(Transcribed from actual tape) May 13, 1984 AM
TOO DEEP FOR WORDS
I hope you already have your Bibles open to Romans, Chapter Number Eight.
Let's bow our heads together.
"Father, we thank You for the joy and privilege of worship. When we -op,en Th@, Book
today, speak clearly to us right at that point of need. You speak, Oh Lord.
Let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy message alone might not only
be heard but may it be received and understood and incorporated into our life-
styles. For we make this prayer in the strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen."
Human nature is not interested in groaning. We're not interested in hurts.
We're much more interested in hallelujahs. If someone would stand up and say,
"The world is getting better and better. Man is getting smarter and smarter.
We are moving. We are evolving into something wonderful in the civilization
of this world." We like to hear that kind of talk. But to talk about groan-
ing...to talk about pain ... to talk about suffering ... to talk about doubts and
fears and question marks - why, that's another picture entireiy.
We haie looked a-t this sp-r-t-iGn in Ronans 8. and we have seen how so much of
the created order is groaning. Romans 8, Verse 19 through 22 tells us that
creation is indeed groaning, that since the fall of man, since Adam's sin in
the Garden, all of the world is under a curse. And we see the deterioration
of this world. And the picture here is of the universe cracking and moving
and groaning and trying to reach out within itself to purify itself, to cleanse
itself, but the bottom line is: all of the created natural order is groaning.
And then Verse 23 through 25, we 5ee titat Chr'st-ans are growing ... groa,-.in-,.
Even those who are ...
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