"But also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body."
Trials are to be expected. Suffering is part of this life. We are to keep our faith and even strengthen our trust in Him during times of trials for God will create a greater good out of it.
Great to know that everything will work out for us in the end! [i]
- opinion, judgment, view
- opinion, estimate, whether good or bad concerning someone
- in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory
- splendour, brightness
- of the moon, sun, stars
- magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace
- a thing belonging to God
- the kingly majesty which belongs to him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity
- a thing belonging to Christ 3c
- the kingly majesty of the Messiah 3c
- the absolutely perfect inward or personal excellency of Christ; the majesty
- of the angels 3c
- as apparent in their exterior brightness
- a most glorious condition, most exalted state
- of that condition with God the Father in heaven to which Christ was raised after he had achieved his work on earth
- the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviour's return from heaven
Our Suffering in a Global Context
1. The Whole Creation Groans
2. The Whole of History Is Included from the Fall to the Coming of Christ
3. The Subjection to Futility Is Judicial, not just Natural
The Meaning of Misery: Sin Is Horrific
- First, he shows that the futility and corruption and groaning of the world is a judicial decree of God, not just a fluke or a law of nature. God subjected the creation to futility.
- Second, he shows that this subjection includes all history from the fall to the coming of Christ. There is no period of history that escaped or will escape from this decree of futility. But it is temporary. It had a beginning (verse 20), and it will have an end (verse 21 – "the creation will be set free from his slavery to corruption").
- Third, he shows us that all creation, not just part of it, is involved in the futility. Verse 22: "The whole creation groans."
Don't Overly Personalize Your Suffering
Does "Suffering" Refer to All Pain, or just Persecution?
1. God Promises that after This Time of Suffering We Will See an All-satisfying Beauty and Greatness
2. God Promises that the Children of God Will Be Revealed with Glory of Their Own
3. God Promises that His Ultimate Design in the Decree of Futility Is Hope for His Children
4. God Promises that All Creation, not Just the Children of God, Will Be Freed from the Present Misery of Futility and Corruption and Groaning
5. God Promises that the Miseries of the Universe Are not the Throes of Death but the Labor Pains of Childbirth
6. God Promises that Our Bodies Will Be Redeemed from All Groaning
Six Affirmations Toward a Theology of Suffering
Our Hope: The Redemption of Our Bodies 8:23
Are we suffering for Jesus Christ?So many people ask “Why do Christian’s suffer?”
I am afraid I have to ask instead, “Why are Christians NOT suffering for the Lord Jesus Christ these days?”