Ironically enough, though it was all done in the name of profit, nobody made a dime on the whole operation. There are no exceptions. That is a literal rendering of what Paul says here, and it means that glory has a great deal of freedom about it. It's almost as though Paul were standing there holding a balance scale in his hand. We are to be given the morning star. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 8:18-28. In one way, of course, God has given us the morning star already. Romans 8:9-17. Paul goes on to explain why he makes such a statement in Verses 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 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. This case is perfectly cl Our afflictions are working for us. The sufferings of the saints are but for a time, but their glory is eternal; nor is there any comparison to be made between them by way of merit, for there is no manner of proportion between the one and the other, nor can the one have any causal influence upon the other. The whisper of this in the Old Testament increases in intensity as it approaches the New Testament, where you come to proclamations like this that speak of the incomparable glory that lies ahead. Our lives consist of groans. Who hopes for what he already has? I think that incomparable spokesman, C. S. Lewis, has explained this more accurately than anyone else. Romans 8:18–28 Future Glory 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time n are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. There are three groans in this passage. It is true that hope, by its very nature, is something yet in the future -- "But hope that is seen is no hope at all. The usual representation of heaven is that of glory, splendor, magnificence, or light; compare Revelation 21:10, Revelation 21:23-24; Revelation 22:5. Though, after all, the "glory" here spoken of may mean the glorious Gospel of Christ, which was more and more to be revealed in the Gentile world, "in" or "by us" the apostles, in comparison of which all their sufferings were as nothing. Nature will be delivered into "the freedom and the glory of the children of God." This is what Paul calls the firstfruits of the Spirit -- the power of God to make a heart calm and restful and peaceful in the midst of turbulent, trying, and difficult circumstances. Clarke's Romans 8:18 Bible Commentary For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. But the expression is equally applicable to afflictions of all times and in all places. 1. AN OVERVIEW This much beloved passage celebrates that God is always present and always willing to help in our hour of need (v. We know that one day these words, which are essentially forms and empty sounds to us, will be filled with a content that is beyond description. Because we have these firstfruits we can wait patiently for the hour when, at last, even our bodies will be set free, and we shall step into an incomparable glory, such as we have never imagined or seen before. (Romans 8:20-21 NIV). They tell us that beauty, born a murmuring sound, will pass into a human face. But it is wrong to see it that way. Paul says the whole created universe bears witness to this day that is coming. (Romans 8:19 NIV). But the apostle is saying that the intensity of the suffering we experience is not even a drop in the bucket compared with the intensity of glory that is coming. Are not worthy to be compared - Are nothing in comparison; the one is far more than an equivalent. This describes the groans of the Spirit within, so deep and so impossible to verbalize that we cannot say anything at all. Romans 8:1-11 Living by The Power of God’s Spirit. It was man's sin that put thorns on roses. He was beaten, he was stoned with rocks, he was chained, he was imprisoned, he was shipwrecked, starved, often hungry and naked and cold. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. By this, therefore, Christians maybe sustained. For in this hope we were saved, in the anticipation that God has a plan for our bodies as well. (Romans 8:26-27 NIV). The word, literally, means "into us." Paul tells us that this praying of the Spirit is done with groans which words cannot express. It does say that whether the situation is bad or good, it will work together for good for you if you are one who is loved and called by God. The Spirit prays according to the mind of God, and the Father answers by bringing into our lives the experiences that we need. What a difference that makes as we wait for the coming of the glory! This verse does not tell us that everything that happens to us is good. Now, in anticipation of that day, the apostle says, nature groans, but it groans in hope (Verse 22): We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. They want to get away from it all. He said, "Blessed are you when men persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for his name's sake. We never earn glory. We know that the Spirit of God is able to give joy in the midst of heartache. Suffering is a privilege committed to us. Some of us have to live with these frustrated plants in our homes. But the apostle argues that, if that is true, it is also true that when man is delivered from this decay, nature will be delivered as well. My wife and I had a time like that last night. But primarily we are thinking of Amy because she is presently in the wilderness of northern Wisconsin on the high road program. Some people think this means that if we don't know how to pray as we ought, and if