romans 8:23 sermon

Conclusion;1. So far from being exempt from them, Paul knew more of them than any, but the blessing of the firstfruits of the Spirit; is the possession of a clearer, stronger hope than others. All things in God's universe are linked together. And in the Book of Revelation we hear the chorus of redeemed creation: "Every creature which is in heaven and in earth, and under the earth, heard I saying, Blessing... be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever." Paul, in the context, affirms that the pain and death of the creature form one loud prophetic wail for redemption, i.e., the whole creation joins the Christian cry for a world in which suffering and evil shall have vanished.III. We certainly will be glorified as God has promised, but in the meantime we struggle with sin as well as with sickness and death. Other things may bring the sigh, the tear, but this brings the groan, "When shall I be holy? There is something in the prospect which dwarfs our selfish earthly plans, and ennobles all that is linked on to God and his kingdom. I have such a happy house, I do not like to be out of it." We have much to enjoy, but we have also much to endure; and who among you is not ready to say, "we ourselves groan within ourselves," and long for wings, "that we might flee away and be at rest"? It is in sweetest harmony with the soul; it is not a whit less spiritual and heavenly than that which once it thwarted. See its misery. I have such a happy house, I do not like to be out of it." But is not that always a longing, a prayer? Has the Spirit destroyed the love of sin, induced a desire for purity — inspired faith, hope, love? - S.R.A. And now mark the prophetic cries which lie hid in that hope. For the reason that we are saved, we groan for something beyond. And thus it is that we who have the "firstfruits" must cry for the redemption of the body, because we know that until then we can never reach the love, power, and blessedness, which belong to us as sons of God.II. Paul makes the point – we are not living something we can see now, something we hope for the promises of God. Parsons.I. The discrepancy that seems to exist between the endowment and the service to which it is here devoted. When will the contest cease?" 24). First, We remember the hope found in Christ. Hear another. "We ourselves groan within ourselves" till we see them again. The Spirit reveals to us our adoption —(1) By revealing the love of God. "We wait for the adoption," etc. Now, his fellow workman also groaned. But this passage gives us the prescription to thrive while waiting on God in a futile, painful, and corrupt world. A Christian's experience is like the rainbow, made up of drops of the griefs of earth, and beams of the bliss of heaven.1. We as Christians wait for this. Who has not cause to exclaim with Paul, "I delight in the law of God, after the inward man; but I see another law in my members," etc. Conclusion: Here is a test for us all. But if we will recur to the old and simple scriptural phraseology of the hearth and home — if we will bear witness to men of a Father who has sent the elder Brother of the household to bring them into it, to endow them with the highest rights of children, we shall find that it can bring forth as clear a response from the men of the nineteenth century as from the men of the first.II. Wait on; He hears the groans of the waiting.(J. but also what he teaches us about waiting for the coming glory of God. Our glory is not yet revealed, and that is another subject for sighing. The first fruits (thn aparchn).Old and common metaphor. As belonging not merely to individuals, but to the Church as a body.(T. Now, his fellow workman also groaned. Now this is the cause of our groaning. They desire it and long for it as a bride does for the coming of her beloved. … I challenge us to face suffering not with fear and anger. But in doing so he affirms two mighty propositions —1. )The redemption of the bodyJ. St. Paul said, "We which have the firstfruits of the Spirit groan within ourselves." By this the earthliness of the affections is refined, and the whole soul is changed into the image of God. But Paul was no solitary saint, and the men to whom he wrote were surrounded by earthly temptations of the fiercest kind. The complaint we are likely to make of it is that it is too magnificent; that it transports us into an atmosphere which scarcely any one but a saint or apostle can be expected to breathe. Robinson, D.D. He catches a glimpse of Christ, it is a "firstfruit" of an eternal presence. Lastly, from the condition of a believer in regard of grace, which is here very weak and imperfect. Of patience. Let us illustrate this by looking at three great "firstfruits of the Spirit," experimentally. Even time and the discipline of pain are beforehand in this, turning the very defects of Christians into graces. A better description would be the cancer patient, who is waiting for chemo be over and the cancer be gone. And that is in ourselves. Now this is the cause of our groaning. 