The Message in Romans (38)

The future of the yielded believers.

The Yielded believers are not concerned about the present-day sufferings and struggles because, their future with God is unimaginably better, and glorious. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18, NIV. Even the entire nature awaits eagerly for our glory to be revealed. Romans 8:19.

 God created Man in His image and gave him the dominion over nature, with divine authority. The God-given divine authority, however, did not make Man (the humankind) the owner of nature, but its administrator; (Genesis 1:26). God is the only rightful owner of all creation. The first man Adam; the representative of the first humankind, and the administrator of this universe and the Earth in it, made a deliberate and a willful decision to go contrary to God’s command. Adam understood what the consequences would be, but he, nevertheless, decided to do so. By his willful act Adam, by his decision to disobey, not only made the humankind a sinner by nature, but he also subjected the entire nature to decay or worthlessness. Adam subjected the nature to decay because he knew of God’s plan to redeem the humankind, so he hoped that nature also would be redeemed from decay. Romans 8:20, 21, NIV.

The redemption and salvation of the humankind were accomplished by the wonderful exchange of life (spirit), in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. However, we still have the body, that was subjected to decay, and, therefore, it does not respond appropriately to the commands by the new spirit we have in Jesus Christ. Accordingly, the yielded believers, together with nature, groan and “wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:22, 23. This redemption will take place at the fulfillment of the blessed hope of the gospel, the return of the Savior of the world – Jesus Christ. “For in this hope we were saved…But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24, 25, NIV. However, while we wait, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, lend us a helping hand in the weakness of our body and gives us the assurance that God is faithful, and will fulfill His promise to His children. Romans 8: 26, 27, NIV.

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Dan Lazich

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