THE GLORY TO BE REVEALED

                                 Rom 8:18-25

As we come to these verses in Romans 8, as usual they must be taken with the context in which they are given.

 

Looking at the chapters 6,7 and the previous verses in chapter 8, the apostle Paul explaining time after time the problem that the believer has with the flesh.

 

We are saved and we become a new creature.

 

Bill Owens, that is the Bill Owens that existed before I was saved, passed away and behold a new Bill Owens.

 

2 Cor 5:17

17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

That is, the inner man is new.

 

The Bill Owens that you cannot see.

 

However, the body is the same.

 

It has not changed.

I still live in the same body.

 

I no longer want to do the things I used to do.

 

But the body in which I reside has become somewhat accustomed to some things and cries as a baby for a bottle to be satisfied.

 

We are saved.

 

We have become a new creature in Christ.

 

But, now more than ever Satan launches his attacks at us.

and we find ourselves in a constant battle.

 

We cannot win these battles accept for the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us.

 

I Jn 4:4

4    Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

After explaining to the believer that he must die to self and allow the Holy Spirit to live in our body,

 

He now continues to show the advantages of living a Spirit filled life.

 

Rom 8:18

18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

Paul has carefully considered this situation and now accepts as fact what he is about to say.

 

We know that he is saying exactly what God wanted for it is the Inspired Word of God.

 

Some of the most brutal battles we face are those internal battles.

 

In order to win those battles we must have inner strength. And it is that inner strength that we get when we realize the glory that will be revealed in the believer.

 

Lets look at the sources of that strength tonight.

 

The thought of the Glory that is to be revealed,

 

I. REPLACES PITY WITH COURAGE.

 

A. It makes suffering tolerable.

 

Rom 8:18

18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

2 Cor 4:15-17

15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

 

B. Fulfilling the believers earnest expectation.

 

Rom 8:19

19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

 

2 Cor 4:15-17

15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

 

Job 14:12-14

12  So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

13  O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!

14  If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

 

Job 19:25-27

25  For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

 

Ps 17:15

15  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

 

Our light suffering becomes tolerable when we think of the pain that Jesus endured to pay for our sin.

And as we think of the splendor of heaven as we will see it one day in a perfect body.

 

C. Brings fairness into play.

 

Rom 8:20

20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

 

Man became a sinner by the action of Adam.

 

Rom 5:12

12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

It was one act of disobedience that plunged mankind into sin.

 

Therefore we may say that we were not willing participants in Adam’s sin and so we should have a way to escape the consequences of sin.

 

In all fairness there is hope.

 

Our hope is in Jesus Christ.

By one sin we were made sinners with the punishment of hell resting upon our shoulders.

 

But by one man we have a way to escape.

 

One sin plunged us into depravity and one sincere prayer can bring us out.

 

Because one man Jesus paid the price for the sin of all.

By one man comes the possibility of hell.

 

By one man comes the possibility of heaven.

We must make the choice.

Then the anticipation of the glory to be revealed:

 

II. REPLACES BONDAGE WITH LIBERTY.

 

Shows us that there will be:

 

A. Delivers from bondage of corruption.

 

Rom 8:21

21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

B. An end to the travailing pain brought by the curse and sin.

 

Rom 8:22

22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

 

Nature was not meant to serve sin.

 

Gen 3:16-19

16  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

 

All of nature now groans but one day it will be over and the groaning past.

 

C. Temptation from the flesh will be removed

 

Rom 8:23

23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

Where as we were held in bondage to sin, knowing that one day we will drop this vail of flesh and that it will give way to a new body, incorruptable body, gives us courage to face each day with a new found liberty to serve the living God.

 

Anticipation of glory that is to be revealed:

 

III. REPLACES DESTITUTION WITH PERSEVERANCE

 

A. We are saved by hope

 

This is not speaking of salvation only of our soul here.

Christ died once to save our soul and body and

having this hope we are saved from the adversities of this life.

 

Heb 11:1

1    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

Faith is the evidence and hope is the expectation.

 

Therefore faith is the mother of hope.

 

There can be no hope without faith.

 

B. Patience is a virtue of hope.

 

If we know by faith that God will fulfill His promise of the resurrection of this body, that one day it will be much more than worth it all.

 

Then we are willing to wait with patience until that day come.

 

Rom 8:25

25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 

Rom 8:37-39

37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

1 Cor 15:58

58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,

forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 

Gal 5:1

1    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

 

Phil 1:6

6    Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

Col 1:22-23

22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

23  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

 

Heb 6:11-12

11  And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

12  That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 

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