Romans Chapter 8 Study, Part 4of9, Evans Olang

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Romans 8:18-22, “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 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”

In this following verse, vs. 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”, Paul places suffering and glory side by side. In this does a believer take comfort that the suffering of any kind (persecution, loss, sickness etc.) is for a time. It’s not bound to last forever. By this word is meant not only exceeding sorrow, but also the fruit that follows from it. There is no worldview that addresses the dilemma of suffering and provides comforting answers like Christianity. It makes hope, the expectation of good to all those who are weary from its burden.

Vs. 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 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“. I consider this as one of the purposes God has given us the miracle of birth to demonstrate how in agony, labor pains, discomfort and even suffering for a while there is hope of a new life ushered into the world. It’s an experience with an expectation, and what a mother goes through at that point cannot be compared to the joy of holding that baby when it’s all been said and done. There is an earnest expectation, parents eagerly waits, the mother groans and labors with birth pangs, the delivery is the revelation of what has been concealed for such a time as this.

“The world is in travail, groaning for deliverance. That it is in travail is certain; there is unrest and crying for deliverance everywhere. It may not understand its trouble, nor even what it wants, but the meaning is that it is fallen, its wishes frustrated, and it is sighing for deliverance. These groans and sorrows are a prophecy of a time of deliverance when “there shall be a new heaven, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” B. W. Johnson’s

The comforts of the saint in the midst of suffering are now given: (1) The hope of glory for which all creation, ruined by the Fall, is looking forward for. (2) The present help of the Spirit and a taste of what is to come. (3) The overruling providence of God for the very meaning of hope is, the expectation that something now and future will become present. 2Corinthians 4:17, “17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” 1Peter 1:6, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials”,  1Peter 4:13, “but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy”., To continue, blessings Ev

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