Romans 8 – Our Eternal Perspective on Suffering

Eternal Perspective on SufferingUnderstanding Our Eternal Perspective on Suffering as Christians                        Romans 8 – Part 7

Romans 8:18-22 (NKJV)

From Suffering to Glory

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. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly (longingly) waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Christ’s example sets the pattern for everyone. Christ experienced suffering while on earth, which is not a judge or good evaluation of whether the Father is pleased with Him. It is quite the opposite. The Father was very pleased with Him. We have to do the same. We have to wait to see the end of our story, you won’t see that until you are in the age with Christ and that’s the age Paul is speaking about when he says, you’re present sufferings can’t be compared to what’s in store for you in that age. Continue reading

Romans 8 Why do bad things happen to good people

Why do bad things happen to good peoplePaul begins looking at the question of Our Suffering which sometimes is referred to, Why do bad things happen to good people? And look at suffering in terms of God’s plan for Creation itself.

He begins with verse 18:

Romans 8:18-22 (NKJV)

From Suffering to Glory

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. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption (decay) into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now

Obviously, Paul’s moved on to a topic of suffering, but actually, his topic here starts a verse earlier than what you just read. He begins to introduce you to where he is going back in verses 16-17 that you read in a previous post. But if you notice at the end of 16 and 17 Paul introduces this idea of suffering as part of the Christian experience. Continue reading

Intro into the Second Half of Romans 8 – Part 5

Romans 8Paul is moving into the Second Half of Romans 8 as he Addresses the Question of Our Suffering and how it relates to Our Eternal Security

Returning to chapter 8 and Paul’s climactic explanation of your security in the salvation you have in Jesus Christ. Starting in chapter 6, Paul began explaining what changed for us as Christians as a result of putting our faith in Christ. And in chapters 6,7,& 8 he has been going through all the ramifications. Chapter 6 is when we learned we received a new spirit given to us by the Holy Spirit, made in the nature of Christ’s sinless spirit. Continue reading