So far, Romans 8 has been the “good news” chapter. It’s told us how God solved the problem of our sinful nature making it impossible to meet his standards: those standards have been met by Christ on our behalf, and we’ve been given the indwelling Spirit who conforms our desires to God’s – as we seek to live by the Spirit, not by the flesh. So far so good. But then Paul sent us for a spin in the final verse we read yesterday:
Romans 8:17 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.