present sufferings, future destiny


Romans 8:18-30

18 Because I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. 19 Because the creation impatiently waits for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 Because the creation was subjected to uselessness—not willingly but because of God who subjected it—in hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decomposition into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 Because we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. 23 Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 Because we were saved in hope. Now hope that is already realized is not hope, because who hopes for what he already knows? 25 But if we hope for what we do not already realize, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not even know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the saints according to God’s will. 28 And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, 29 because those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.

present sufferings, future destiny

As we saw yesterday, Paul set up this chapter by asking that all important question: “who will rescue me from this body of death?[1] In chapter 8, he lays out the mechanics of the rescue that is now presently going on in the life of every true Christian. This section focuses on the things that Christians must endure in this life in spite of the fact that the rescue is going on. Paul explains this fact bb comparing our sufferings with what the whole created universe is experiencing. The whole universe is presently in a state of bondage to decomposition. It is coming apart. This reality reminds us all that things are not right, and that they must be put right. We should not be surprised that – in such a universe – God’s children suffer.

But we suffer in hope of a future destiny. The fact that God has begun the rescue by sending his Son to die in our place, giving us justification and adopting us as his children, inspires us to endure the present unpleasantness

LORD, thank you for you amazing grace, which has rescued us for eternity. Thank you that nothing we face today can ever change that.

[1] 7:24.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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