Romans Chapter 8:18-39
Memory verses for this week: 1 Cor 6:20 For ye
are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in
your spirit, which are God's...
Introduction: Last week, in the
beginning of chapter 8, we found that the saved Christian has no
condemnation because of the gift of salvation. Because of what
Christ has done for us, we now are the “sons” of God and
joint-heir with Jesus.
The Whole Creation is to
the bible does not promise that we will be delivered from all the
trials and problems of this life, it does promise that the
sufferings we face today cannot be compared to the glory that shall
be revealed in us one day.
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.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.
warned his disciples that they would have tribulation in this world.
Many television evangelists make claims that all of our
problems will vanish when we come to Christ, but we see that this is
not what Jesus had to say about it.
The one thing that salvation guarantees is our entrance into
heaven, and that Christ will never leave us nor forsake us.
We also have our feet set on the solid rock where we can
build a successful life, but the trials and tribulations are sure to
come. If we truly
walk a sanctified life, it is a certainty.
2 Tim 3:12
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God,
than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the
was a man who was raised in Pharaoh’s court, and could have lived
the so called high life. But
the bible tells us he chose rather to suffer affliction with the
people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
Sin does have its pleasure, but it never lasts and brings
sorrow in the end.
1 Pet 4:13
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's
sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad
also with exceeding joy.
1 Pet 4:14
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for
the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is
evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
2 Cor 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
called our afflictions “light afflictions” and said they would
not last for long. We
know it is good if we suffer if we have done good for the cause of
Christ. We have
no rewards when we suffer for sin that is in our lives.
Sometimes we think we have resisted temptation in great ways,
but the bible says that none have resisted to the point of shedding
blood. When we
think of what Christ endured for us, we should do our best to live
honest and pure lives that glorify God.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly,
but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
the resurrection day, the true sons of God shall be made known.
The angels will come with Christ and He will separate the
sheep from the goats, and we will know who the true sheep of the
Lord are on that day.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy
angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep
from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats
on the left.
verse 20, it says that the creature (or creation) was made subject
to vanity, but “not willingly”.
When Adam sinned, there was a curse put upon man and the
3:16 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.
3:17 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;
3:18 Thorns also and
thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb
of the field;
3:19 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
day, this curse will be lifted.
It actually is lifted in multiple steps.
When a person is saved, the curse is removed from the soul.
When we are resurrected, the body has the curse removed.
During the millennial reign of Christ, the
whole earth will have the
curse removed. Christ will reign for a 1000 years, and then and the end,
there will be a final cleansing by fire.
2 Pet 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and
the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be burned up.
2 Pet 3:11
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
2 Pet 3:12
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2 Pet 3:13
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new
heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the
bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of
creation is to be delivered from the bondage of corruption.
The earth will go back to the way it was before Adam sinned.
The creation will be made to share in the “liberty of the
glory of the children of God.”
Creation does not share in the liberty of grace, but will
have its part in the liberty of glory.
During the kingdom age, there will be many, many blessings
through the millennial reign of Christ.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth
in pain together until now.
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.
Christ comes back, the whole creation will groan and be in travail.
When you look at the havoc being displayed around the world,
this is not hard to see. Even
the storms that we face as weather patterns change are extremely
severe.. And we who
know Christ for salvation, still long for the day that Christ will
return. Our bodies will
be raised and given a new glorified body like unto Christ’s,
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope:
for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience
wait for it.
people who are saved have the blessed hope of the resurrection.
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look
for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like
unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able
even to subdue all things unto himself.
1 Cor 15:12
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how
say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
1 Cor 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ
1 Cor 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and
your faith is also vain.
1 Cor 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have
testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if
so be that the dead rise not.
1 Cor 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
1 Cor 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet
in your sins.
1 Cor 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are
1 Cor 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all
men most miserable.
1 Cor 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
firstfruits of them that slept.
1 Cor 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead.
1 Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
1 Cor 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
told those people at the church in Corinth if Christ was not raised,
we are of all men most miserable.
But praise the Lord, Jesus did rise from the deathbed, and is
seated on the right hand of the Father today, making intercession
for me and all of you who know Christ as Savior.
That is the difference in Christianity and all the other
religions of our day. All the others had a great leader or prophet, but then
he died. Christ died
also, but by the power of God, He came out of the grave and was the
firstfruits of the spirit.
And we look to Him for the power to overcome the grave.
And we do it by faith.