the Spirit is going to pray for us anyway, then we don't need to pray. As to man, not a tear has been shed, not a groan has been uttered, not a pang has been felt, in body or mind, that has not come from sin. Romans 8:1-8. I will always remember the night that I went home after work and had to tell my family that Chet Bitterman had been murdered by the M–19 in Colombia. More Episodes. Commentary on Romans 8:26-39Conquerors through Christ Paul J. Bucknell. Now, we tend to make careful note of our suffering. But the apostle immediately adds that this is a groaning which is in hope. What we need to understand is that these things do not happen by accident. Then I have to remind myself, "Well, they are still children of God, even though it does not yet appear what they shall be." How magnificent they are, how rich they are! Romans 8:31-34 If God is For Us Who Can be Against Us? God Overall Designs Things for Our Good (Romans 8:28-30) is the second of three parts to the BFF Romans 8:26-39 Living Commentary: Conquerors through Christ mini series. Verses 19-22 explain the testimony that is found in nature. "What more," you may ask, "do we want?" Commentary on Romans 3:19,20 (Read Romans 3:19,20) It is in vain to seek for justification by the works of the law. The word Spirit occurs over and over throughout the chapter. This verse links together two things that we probably would not put together: sufferings and glory -- hurts and hallelujahs. I do not think anything will transform our sufferings more than remembering that. With the glory - The happiness; the honor in heaven. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time. We thank you, our Father, for these mighty promises. The important thing we need to see is that both the sufferings and the glory are privileges that are given to us. December 6, 2017. (Romans 8:22 NIV). Romans 8:18-27 From Suffering to Glory. RayStedman.org/permissions. Things are moving toward a great day, but it is not here yet; and until that day, we have to put up with the difficulties and the hardships and the sufferings that our current situations bring us to. Romans 8:18-25 Understanding Christian Suffering is an introduction to the last section of Romans 8, Conquerors through Christ (Romans 8:26-39). Recently we have been hearing a lot about how plants are sensitive to people, how they even understand something of what we say, and how our attitudes are conveyed to them. By Dr. Leighton Flowers. They are nothing in duration. With the fall of man came the spreading fear, hostility, and hatred in the animal world, and the whole of nature testifies to this fact. And also we are called and entrusted with the privilege of suffering for humanity. My daughter, Laurie, has reached the stage where she delights in mimicking me, repeating back to me the things that I say in the way that I say them. Though for a while something may seem to grow, eventually it dies. Its intensity can increase to such a degree that we actually scream with terror and pain. This is what God is preparing us for. Life consists of a great deal of groaning. (20) Thirdly, that this glory which we look for surpasses a thousand times the misery of our afflictions. But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently." For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. (2 Corinthians 4:17 RSV). That is why I think Phillips translates this correctly when he says, "The whole creation is standing on tiptoe, eagerly awaiting the revelation of the sons of God." The apostle says that when that happens, it is the Spirit of God who is praying. And yet it is this apostle who takes pen in hand and says, "Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that shall be revealed in us." (32-39) He pollutes the air and ruins the environment. These will soon pass away; but that glory shall never become dim or diminished; it will increase and expand forever and ever. I have been so struck by the fact that in the tone of voice she employs in mimicking me there is often a groan. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen. Romans 8:12-17 Sonship Through The Spirit. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Romans 8:28-30 God Works in "All Things” For Our Good. And one of these days, at the end of our lives, if not before, we will step out of time into an incredible experience of glory, something that begs description -- a glory that Christ himself shares, and that we all shall share with him. The Spirit is praying that these things will happen, he is voicing the deep concern of God himself for your needs and mine. Romans 8:17-28 the Groan before the Glory . It is, as Paul describes it here, subjected to frustration. You can go and enjoy the gift on many fine mornings, if you get up early enough. Adam Clarke Commentary. Romans 8:28–30 ESV 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Paul says this again very plainly in Philippians 1:29: For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him [or, for his name's sake], (Philippians 1:29 NIV). 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Paul is telling us here that we can wait with patience because nature testifies his glorious coming, and our own experience confirms it as well. That is what Paul says is about to happen. