romans 8:18 28 commentary

The usual representation of heaven is that of glory, splendor, magnificence, or light; compare Revelation 21:10, Revelation 21:23-24; Revelation 22:5. Commentary on Romans 8:26-39Conquerors through Christ Paul J. Bucknell. We are going to be involved in it. 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. Its intensity can increase to such a degree that we actually scream with terror and pain. We just feel deeply. 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. Among the Greeks, it was taught that the body was evil, and that the best thing was to get out of it, to get away from it, to escape into whatever glory awaited the human spirit, for the body was a prison, holding us in. Though for a while something may seem to grow, eventually it dies. The word, literally, means "into us." Something the books on aesthetics take little notice of. COMMENTARY ON ROMANS 8:28-39. The glory that is coming is incomparable in intensity. Their sufferings may seem great; but they should remember that they are nothing in comparison with future glory. Now, tongues are words, words of other languages. Romans 8:18(NASB) Verse Thoughts The world in which we live is a fallen world – a place of sufferings and trials and a time of heartaches and problems, a life of difficulties and sickness, a season of disappointments and death. Every time we groan, it is a reminder to us of the promise of glory. 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." Paul is saying that creation not only is waiting for something, but that it is doing so because it is linked with man. "I judge after calculation made" (Godet). 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. Verse 18 concludes the argument of the previous thesis … Paul dictated his letter to Tertius (Romans 16:22). In the paragraph that follows, the apostle shows us two proofs that confirm this hope of glory. In the early part of Acts, it is recorded that the early Christians actually did this. They are nothing in duration. (Romans 8:18-22) The passage begins with a general statement about the comparative significance of suffering and glory. 1. Pastors are often called upon to deliver "bad news" to families. Ironically enough, though it was all done in the name of profit, nobody made a dime on the whole operation. The joys, the unexpected blessings, and the unusual things that happen to you are also the result of the Spirit's praying. 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. December 6, 2017. They rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer for the sake of the Lord. 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. That is a literal rendering of what Paul says here, and it means that glory has a great deal of freedom about it. Even human life dies, and so does all that is with it. But we are not only given the privilege of suffering with him now, but also of sharing in his glory that is yet to come. "You have not because you ask not," (James 4:2b NIV). Romans 8:12-17 Sonship Through The Spirit. The word in the original language which is translated "eager expectation" is an interesting word. But the apostle immediately adds that this is a groaning which is in hope. No wonder the apostle then closes this passage with one of the greatest paeans of praise in the Scriptures. We knew something was wrong, but we didn't know how to analyze it, or how to explain it, or how to ask God to do something about it. That is the theme that Paul brings to a focus in Verses 18-28 of Romans 8. But it won't -- or not yet, at least. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. (2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV). 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). Think of the beauty of nature -- and yet every area is spoiled by thorns and thistles, and various things that mark this decay. (Romans 8:18 NIV). I am groaning all the time. not of equal importance, not of corresponding weight; καὶ πάνυ δοκοῦσιν ἡμῶν ἐνίοις μετρίοις εἶναι. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last. For the earnest expectation of the creature, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Our afflictions are working for us. In the area where I was, there was once a great forest -- the world's greatest forest of sequoia trees, those great redwoods. There are many times when we do know what to pray for. It is not going to be revealed to us, but in us. This verse links together two things that we probably would not put together: sufferings and glory -- hurts and hallelujahs. All through this paragraph there is a constant contrast between the groan and the glory; yet there is a link between the two. It is designed to place students in circumstances where they must do those things which seem completely beyond th… 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. We can endure the suffering, and even triumph in it, because we see the glory that is to follow. In some ways, I think that is the most remarkable statement in this remarkable paragraph. I groaned this morning when I got up. Compare Romans 3:28; 2 Corinthians 11:5; Philippians 3:13. For these are light compared with that "eternal weight of glory" which they shall "work out." All that God intended in nature will come into visible manifestation in that day. Clarke's Romans 8:18 Bible Commentary For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. 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. He sends into the life of those for whom we are concerned the experiences that they need, no matter what they may be. 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. We groan because we see gifted people who are wasting their lives, and we would love to see something else happening. But here the apostle says, "Don't even mention them! We were without wisdom. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time. If you are a true and genuine believer in Jesus Christ, you will suffer. This passage helps us in our understanding of prayer. By Dr. Leighton Flowers. 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. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. For I reckon that the sufferings, etc. 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. This rumor speaks of a day that is coming when all the hurt and heartache and injustice and weakness and suffering of our present experience will be explained and justified and will result in a time of incredible blessing upon the earth. It implies reasoning. Some of us have to live with these frustrated plants in our homes. Here is a man who suffered intensely. (Romans 8:28 NIV). We are being prepared for something -- we can't really tell what it is, specifically, but we are getting ready for something. 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. We lack wisdom. Romans 8:1-8. We do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. They are nothing in degree. For the creation waits in … But hope that is seen is no hope at all. I am not trying to make light of them or diminish the terrible physical and emotional pain that suffering can bring. Nature will be delivered into "the freedom and the glory of the children of God." But it can't. So did you, probably. (Romans 8:22 NIV). We ask in Jesus' name, Amen. Paul established churches in many cities. It is incomparable glory. In part we are thinking of her because she has just left us to attend college some distance away. It's just like holding up a mirror before me. See on 1 Peter 5:12. Sin has been, and is, the guilty cause of all the suffering that exists in the creation of God. This is how man despoils creation wherever he goes. This is all a part of the bondage to decay that we see all around us. But this passage has nothing to do with that. 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. You may get home to find your house is on fire. 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. However, the church in Rome was not the result of the work of any one particular person. Romans 8:9-17. This is the incredible glory that God has prepared for those who love him, that he has given to us -- not because we have been faithful, not because we earn it, but because we are heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ. 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. (2 Corinthians 4:17 RSV). All rights reserved. Nature is groaning, we are groaning, and now the Spirit is groaning with words which cannot be uttered. It was man's sin that made the animals hate and fear each other and brought predators and carnivores into being. References: Romans 8:18-28. 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. 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 the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. December 7, 2017. That is why I think that boredom is the most non-Christian attitude that we can have. More Episodes. 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