GROANING TO GLORY
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present
time are not worthy to be compared with t he glory
which shall be revealed in us.
I have been picking up some of the highlights in
the book of Romans. Dr. Lindsay had begun in the book
of Romans and I've tried to just carry that on through
in an act of appreciation to him and an expression of
my love and gratitude to him. Also to give you some
continuity as we move through our study of God's word.
When you come to the 8th chapter of Romans it is
very difficult to just preach one message there. It's
one of the greatest chapters in all of the Bible. It
is the great victory chapter in the Bible. After
Romans 6 and 7 where we encounter the struggle of how
to live it now that we have become a Christian, Romans
8 is absolutely essential. It is a chapter of great
victory. It begins with "no condemnation;" it
climaxes with "no separation." So there is victory
and joy, the spirit-filled life and how to live it as
a child of God.
When you get to these verses and you begin to
listen to them closely you hear something you didn't
expect to hear. Right in the middle section you hear
some groaning. Look at the 22nd verse. "For we know
that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together." Verse 23 says, "even we ourselves
groan within ourselves." Verse 26 says, "likewise
the spirit himself helps our infirmities, for the
spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which
cannot be uttered."
That's not exactly what you would expect to hear
in a chapter that talks about victory. The 18th verse
is now what I would expect to find either. He says,
"for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared with the glory which
shall be revealed in us."
When you think about that, it's a rather
startling statement. It's an unusual statement in the ...
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