Through suffering and in our weakness the Spirit intercedes for us. Romans 8 – Part 9
The believer who has his or her hope in eternal things will persevere in earthly suffering because we understand it can’t touch what is waiting for us in eternity. Like the mother who preservers through childbirth pain because she knows where it’s leading. So ironically, the one who puts his or her hope in temporal things, prosperity, riches, healing or whatever, that person is less likely to persevere. So we wait He says for our glory. We don’t wait alone. Continue reading
Paul moves from suffering in Creation to discussing the meaning of suffering in our personal experience. We persevere in Our Hope. Romans 8 – Part 8
Romans 8:23-25 (NKJV)
23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
We too suffer (or groan, which is a euphemism for suffering) under the burden of the curse that God put on the Earth. Specifically, that curse as it affects our bodies. We feel the weight of the evil that affects all Creation, we feel it personally. You suffer sickness. The next time you get sick, know that you are having a reality check connected to the curse that God pronounced. You’re experiencing it in a very tangible way. You don’t have to be sick to feel it. If you have a little joint pain, or if you have to toil at something and it is difficult, and you sweat, that’s the curse, or If you have a weakness, in some context, physical, emotional, intellectual. Are you getting older? Are you going to die one day? They are all effects of the curse. Continue reading
Understanding 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