2. (3) They were always holy to the Lord. Not simply that no sufferings are worthy to be compared with final rewards. This world is a vale of tears, wherein the best that are are subject to fighting and groaning. Go into yonder house: there is a deep, hollow, awful groan. Robinson, D.D.1. "We have the firstfruits of the Spirit." 3. Isaiah predicted that in Israel's millennium "the mountains and hills shall break forth into singing." Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Romans 8:2 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE ANSWER, THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE" Intro. Even up in heaven they have not their full reward. By this the earthliness of the affections is refined, and the whole soul is changed into the image of God. "FOR THE CREATURE WAS MADE SUBJECT TO VANITY, NOT WILLINGLY, BUT BY REASON OF HIM WHO SUBJECTED THE SAME." Our state of mind is one which involves —(1) Pungent sorrow on account of present imperfection. But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 2) Remember our hope is in the future - we cannot see it now. Righteous Lot vexed his soul with the filthy conversation of the wicked. Parsons. These are the signs that Death has rights over the body, and that he will assert his rights. 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. We groan within ourselves; that is within our own compass and in our own capacity. THE QUESTION HOW THIS CONDITION OF SONSHIP IS CONSISTENT WITH SORROW COULD BE ANSWERED BY THOSE WHO BELIEVED THE SON OF GOD TO BE THE MAN OF SORROWS. The harvest is not come. After this consummation the believing heart is groaning. Less than this such language (vers. By this the earthliness of the affections is refined, and the whole soul is changed into the image of God. THEIR PRESENT LESSONS.1. The second is the adoption of vocation, whereby we being effectually called by the preaching of the gospel, and justified by faith, are by the spirit of adoption incorporated into Jesus Christ and confirmed in the inheritance of sons. Because we struggle with remembering this world, Because we believe this world is everything. We are learning the language of Creation, interpreting her smiles and tears. L. Hull, B.A. D. Maurice M.A.That this passage is a magnificent one few would deny. First, for the object propounded, and that is adoption. Are you called to love? We are all in this respect in one mass, "we also groan," etc. 20, 21) cannot mean — that all the sufferings to which the earth and those that inhabit it are liable, are permitted and designed for the education of those who bear the nature which the Son of God bore; and that no suffering which contributes to this end is, in the judgment of the All-good and the All-wise, excessive or wasted, not even the sufferings and death of the Innocent, the Holy One. If there is to be a restitution of all things, such as God, who cannot lie, promised by His holy prophets since the world began, I cannot understand how that element should be wanting to it. The sufferings of the present time are those of the whole creation, of which man is the head, to be excluded from which would be to be excluded from human sympathy, from fellowship with the great Sufferer. And so his teaching assumed a profoundly practical character. The crossing of which unto them is an occasion of greater grief in them. But because that so soon fades, who does not long for the sabbath of eternity? According to this text we are to wait >>>>>>>>>>>>>> with patience. He plucks from the tree of truth a holy feeling, it is the "firstfruit" of the rich abundance of a matured saintliness. Waiting implies being ready. SERMON Present Suffering; Future Glory Bradley Davis. The emotion in reference to this fact, "we wait for it." From that date the redemption of the body begins. )Insufficiencies accessories of beautyHeaven does not take perfect beings and make them more perfect. We are like warriors fighting for the victory; we share not as yet in the shout of them that triumph. First, for the adoption of election, whereby God, before ever the foundations of the world were laid, did appoint us, and set us out to be in the number of His sons and daughters. My wife and I have been thinking a great deal this week about our daughter Amy. THE STATE OF MIND IN WHICH THEY ARE CONFESSED TO EXIST. They wait, that is, they stay (2 Corinthians 4:8). The ground hereof is first