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Have you ever thought of afflictions in that way? As I see the increasing decrepitude in people's deteriorating physical bodies as they grow older, I have to say again, "It does not yet appear what we shall be." All rights reserved. This is the judgment of things the apostle made, "I reckon" or "I think" which is said, not as his bare opinion, or as in the least doubting the truth of what he said; but having deliberately weighed things in his mind, and reasoned upon them, came to this conclusion, that so it must be. These are the themes that Paul links together in this great section of Romans 8. This is how man despoils creation wherever he goes. "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." I think this is the transforming view that makes it possible for us to endure suffering and, more than that, to actually rise above it with triumphant rejoicing. Pastors are often called upon to deliver "bad news" to families. Romans 8:15-25. Every time we groan, it is a reminder to us of the promise of glory. The apostle says that we do not know what to pray for as we ought. We have been counted worthy to suffer for his name, that we may also share in the glory that is to come. All through the Scriptures there has been a thread of hope, a rumor of hope that runs all through the Old Testament, through the prophetic writings, and into the New Testament. I just spent a few days in the beautiful High Sierra, where the great Sequoia trees grow. First John 3:2 has always been a comfort to me, as a pastor, because it reminds me that, though we are all sons of God, sometimes we don't appear to be his sons. It is something that is part of the whole program and plan of God, part of the privilege committed to us as Christians. Notice how he lays the foundation by turning our attention to our hope.He reminds us that God purposefully made life subject to futility. He groaned, even though he knew that he would soon raise Lazarus from the dead. Now, that means that even the trials and tragedies that happen to us are an answer from the Father to the praying of the Spirit, doesn't it? The Spirit is putting our prayer into a form which God the Father, who searches the heart, understands. See on 1 Peter 5:12. It has brought on the woes of earth; it has kindled the flames of hell. The Spirit is asking for something concerning the situation that we are trying to pray about. 2 Corinthians 4:17. Their sufferings may seem great; but they should remember that they are nothing in comparison with future glory. All through this paragraph there is a constant contrast between the groan and the glory; yet there is a link between the two. As he suffered, so do we, that we might also be glorified, as he is. Not only does nature testify to this bondage, bearing witness to the hope that is waiting, but, Paul says, we ourselves have this testimony. This phrase "the bondage to decay" is a very accurate description of what scientists call the second law of thermodynamics. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. We lack wisdom. Listen to the roar of the cataract. The freedom of believers from condemnation. It is recorded that, as he drew near the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus groaned in his spirit because he was so burdened by the ravages that sin had made in a believing family. That is explained in Verse 28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. That is the theme that Paul brings to a focus in Verses 18-28 of Romans 8. All must plead guilty. No one in this room has gone through even a fraction of the suffering that Paul endured. The future happiness of the saints is expressed by glory, of which the glory of this world is but a faint resemblance; a glory which is already given to Christ, and he is entered into the possession of; it is already, but as yet it is unseen, but will be "revealed" hereafter, when Christ himself shall appear in it; and it will not only be revealed to the saints, as the glory of Christ, as Mediator; and it will not only be visible upon them, upon their bodies, which will be made like to the glorious body of Christ; but it will be revealed in them, and greatly lie in the perfection of knowledge and holiness in their souls: now between the sufferings of the saints in the present state of things and their future happiness, is no comparison, either with respect to quality or quantity. I am not trying to make light of them or diminish the terrible physical and emotional pain that suffering can bring. Jesus taught on prayer. We just feel deeply. They talk as if the west wind could really sweep into a human soul. We make detailed reports of what we go through in our sufferings. He was not referring to an especially difficult period in history, but to the entire present age. Website © 2020 by Ray Stedman Ministries. It implies reasoning. The allusion is either to logicians, who having settled the premises draw the conclusion; or to arithmeticians, who, having cast up the account, give the sum total. For in this hope we were saved. I remind you again of what Paul said in Second Corinthians 4:17: For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. Who hopes for what he already has? For the earnest expectation of the creature, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Someone may steal your purse. Just the other day, I received a mimeographed letter from a man who had written out in extreme detail (even though rather humorously) a report of his recent operation. All Christians suffer. There is more involved in this program of patient waiting, as the apostle goes on to explain in Verses 26-27: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us that we are never to be