Summary: PENTECOST 9(A) - Believers eagerly expect God’s greater glory because earth only offers groaning but heaven provides praising.

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ROMANS 8:18-25 - August 1, 2004

Pentecost 9

ROMANS 8:18-25

18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons 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 glorious freedom 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 as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

INTRO: Look ahead. What does the future hold? Look ahead so much not often pay attention to present. Today’s society emphasizes uncertainty of future. Today look ahead – not just to a short-term future but to the future that will last forever.

"Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight"(2 CORINTHIANS 5:6,7).


I. Earth only offers groaning

II. Heaven provides praising

I. Earth Only Offers Groaning

A. Paul faced many difficulties especially in his earthly ministry.

1. These difficulties meant little to Paul. Verse 18

2. God’s glory greater than any/every earthly non-glorious things.

B. Sin infested not just people – but even planet. Verse 20a

1. Verse 22. Nature itself groans – with earthquakes, tornadoes, etc.

2. World suffers to the very present as result of sin. Verse 20b

C. From first sin all changed beyond every/any/all imagination. World, believers. Verse 23

D. To the present day sin is still powerful in its effect. There are groanings, disappointment,

disgust, discouragement. "By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return"(GENESIS 3:19).

E. Work, once a joy, not always so today. At times life, work, even living can be unpleasant.

"So I hated life because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind"(ECCLESIASTES 2:17).

F. None escape sin. None escape death.

"Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death"(JAMES 1:15).

TRANS. Believers expect more. Need to. Ought to. After all only groaning on earth. There is more to life than just earthly living – more than moaning & groaning, grumbling & complaining, worry & fretting. Look beyond. The blessed fact our text expresses is the reassuring truth Heaven Provides Praising.

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