of all this in the text, because they have received the firstfruits of the Spirit, which though they do not altogether satisfy them, yet they do at least very much qualify them, and occasion this patience to them. These are the signs that Death has rights over the body, and that he will assert his rights. In this chapter we have a remarkable distinction of character. Let me show you again the difference between a groan and a groan. Are you called to love? 14-16; Galatians 4:4-6:1 John 4:1, 2). "We wait for the adoption," etc. The more delights that any man has in any condition, the more crosses is he likewise subject unto from that condition when these delights shall be suspended. and man and brute, hills and valleys, earth and ocean, times and seasons, are passing onwards to a glorious deliverance. We must live them all.(E. We can now see how these aspirations rise, as Paul says, into a prayer for the redemption of the body. Some little degree of physical refinement may grow out of the spiritual change; but in the main the body is the same. Nay, they should but excite an insatiable thirst after more.2. As soon as a man believes in Christ, his soul is translated from death unto life, and the body indeed becomes a temple for the Holy Ghost; but the grace of God makes no change in the body in other respects. But there is a guiltless part of creation which endures misery. "Ye have need of patience, that after ye have suffered the will of God."2. A Christian's experience is like the rainbow, made up of drops of the griefs of earth, and beams of the bliss of heaven.1. The children of God they therefore grieve by themselves because indeed they joy by themselves. A MAN UNTAUGHT MIGHT SAY, "SURELY THOSE WHO GATHER FIRSTFRUITS AT LEAST WILL HAVE AN IMMUNITY FROM SORROW?" The greatest piety cannot preserve a man from growing old, nor deliver his body from corruption, weakness, and dishonour. Oh, when shall these pangs cease! The body is enslaved to disease and pain. In the light of Christ's passion all suffering became transfigured. As including manifestation and public acknowledgment.4. As consisting in absolute deliverance from bondage. (4) By anticipating with joy the time of your departure from the world.(J. First, it is an expression of their patience. Go into yonder house: there is a deep, hollow, awful groan. Cannot you imagine a child taken from the lowest ranks of society and adopted by a Roman senator, saying to himself, "I wish the day were come when I shall be publicly revealed, and be robed as becomes my rank." Who hopes ... Read verse in New International Version The culture of eternity must complement the trial and wear of this lifetime to bring out every charm that here lay in disguise.LinksRomans 8:23 NIVRomans 8:23 NLTRomans 8:23 ESVRomans 8:23 NASBRomans 8:23 KJVRomans 8:23 Bible AppsRomans 8:23 ParallelRomans 8:23 Biblia ParalelaRomans 8:23 Chinese BibleRomans 8:23 French BibleRomans 8:23 German BibleRomans 8:23 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)The resurrection, when the body itself shall be emancipated (Philippians 3:21).The subject teaches a lesson —1. 20, 21) cannot mean — that all the sufferings to which the earth and those that inhabit it are liable, are permitted and designed for the education of those who bear the nature which the Son of God bore; and that no suffering which contributes to this end is, in the judgment of the All-good and the All-wise, excessive or wasted, not even the sufferings and death of the Innocent, the Holy One. Romans 8:23 New International Version (NIV) 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. Sproul on the dangers of Impatience in. Peculiar employments breed peculiar distractions and cumbrances which are attendant upon them, because they have still some miscarriage which these are liable unto, and miscarriage is a cause of grief. "Seek not your rest here."(P. They have received the firstfruits of the Spirit, and these beginnings do so much the more increase these desires in them. Adoption in Scripture-language is of a various consideration, and is taken three manner of ways. In a attempt to simplify salvation… We've reduced the gospel of Jesus Christ to an insurance policy that protects us from God's holy anger. It is in sweetest harmony with the soul; it is not a whit less spiritual and heavenly than that which once it thwarted. As soon as a man believes in Christ, his soul is translated from death unto life, and the body indeed becomes a temple for the Holy Ghost; but the grace of God makes no change in the body in other respects. