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Romans 8_18-28 Glory Glory Glory

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Glory Glory Glory

Romans 8:17-28

Secular:

  • Josh was just 2 when we found out Lisa was pregnant…
  • We were excited…
    • Lisa said this was it… one more
    • I said if this was it… it was twins…
  • I remember when we were told it was twins...
  • After the shock wore off… and Lisa stopped beating on me for praying for twins…
  • I was so excited…
  • We knew it was a girl and a boy…
  • I was excited about my second son… and really looking forward to my like princess…
  • When Luke and Bethany were born…
    • Luke was first… 5 ½ hours of labour
    • Head first… all went well.
  • Then Bethany…
    • She followed Luke by seven minutes…
    • But she was feet first and the umbilical cord was around her neck…
  •  We could hold Luke… he was given Lisa right after his birth… snuggled in against her…
  • Bethany was whisked away…
  • We had Luke to love… cuddle and hold…
  • But I ached for Bethany…
  • I sat beside her incubator… reached in the side and held her tiny hand…
  •  I ached for the minute we could take her out of there…. Ached to know it was going to be okay… ached for the day we would take her home…
  • I ached…

  • As believers we ache… and groan… as we wait for the fullness of our relationship with Christ…

  • We have something now… wonderful… beautiful… but we want it completely and fully…

Biblical:

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.

Rom 8:18   For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Rom 8:19   For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20   For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

Rom 8:21   that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Rom 8:22   For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Rom 8:23   And not only this, 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.

Rom 8:24   For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he {already} sees?

Rom 8:25   But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Rom 8:26   In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words;

Rom 8:27   and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to {the will of} God.

Rom 8:28   And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to {His} purpose.

Personal:

·          Have you ever been sooooo thirsty?

·          Hot, Sunny Day… no clouds… just heat

·          Just absolutely parched…

·          One track mind… must get water

·         Know exactly where it is

·         Know how cold

·         Just have to wait a little longer

·         Psalm 42… As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.

Bridge:

·          Like that water… we should desire God

·         Know exactly where He is

·         Know how refreshing and glorious His presence is…

·         Just have to wait a little longer

·          We hope for that which is promised

·         We groan for that which is promised

·         We are guaranteed that which is promised

·         Glory Gained

·         Glory Groanings

·         Glory Guaranteed

Body:

Glory Gained…

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.

Rom 8:18   For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

·          As Christ is glorified….

·          NAU Revelation 3:21 'He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

a.       We will overcome

b.      Reign with Christ in Glory

·         NAU John 17:22 "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;

a.       Christ says it is a done deal

·         The Children are heirs of promise…

    • Accept the sacrifice – Sin Dies
    • Accept the Resurrection – New Life
    • Accept the Glory – Glory in Christ

·         NAU Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;

·         Check your ID…

·         Belong to Christ

·         In Christ

·         NAU Hebrews 6:12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

·         THE REALITY

·         We should be imitators… declaring the glory of God

·         V. 17… if so be that we suffer

·          IF – Because or Inasmuch…

·         We suffer…

·         We are glorified…

·         Comparison… suffering versus glory…. (v.18)

·          Remember Abba…

·         Pain of surgery… vs outcome

·         Needle… vs prevention

·         BIG… Weigh it out… It is obvious!

·         Accept the sacrifice – Sin Dies

·         Accept the Resurrection – New Life

·         Accept the Glory – Glory in Christ

·         GLORY GAINED!

Glory Groanings

Rom 8:19   For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Rom 8:20   For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

Rom 8:21   that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Rom 8:22   For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.

Rom 8:23   And not only this, 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.

Rom 8:24   For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he {already} sees?

Rom 8:25   But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Rom 8:26   In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for {us} with groanings too deep for words;

Rom 8:27   and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to {the will of} God.

    • Glory Groanings NAU Acts 7:34 'I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt and have heard their groans*, and I have come down to rescue them; come now, and I will send you to Egypt.'
      • Painful, Intense, Longing, Aching… suffering
    • Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.
      • Painful, Intense, Longing, Aching… suffering
  • Creation Groans
    • NAU Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat from it'; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. 18 "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; 19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return."  
    • Creation groans under sin… mountains, rivers, animals, plants… strive to thrive… effect of sin… the curse…
    • And the Longing… NAU Isaiah 65:17 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.
    • Creation Longs… creation groans…
  • Believer Groans It is coming… revealed in NAU Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory*.
  • NAU Revelation 21:4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." 5 And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."
    • Old to Pass away…
    • All things new…
  • Indwelt by a perfect God… No / Not Yet
    • Desire for Christ
    • Desire for Future
      • Desire for Not Yet… groaning
    • Foretaste of Glory… First Fruits
    • Sure thing… NAU 2 Corinthians 1:21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
      • We know our promise… sealed in the Spirit
      • Like kids… are we there yet
      • How many days to my birthday…
    • NAU Hebrews 6:17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,.. the Believer groans
  • Holy Spirit Groans
    • His Children groan… Holy Spirit of God… intercedes…
      • Holy Spirit sees the potential…
        • An ‘A’ Student who bring home a C+
        • Star Player has an off game
        • Bright kid who does something stupid
        • Spouse… no living to potential
    • Crafts our prayers
    • Divine human co-op
    • NAU Philippians 1:19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,… works with believers
    • Holy Spirit Groanings… Divine Articulation
    • Beyond comprehension
    • NAU 1 Corinthians 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
    • Holy Spirit groans…
      • Crafting our prayer
      • Searches our hearts
      • Expresses our longing
      • Intercedes for the children
      • (not to the children)
      • But for us…
      • To the Father
    • Creation Groans…
    • Believers Groan
    • Holy Spirit Groans
    • Glory Groanings…

·         Glory Groanings

Glory Guaranteed

Rom 8:28   And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to {His} purpose.

·         God has a plan… and he is unchanging

·         Faithful… trustworthy…

·          In his plan and purpose he set us aside… called us his children…

·         Redeemed

·         Justified

·         Sanctified

·         And promises to glorify!

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.

·         His Plan

·         His purpose

·         His People

·         Predestined to Good Works

·         Predestined to Holiness

·         Predestined to Glory

 

Glory Gained…

Glory Groans

Glory Guaranteed

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