Heb 11:1 Now
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
The Holy Spirit
Make Intercession for Us
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know
not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself
maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
we pray, sometimes we don’t even know how to pray correctly.
And when this happens, verse 26 says that the Spirit makes
intercession for us that our prayers may be what God would have them
to be. Even the
disciples did not know how to pray properly, and asked Christ to
teach them to pray. And
Jesus set forth two excellent examples when He gave the model prayer
(sometimes referred to as the Lord’s prayer) and the true prayer
that Christ prayed for us over in John Chapter 17.
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain
place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord,
teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which
art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that
is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us
believe the more we study the Word of God, the better we will be in
knowing what to pray for. Many
times we pray and do not receive our requests because we ask amiss.
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and
cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may
consume it upon your lusts.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will
be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that
dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth
the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
we pray and ask God to forgive us, we must also forgive those who
have sinned against us. If
we do not, then it says the Lord will not forgive us of our sins.
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against
any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is
in heaven forgive your trespasses.
prayers should be out of a heart of humility, and never to be seen
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when
thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and
thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen
do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Mat 6:8 Be
not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what
things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
8:27 And he that
searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because
he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us in our prayers according
to the will of God.
of the Greatest Promises
And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
promise is not made to everyone, but to those “who love God”.
It says that every thing that happens to us works together to
good to those who love God. This
takes in a lot of area… all the sickness, death in our families,
troubles, trials, etc…. every thing comes together for our own
good. It is
crucial to read the verse accurately and understand what it truly
says. It doesn’t say
that everything that happens to us is good, but it says that by
God’s sovereignty, every single thing works together for good to
us. There is no
doubting God when we believe this verse, and it starts out in
faith…. “And we KNOW…”
In my personal life, some of the hardest times I’ve ever
faced have been some of the most eye opening and faith building
times of my life. Sometimes
when we have no hope at all from the worldly standpoint, and God
miraculously deals with the situation and brings us victory, we
learn a lot. My
help cometh from the Lord as our missionary Buddy Woolbright said a
few months ago in his sermon.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these
things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all
by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in
power; not one faileth.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is
hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the
everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might
he increaseth strength.
God’s Eternal Purpose
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brethren.
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and
whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them
he also glorified.
to whom He did foreknow applies strictly to the children of God.
These were predestinated to be conformed to the image of
God’s Son. Jesus was
the first person to ever rise in a glorified body.
(Matt: 27:50-53 and I Cor 15:20-23)
says in verse 30 that all he called, he also justified and
a good understanding of predestination takes a lot of hard study in
the Word of God. I
had a lengthy discussion on this topic with one of bible study
members just this week, when we discussed the role of the Holy
Spirit in salvation. The
reality of salvation is that only those drawn by the Spirit who hear
and accept the Gospel will be saved.
Does God have the knowledge to know who will and will not be
saved? Of course He
does. Time has no constraints on God.
It is as if he is standing on top of a high building and can
see both the beginning and end of our existence.
With God there is no such limitation.
But to understand this properly, and to keep in harmony with
all scripture, we must still go forth and preach the Gospel.
If everyone who could be saved was set in time and we have no
purpose, we should stop sending missionaries to the foreign fields.
The truth is that the church is commissioned and directed to
go forth and preach the gospel to all nations.
How far we will go, what each of us will do, is already known
by God, and because of this, He does know all who will be saved.
But it never removes our responsibility for personal
is worthy to mention that some believe these verses pertain to those
who were resurrected and came forth from the grave after Christ’s
resurrection. L. S.
Ballard is one who teaches this.
The one thing we know for certain is that all who have been
saved will be glorified at the resurrection.
John 3:1 Behold, what
manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew him not.
John 3:2 Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we
shall see him as he is.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who
can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us
all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is
God that justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea
rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession for us.
is the one who has bought us with His blood, and we belong to Him.
When we have God on our side, we should not fear what man can
do to us. With God on
our side, we are truly on the winning side.
Of course man can inflict pain and possibly death, but to
suffer for Christ’s sake has its rewards.
Those who die for Christ will receive a special crown.
Rev 2:10 Fear
none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil
shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye
shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I
will give thee a crown of life.
No Separation from the Love of God
8:35 Who shall separate
us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day
long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through
him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to
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
mentions many things here that can not separate us from the love of
Christ. There is
nothing that can separate a true believer from Christ when we know
him as our Personal Savior, not even ourselves.
Paul was persuaded that there was nothing that could separate
us from God’s love.
2 Tim 1:12
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless
I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded
that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against
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