Monday, September 26, 2016
REVIVE US LORD!
Pastor of First Baptist Church
ROMANS 8:18-23 (NIV)
18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not 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.
When God created the universe, it was a perfectly good universe.
God’s good creation became a groaning creation.
“Earnest or eager expectation” refers to watching with an outstreched head.
We are given the Holy Spirit as a down payment.