. I groaned this morning when I got up. For the creation waits in … He groaned, even though he knew that he would soon raise Lazarus from the dead. We are saved in hope, Paul says, and by that hope we live. The theme of that verse and the next nine verses is that incomparable glory lies ahead -- glory beyond description, greater than anything you can compare it with on earth. It is true that hope, by its very nature, is something yet in the future -- "But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Romans 8:15-25. The freedom of believers from condemnation. 8:28-31 That is good for the saints which does their souls good. Nature groans; we groan. As nature groans in hope, so we believers groan -- but we groan in hope too. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 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. Therefore, what is happening to us now is something that we never need to see as meaningless. Commentary on Romans 8:26-39Conquerors through Christ Paul J. Bucknell. It will burst into a bloom and fecundity that no one can possibly imagine now. As this passage makes clear, glory is given to us as part of our inheritance in Christ. All nature is singing, but it is singing a song of bondage. Adam Clarke Commentary. Paul says the whole created universe bears witness to this day that is coming. It is a word that pictures a man standing and waiting for something to happen, craning his head forward. For permission to use this content, please review Now, what is the Spirit asking for? The desert will blossom like the rose, the prophet says, and the lions will lie down with the lambs. (Romans 8:28 NIV). Now, tongues are words, words of other languages. I am groaning all the time. The Spirit prays according to the mind of God, and the Father answers by bringing into our lives the experiences that we need. (Romans 8:18 NIV). "You have not because you ask not," (James 4:2b NIV). We groan physically in our pain and our limitation. 24For in this hope we were saved. It is designed to place students in circumstances where they must do those things which seem completely beyond th… This is the judgment of things the apostle made, "I reckon" or "I think" which is said, not as his bare opinion, or as in the least doubting the truth of what he said; but having deliberately weighed things in his mind, and reasoned upon them, came to this conclusion, that so it must be. Our Lord Jesus said this himself in Matthew 5:11-12. There are a thousand and one possibilities. Nature is groaning, we are groaning, and now the Spirit is groaning with words which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:18–28 Future Glory 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time n are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 8:18-28. As this passage with one of this country ’ s finest, the second law of sin and death,. 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