Present Suffering and Future Glory
Vs. 18-19: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
o Every bad thing that happens now, is nothing compare to the glory we are going to behold. We are going to be a part of!
o The whole world (the creation) is craning its neck looking for the day that we all will be revealed as the daughters of God!
Vs. 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 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
o This world has a never ending rhythm. Birth, growth, death.
o Not by our choice! But by God’s. Because of Adam. Really because of sin!
o Creation is cursed. Man has a dying body! The moment you are born, you start to die.
o It is what most people call nature. But here we are shown it is by the will of God, so that we can see our need and turn to the One who has freedom to offer!
Vs. 22:We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
o Browning wrote: “God’s in His Heaven – All’s right with the world”
I think that is not true. All is only right in Heaven.
o Schelling said. “Nature, with its melancholy chorus, resembles a bride who, at the very moment when she is fully attired for the marriage, saw the bridegroom die. She still stands with her fresh crown and in her bridal dress but her eyes are full of tears.”
o Nature is groaning!
Vs 23: Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
o I come down the stairs, and I groan!
o 2 Corinthians 5:2 We are constantly on the stairs, in pain, in sin, in frustration, in sadness, in worry, in fright, but always looking to heaven, knowing it will not be the same as this!o
Psalm 6:6 (look it up!
o Jesus wept too. But all in all, we do not think of Jesus as a miserable person crying and groaning. We think of Him as Joyful! He had His eyes on the goal!
Vs 24-25: For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
o Someday, hope will not be needed. And we realize the wait was worth it!
Vs. 26-27: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
o Here is how wonderful God is. He knows us and helps us.
o First, He knows we are weak.
o 2nd He knows we are so like sheep; stupid and mixed up, that we don’t even know how to pray
o And then he makes a way for us to even talk to Him!
o I’ve been there, not knowing what to say!
o But I think, even when I don’t think I am there, weak and not knowing, even when I think I KNOW what to pray, I am sure the Holy Spirit helps me out when approaching God Almighty. I can just hear Jesus up there saying “Bless her heart, she thinks she is praying in the right way! Let me help her! Your will be done, is what she means!”
God is so gracious! He gives us everything we need and more! Blessing upon blessing! Grace for grace!
Next week, more about love! I love love!