troubled or anxious, but in everything, with prayer and supplication, we are to let our requests be made known to God. And though they were beaten and mistreated, they went away rejoicing because God had counted them worthy to bear suffering for his name's sake. December 7, 2017. It is designed to place students in circumstances where they must do those things which seem completely beyond th… Verse 18 concludes the argument of the previous thesis … Our sufferings hurt us, I know. But man came in, and in less than a decade there is nothing but blackened stumps and rotting logs where once there were thousands of trees. For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. But it won't -- or not yet, at least. Now, that statement would be just so much hot air if it didn't come from a man like Paul. But that would contradict many other passages of Scripture, especially James 4:2, which says. We are being prepared for something -- we can't really tell what it is, specifically, but we are getting ready for something. My wife and I have been thinking a great deal this week about our daughter Amy. They happen because the Spirit which is in you prayed and asked that the Father allow them to happen -- because you or someone close to you needs it. That is why the poets tell us such lovely falsehoods. I want to point out immediately that this is not an encouragement to cease praying. We think we can no longer endure. R Ruin (Romans 1:17 – 3:20) – The utter sinfulness of humanity O Offer (Romans 3:21-31) – God’s offer of justification by grace M Model (Romans 4:1-25) – Abraham as a model for saving faith A Access (Romans 5:1-11) – The benefits of justification N New Adam (Romans 5:12-21) – We are children of two “Adams” S Struggle w/ Sin (Romans 6:1-8:39) Struggle, sanctification, and victory As I walked about, I was sad to see how the crush of man has spoiled what is left of the beauty of creation. Paul sets this evidence before us in Verse 23: Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Their afflictions are "light" in comparison of the due desert of sin, the sufferings of Christ, and the torments of the damaged in hell, and when under divine supports; but glory is heavy, it is a "weight of glory". Paul mentions “the sufferings of this present time” (8:18). If this referred to the gift of tongues, it would merely be putting into other languages the feelings of our heart. Everything is decaying; everything, with no exception, is running down. Can you imagine how frustrated a plant can get when it wants to produce and grow, and yet it is always treated with a circumstance or attitude that frustrates it. So did you, probably. I groaned this morning when I got up. Now the Spirit is groaning. 26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. All nature is singing, but it is singing a song of bondage. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will. Sometimes when I am beset by saints who come to me and criticize various things that are going on, I have a difficult time relating to them. If you are a true and genuine believer in Jesus Christ, you will suffer. The apostle is saying that what the Spirit prays for is what happens. The word means "to crane the neck, to look on with a visible sense of anticipation that something is about to happen." It is a stepping into an experience of liberty such as we have never dreamed, such as has never come into our imaginations at any time. Romans 7 Romans 8:18-28 Romans 9 Return to the Main Player Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Romans 8:35-37 God’s Everlasting Love. But here the apostle says, "Don't even mention them! The corruption in our nature, will for ever stop any justification by our own works. Compare Romans 3:28; 2 Corinthians 11:5; Philippians 3:13. However, the church in Rome was not the result of the work of any one particular person. So we groan in our spirits -- we groan in disappointment, in bereavement, in sorrow. He is able to make us feel at peace even when there is turmoil all around. It is precisely for this reason Paul later moves on in Romans 8:26-39 and discusses God's great plan of salvation and His love for us. Romans 7:14-25 The Battle With Sin. As we face the sufferings we are going through now, what a blessing, and what a help it is to remember the glory that has been granted to us. I must admit it is a great help. He himself tells us this. Home >> Bible Studies >> Romans Studies >> Romans 8:18-39 These small group studies of Romans contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. o The believer’s future glory based on God’s promises (8:18-25) o Intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf (8:26-27) o God’s sovereignty and shielding the believer for eternity (8:28-30) 18 For. Futility is a … 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. We are all tempted to feel that way, but that is not the Christian point of view. I am afraid that this pagan concept is more prevalent among Christians than we like to think. "I judge after calculation made" (Godet). It is not going to be revealed to us, but in us. (26,27) Their interest in the love of God. It is at that time, the apostle tells us, that the Spirit of God within us voices, without words, his request to the Father. [Lewis sums it up in a previous sentence in this way]. No wonder the apostle then closes this passage with one of the greatest paeans of praise in the Scriptures. He said he had had to listen to all the reports of other people's operations for years, and now it was his turn! A magnificent and fantastic prospect awaits us. However, the central emphasis of the chapter isn't the Spirit, but the assurance that Christians possess: • Which shall be revealed in us - That shall be disclosed to us; or of which we shall be the partakers in heaven. