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Summary: The hope that God provides brings salvation to all, if only we will live a life that is directed by the Holy Spirit and submits to the will of God. (Ref: Romans 8:23-27)

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Romans, Part 25

Romans 8:23-27

Introduction

- The Law (shedding of blood) had to be fulfilled for mankind to be forgiven

-- Hebrews 9:22, “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

- It is true that the creation is in shambles today, but Jesus has overcome it all

- It is Jesus that has given us an example of right living that we must endure

- We must strive to suffer through today for the glory revealed tomorrow

- 1 Cor 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

- We are able to overcome if we remain faithful to Christ; for He is the only way!

- Read Romans 8:23-27/ Pray

Point 1 – God’s Hope Brings Salvation (23-26)

- Life brings struggles and hardships which cause us to groan

- Because we live in a fallen creation; we see the despair all around us if we look

-- Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcano’s, massive storms, tornado’s, etc.

- But even with that, there are additional fallings of this creation

-- Sickness, disease, starvation, desperate societies, terminal illness, death

- But, do we even see the truth in which we should groan daily

-- APP: How about the fact that without Jesus more and more people go to hell?

- The constant beating and assault on our senses causes us to groan inwardly

- Farmers and those who work the land understand completely the term “first fruit”

-- They work and fight off the weeds, the diseases, the critters, and the weather

-- Seed is planted all around them with no guarantees, only a hope that it will grow

- So, when the green begins to show, there is rejoicing/celebration

-- The first fruit usually can give a farmer an idea of the remainder of the season

- If the first batch is high quality, they are able to rejoice and focus on the rest

- It’s cause for celebration because when the first is the best, there’s more to come

- Consider for a moment God’s first … it is His Son, Jesus

-- We have been given the very best of God’s fruit; King of Kings

-- When we take time to consider what God has given us – do we rejoice also?

- The heartbreak of this world falls in comparison to the joy of Christ

- But just as Adam and Eve brought death and decay into the world; our lives

- We groan inwardly as the war wages between good and evil

-- APP: But, we are able to rejoice for the best is yet to be “seen” with our eyes

- V24-25 tells us that we hope for what we don’t see

-- But, if God were to reveal everything to us would we really hope for more?

- TRANS: Would we continue to follow the Spirit or live our own lives?

Point 2 – Following the Spirit (26-27)

- The Spirit groans because He understands the pain in which we feel today

- He has been sent by God as a conduit for us to communicate and He knows

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