Main point summary
The suffering we experience in this life in the path of obedience to Christ, CANNOT even compare to what's coming! Yes we suffer now...yes creation is broken....yes we hurt and groan.. BUT..GLORY IS COMING!!! As sure as the sun rises in the east, GLORY IS JUST OVER THE HORIZON FOR GOD'S PEOPLE!!!! Jesus will come back for us and split the sky and raise us from the dead with glorious new life!!! Therefore...we can wait for His return EAGERLY, but with a calm patient certainty that He is coming to make all things new!!!
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.
Even though I just called us all to suffer with Christ, I KNOW that whatever suffering we could encounter on this earth CANNOT EVEN COME CLOSE to comparing to the unimaginable glory that is coming for us when Jesus returns!!!
For the creation waits with eager longing for o the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation is waiting with anticipation for Jesus to come back and judge the world and reveal who His chosen children are!
For the creation p was subjected to futility,
For the whole world was placed under a curse of futility...the world broke. Sickness, disease, birth defects, natural disasters, famine, earthquakes, predatory animals, poisonous plants, hail, forest fires...FUTILITY!!!
but the creation didn't do this to itself,
but q because of him who subjected it,
GOD placed it under this curse,
but it was not without HOPE!!! Even in the futility and decay and death that come with life in this broken world, God embedded HOPE! There is a thread of good news running through the chaos!!
that r the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption
This hope is that one day, when Jesus comes back, He will make all things new!!! He will come and set the creation free from this curse of brokeness
and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
and He will restore it to a glorious freedom to be GLORIOUS just like we children of God will be one day!!!
For we know
For we know, don't we...
that s the whole creation t has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth
that the whole creation...every rock, every plant, every tree, is groaning and straining to survive and thrive. The creation hurts and spasms and writhes in this state of slavery to brokeness
even TODAY in 2020.
And not only the creation,
AND GUESS WHAT!!! It's not just the creation that feels this, It's not just the pagan that feels this
but we ourselves, who have u the firstfruits of the Spirit, v groan inwardly
but EVEN GOD'S ELECT, who have been given the Holy Spirit, we groan and hurt and decay and get sick and experience brokenness and eventually we will die, and we groan and pray that God would save us from this brokenness
as w we wait eagerly for adoption as sons,
while we desperately wait for Jesus to come back and fully complete out adoption as sons of God,
x the redemption of our bodies.
this is when you will give us glorious NEW BODIES!!! That will be rid of sin and pain and decay and sickness and death; and will be able to experience GLORIOUS pleasures in You that we've never even been capable of experiencing before!!!
For y in this hope we were saved.
For in this hope of resurrection through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are saved!
Now z hope that is seen is not hope.
Now hope that is fully realized isn't hope anymore!
For who hopes for what he sees?
For who hopes for what he already has...We don't hope for the child we have in our laps! He's already here!
But if we hope for what we do not see,
BUT...if we hope for what we do not yet see... yet we know with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY that it's coming just over the horizon..
we a wait for it
we are enabled to wait for it
not with anxiety and frustration, but with peace and patience!!! IT WILL HAPPEN!!! PRAISE GOD!!!