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And suffering, also, is our inheritance in Christ. These are the results of the praying of the Spirit. I would like to share with you a paragraph or two from his message, The Weight of Glory: We are to shine as the sun. We pray that we may understand this, and thus be able to endure patiently and with thanksgiving what we are going through now, knowing that it is the very suffering that is working and producing the glory. And yet the groan is producing the glory. God is working out his purposes within us. For permission to use this content, please review For these are light compared with that "eternal weight of glory" which they shall "work out." December 5, 2017. Boredom is an attitude of enduring, waiting for something better to come, but seeing nothing meaningful in what you are going through at the time. We do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. As soon as they get into difficulty, they want to pull the ejection chord and zip off into glory. He sends into the life of those for whom we are concerned the experiences that they need, no matter what they may be. Now, tongues are words, words of other languages. That is the theme of this section in Romans 8, beginning with Verse 18: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Browse Sermons on Romans 8:18-28. It is easy for Christians reading these passages to get the idea that we earn our glory by the sufferings that we go through -- those who go through the greatest suffering will earn the greatest degree of glory. We do not want merely to see beauty, though God knows even that is bounty enough -- we want something else which can hardly be put into words -- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. Paul dictated his letter to Tertius (Romans 16:22). This glory is not going to be a spectator sport, where we will sit up in some cosmic grandstand and watch an amusing or beautiful performance in which we actually have no part. This happens to even the weakest and newest among us. The whole history of creation since For these sufferings are but for a moment; but the glory shall be eternal. How to Have Peace in Anxious Times. They are not worthy to be mentioned in comparison with the glory that is to follow.". You may get home to find your house is on fire. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. Ah, but we want so much more. Verse 19 tells us that nature is waiting for something: The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. Rivers will run free and clear and sweet again. Paul is saying that creation not only is waiting for something, but that it is doing so because it is linked with man. As nature groans in hope, so we believers groan -- but we groan in hope too. The sufferings - The afflictions; the persecutions, sicknesses, etc. One of this country’s finest, the high road program is a part of the curriculum of Wheaton College. However, the Holy Spirit does a work in us that helps us to see the reality of Romans 8:28, stated as follows: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” In the early part of Acts, it is recorded that the early Christians actually did this. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. This glory is not only incomparable in its intensity, but it is also incomparable in its locality. Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven. Our Lord Jesus said this himself in Matthew 5:11-12. The Christian viewpoint is that, though the body is in pain and suffering and is limited now, this is an important aspect of our lives. You will astonish our minds and our hearts by what you have prepared. 28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Paul wrote it during his stay in Corinth, probably about 57 *A.D.. 2. But this passage has nothing to do with that. They rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Lord. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (18-25) Their assistance from the Spirit in prayer. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. I think I begin to see what it means. At least half of the lumber that was cut was never removed and was left to rot. Romans 7:7-25. As Paul has said earlier, nature groans in the hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage of decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. God does want us to pray, and we are constantly encouraged to pray. First John 3:2 says, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God; but it does not yet appear what we shall be," (1 John 3:2a KJV). For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the la… 8:28-31 That is good for the saints which does their souls good. Romans 8:38-39 This passage helps us in our understanding of prayer. Therefore, what is happening to us now is something that we never need to see as meaningless. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. We were without wisdom. In fact, the Apostle Paul links them directly together in Second Corinthians 4:17: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Of this present time - Probably the apostle had particular reference to the various calamities then endured. 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