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, who does not lift up his soul to what is false. The heir of God has to remember that much of his good is future, and he must sketch out to himself those prospects where faith will be lost in sight, and hope in endless praise. THE CHRISTIAN IS A MAN GATHERING "FIRSTFRUITS." (2) Earnest desire as to the future. They wait because they groan, as it is said before of the creature in vers. We can now see how these aspirations rise, as Paul says, into a prayer for the redemption of the body. (1) For the simple passion: we groan. A MAN UNTAUGHT MIGHT SAY, "SURELY THOSE WHO GATHER FIRSTFRUITS AT LEAST WILL HAVE AN IMMUNITY FROM SORROW?" The apostle says that we are to "be washed by the renewing of the Holy Ghost," etc. And I'm not saying that in the right way and in the right time there is not a place for that. We witness the groanings of poverty, the wasting of disease, the scorn of contumely, the oppressions of power, etc. Yet that hope is not a hope for himself, but for his kind.IV. But the man that yearns after more holiness, that is the man who is blessed indeed. For the reason that we are saved, we groan for something beyond. As soon as a man believes in Christ, his soul is translated from death unto life, and the body indeed becomes a temple for the Holy Ghost; but the grace of God makes no change in the body in other respects. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. It prompts the same desires, it leads on to the same sins. )The inward groaning of the saintsC. Recognize how these truths were talking about stack upon each other. Eugene Edwards ----- Romans 8:23-30 (KJV) King James Version 23 And not only they, but ourselves … The soul is so married to the body that when it is itself delivered, it sighs to think that its poor friend should still be under the yoke. "We ourselves groan within ourselves" till we see them again. I. Sometimes it inflames us, sometimes it drags us. And the beasts have suffered through the degradation of man. And there, again, "the firstfruits of the Spirit" are a longing for a perfected adoption. Look at its sinfulness. And then, and not till then, its redemption is complete. For, first of all, as a Christian has peculiar grief, so he has peculiar joy and comfort which attends it. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 8:22-27 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: This passage was surely chosen for Pentecost because of its strong emphasis on the Holy Spirit. The time when this shall be is not revealed. Thirdly, as they are the temples of the Holy Ghost, who still abides and dwells in them as His own, and accordingly will raise them (Romans 8:11). Among the Romans a man might adopt a child privately; but there was a second adoption, when the child was brought before the authorities, and its ordinary garments were taken off, and the father put on garments suitable to the condition of life in which it was to live. They have adoption into the family of God (ver. We are "waiting," by which I understand that we are not to be petulant, like Jonah or Elijah, when they said, "Let me die," nor are we to sit still and look for the end of the day because we are tired of work. It is God's order. Thus does many a godly parent groan for the miscarriages of his children. 1. How are we to judge between them? Look, as any men's desires are, the more oftentimes are their griefs, because desire and hope disappointed it makes the heart sad. Did you hear that groan? "(2)Death, when the soul is emancipated from all pollution. I look on the world around me; it came from the hand of God; it abounds with beautiful views; but still it affords cause for mourning. So the Christian has a good Father, a blessed home, and groans to get to it, and there is more joy in the groan of a Christian than in all the mirth of the ungodly.III. As to our spirits, we have liberty to soar to the heavenly places with Jesus Christ; but as for our bodies, we can only roam about this narrow cell of earth. "We wait for the adoption," etc. But is not that always a longing, a prayer? What is Paul telling us about the future hope in God? What the saint has attained will help us to understand why it is that he groans. And that effort will be your "groaning." THE CHRISTIAN IS A MAN GATHERING "FIRSTFRUITS." We stand like men on the summit of a lofty mountain, taking a transient view of the intermediate landscape and looking to the distant horizon for our intended dwelling. then love; are you called to vigilance? There is probably a very close analogy between the redemption of the soul and that of the body. Vaughan, M.A. H. And thus it is that we who have the "firstfruits" must cry for the redemption of the body, because we know that until then we can never reach the love, power, and blessedness, which belong to us as sons of God. WHAT OUR STATE OF MIND IS. The