Last week we began Part I of our III part series into (Romans 8). We explored (Verses 1-17) and looked at how we no longer are in condemnation for we no longer operate by the flesh but by the spirit. Todays Part II will delve into (Romans 8:18-30)
- Do you have your bible ready?
- Do you have a pen and paper for making notes?
- Is your heart and mind receptive to what we are about to study
Okay good , let us begin part II of our study exploring (Romans 8: 18-30)
Romans 8: 18
In this verse we are told of the things we are to wait and expect, that the suffering that we may be witnessing is nothing compared to the glory we shall receive. For when Adam fell that glory that covered him in Eden left, and he felt naked and hid (Genesis 3: 10). Now as Sons of God that glory that covered Adam will become ever present and tangible.
Romans 8: 19-20
When man fell in Eden so did everything else on this planet.
“Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal” (Genesis 3:14)
Not only was the snake punished but all creatures of this Earth also faced the ramifications of Adam’s fall. Before Adam’s fall our responsibility for this Earth was to ‘work it and watch over it’ (Genesis 2:15) but not to toil or painfully labour over it. There was no rain, water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land (Genesis 2:6), but with his fall the Earth became more difficult to care and instead of producing good fruits the ground gave us ‘thorns and thistles’ (Genesis 3:17) because it too was cursed and no longer under our dominion.
Therefore, when we read in Romans 8: 19-20, we know that the Earth is waiting for us to be reunited with God, for when we are reunited, Earth and all its creatures are no longer under the curse of (Genesis 3), they too will be ‘set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children’ (Romans 8:21)
Sometimes when we are in so much pain or joy words fail us and all we can do is groan. I remember when I got food poisoning all I could do was groan, it was so difficult to speak because I was in so much pain but even within our groanings God hears us.
When Lazarus had died, Jesus ‘ groaned in the spirit and was troubled’ (John 11:33 KJV), and again he groaned in Himself when heading to the tomb (verse 38). We read a few passages later in the same chapter where Jesus makes a prayer to God thanking him for having ‘heard me’ (verse 41), but nowhere in (John 11) do we read Christ making a prayer to God concerning Lazarus’ death–> OR DO WE! In those groanings was Christ praying to God, the pain that he felt concerning Lazarus’ death was so excruciating that words failed and this is when the Holy Spirit joined him in prayer to help where his mortal body physically could not and interceded on his behalf with ‘unspoken groanings’ (Romans 8: 26).
In the same manner, since Adam’s fall, all creation has been crying- groaning- waiting for men to be adopted into the family of God. Those who received Christ have also been groaning for Christs’ redemption on all men. In the same manner, a mother groans in anticipation for the birth of her offspring when in labour so does the Spirit in anticipation for the children with whom are yet to be born-again and adopted as Sons of God. Those who operate with a Spirit mind-set, yearn for the things the Spirit yearns for, finds joy with the things the Spirit of God find joy in and cries for the things the Spirit cries for, so we too groan with the Spirit in anticipation for mans’ salvation.
Also in our day-to-day walk with Christ, when words fail us, the Spirit joins to help us in our weakness for we often don’t know how to pray or what to say but he does. So when you find yourself kneeling down without a clue of what you are supposed to say, ask the Holy Spirit to take charge and you will find yourself praying for things that you never even knew about. For the Lord knows the things you keep hidden inside and knows the things you don’t want to say out loud even when it is just you who is listening.
Romans 8: 28
When you operate with the mindset of Christ and love him dearly, you know that whatever may come your way, God will find a way for it to work for your good.
Joseph had been beaten and sold off to be a slave in a foreign land, falsely accused, imprisoned and forgotten yet somehow by the Lord’s grace he came to hold great importance within that foreign nation. The plans which his enemies had for him, ‘God intended it for good to accomplish what [was] being done, the saving of many lives’ (Genesis 50:20). This is the reassurance that we have as children of God that all plans he has for us are for our good, he is not asking us to re-live the past but is helping us to leave the past behind, even the things we were once scared to talk about.
Romans 8: 29-30
God ‘predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself’ (Ephesians 1:5), to be his beloved children and not slaves of sin. As children of God, we have been justified to inherit all he has, for when we were not His we had no legal rights to inherit anything. Therefore, he has honoured us by giving us his family name and making us his offsprings.
To end this post I want us not to be afraid to open up to the Lord, it may feel awkward and sometimes you don’t want to say anything out loud, but know that God is not there to harm you his plans for you are for good.
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