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GROANING TO GLORY (1 of 4)
"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
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 sta ...
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