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3 Sep 2017
Week 5 (16): Chapter 8: 17-25
In our fifth week of ruminating on Romans 8, Simon, Rachel and Sally work through Romans 8:17-25 – a passage about present suffering, present fellowship with Jesus, and future glory. The shining truth in this word is that there is a reciprocal sharing of the personal, local, global and cosmic dimensions of the suffering of all creation between Jesus and us, and while this offers strong consolation now, it is rendered incomparable with the future glory in Jesus for those who declare Him Lord and Saviour.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.