Paul 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