The Plainness of Romans 8:16-25

As children of God, we are to receive in inheritance.  Romans 8:16-25 makes is quite plain what type of inheritance this will be.  First off, if you are not a child of God, if you do not suffer with Christ, this passage doesn’t seem to apply to you.  Romans 8:16 states that the Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are the children of God.  If you have not received the Holy Spirit through adoption, then you are not a child of God.  We are born, not innocent, but guilty.  We don’t seek after God, God seeks after us.  After the Holy Spirit breaks through to us, we are adopted by God as His own.  That’s how we are able to refer to God as our Father, Romans 8:15.  Also, unless you are yielded to the cross, so that you suffer with Christ, there is no promise of Christ’s future glory for you, Romans 8:17.  The verse states that we are heirs with Christ IF we suffer with Him.

 

This inheritance will be glorious.  But does this equate to purely heavenly?  The verses which follow the description of “the glory which shall be revealed in us” point us to the redemption of creation itself.  Creation is in earnest expectation waiting for the revealing of the children of God.  Can you imagine the earth, and everything in it thinking to itself, “I can’t wait until the children of God are revealed so I can be done groaning”?  That’s what the passage is saying.

 

When this transformation of creation occurs, it will go from a state of corruption to a state of glorious liberty, or freedom.  That freedom which creation will experience is the very freedom which is characteristic of the children of God.  The children of God also are in anticipation of this transformation.  The children of God await the redemption of their bodies.  This is all in hope.  We can’t see the future.  We can’t see the future transformation of creation.  We can’t see the future transformation of our bodies.  Yet we know both of these things will happen.  And we know that both of these will occur in conjunction with each other.

 

All of creation is currently experiencing labor pains.  These pains were not chosen by creation.  Creation was subjected to this cursed state by God, but in hope as well.  God has ordained that creation would endure this period of pain for a time until the children of God take claim their inheritance.  Once the children of God receive their inheritance, then there will be true freedom for creation.

 

I don’t see God forgetting about planet earth.  I see God redeeming and transforming creation.  God didn’t send Jesus to destroy the earth, but to save it.  By saving the children of God, He will save creation as well.  Read the passage and see if you can come to any other conclusion.

 

16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

 

-The Orange Mailman

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