promise that one day … God will take away the suffering of this world. Some little degree of physical refinement may grow out of the spiritual change; but in the main the body is the same. We as Christians wait for this. Secondly, as members of Christ, who is the Head and redeemed before them; "Christ is risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20). By this the earthliness of the affections is refined, and the whole soul is changed into the image of God. Those who are indeed God's children, they do not only groan, but wait; not only mourn under present misery, but also pant after future glory, etc. VI. Civil adoption was private and public. The sons of God possess already an earnest of their coming inheritance. The culture of eternity must complement the trial and wear of this lifetime to bring out every charm that here lay in disguise.LinksRomans 8:23 NIVRomans 8:23 NLTRomans 8:23 ESVRomans 8:23 NASBRomans 8:23 KJVRomans 8:23 Bible AppsRomans 8:23 ParallelRomans 8:23 Biblia ParalelaRomans 8:23 Chinese BibleRomans 8:23 French BibleRomans 8:23 German BibleRomans 8:23 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Death, when the soul is emancipated from all pollution. And we along with it. The body is enslaved to disease and pain. This serves to confute that opinion which prevails with some kind of people, as if a justified person were exempted from all grief for sin. HIS TEACHING, taken fully and literally, INVOLVES A RENEWAL OF THE WHOLE ANIMAL CREATION. This is called the adoption, because it will be, not the initiation into the family, but the public inauguration of the heir, on reaching his majority, into the inheritance. If this tendency to amelioration is even now patent, WHAT SHALL BE THE EFFECT OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF GOD'S PURPOSES! The second is in the additional illustration. But is not that always a longing, a prayer? IV. The revelation of the Son of God in the glory of His Father would reveal them in the glory for which they had been created.III. Apr 14, 2002. 2. Of all our misery this is the painful element, the inability of the body to carry out the higher aspirations of the soul. We are to groan after perfection, but we are to wait patiently for it, knowing that what the Lord appoints is best. )The yearning of the good for deliveranceThomas Horton, D.D.1. We stand like men on the summit of a lofty mountain, taking a transient view of the intermediate landscape and looking to the distant horizon for our intended dwelling. From that date the redemption of the body begins. "We have," not "we hope sometimes we have," nor yet "possibly we may have," nor we shall have, but "we have." "Now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him"; that is, God will dress us all as He dresses His eldest Son. Nor is this little, for the body has a depressing effect upon the soul, and its appetites have a natural affinity to that which is sinful. The crossing of which unto them is an occasion of greater grief in them. The revelation of the Son of God in the glory of His Father would reveal them in the glory for which they had been created.III. b) Why is it important to remember that we cannot presently see glory, but hope for glory? THE REDEMPTION OF THE BODY which St. Paul waited for, MUST INCLUDE THE REMOVAL OF WHATEVER HINDERS THE SENSES FROM RECEIVING CLEAR AND SATISFACTORY IMPRESSIONS OF THE WORLD with which they are intended to converse. The groanings of God's children they are not slight, or perfunctory, or superficial; but such as proceed from a deep sense and apprehension of their misery, and the condition in which they are. We are to stand at the door expecting the Beloved to open it and take us away to Himself.3. Wait on; He hears the groans of the waiting.(J. THE DESCRIPTION WHICH IS GIVEN OF CHRISTIANS BY THEIR PRESENT PRIVILEGES. In the light of Christ's passion all suffering became transfigured. So —III. Romans 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of … Waiting implies being ready. We are hoping (ver. Not so neither. As consisting in absolute deliverance from bondage.3. In Romans 8:28-39, Paul talks about the issue of sonship. The ground hereof is first of all this in the text, because they have received the firstfruits of the Spirit, which though they do not altogether satisfy them, yet they do at least very much qualify them, and occasion this patience to them. But only" till He comes." THEIR NATURE. When we suffer, especially when suffering catches us by surprise. Now every child of God is adopted privately at the time of conversion; but there is a day appointed for his public adoption when he will be declared as a son of God. 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