Groaning for Glory | Romans 8:18–28 | Pastor Rick Brown
Let's dive into "Groaning for Glory" with Rick in Romans 8:18–28. Don't miss this opportunity to listen in, friends. I know you'll be encouraged!
Let’s examine some of the richest truths about present suffering and future glory.
This teaching is from our series Anchored in God’s Word: A Study with Rick Brown from Godspeak Church in Thousand Oaks, California.
1. The Glory – Romans 8:18
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2. The Groaning – Romans 8:19-27
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation
eagerly waits 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 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans
and labors with birth pangs together until now.
23 Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit,
even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope;
for why does one still hope for what he sees?
25 But if we hope for what we do not see,
we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.
For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought,
but the Spirit Himself makes intercession
for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,
because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
3. The Goodness – Romans 8:28
28 And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.
2 Cor 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory
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