Romans 8:22-27 (Part Six)

Yesterday, Paul (in verse 17) introduced the idea that, as good as life in the Spirit is, we will still experience¬†suffering. Just like Jesus suffered before experiencing God’s glory, so will we. Yet Paul encouraged us by painting a picture of our future glory that is so… well, glorious… that our present sufferings aren’t worth comparing. God is preparing something big: a complete restoration of the whole of creation, in which we are the centrepiece. All of creation is waiting for us to take our place (again) as God’s image-bearers, when our glory is revealed.¬†That’s how mind-blowingly big our future glory will be. So keep focused on that, says Paul, as you endure the sufferings of our in-between existence. It’s a bit like a woman in labour…

The pains of childbirth

Romans 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

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