Romans 8:19-23

In Romans 8:19-23 Paul reminds us that creation is waiting to find out who are truly children of God. Why? Because all of us were created by God in His image and should have been on a path to eternal life with the Father. But a big rock got in the way – this thing called sin – which derailed the plan and because of the free will God gave us – now our redemption is dependent on our relationship with Christ.  It is through His shed blood and the forgiveness of our sin that we become sons of God and will experience all God has created for us for eternity. “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”

God has subjected creation into a period of waiting and hope to find out who are truly children of God. He could have dictated we love and obey Him.  But He didn’t – He gave us the ability to choose how we live and because of that our future and fate waits until we stand before Him at judgment day. “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” Those who know Christ will be set free from sin and experience God’s glory.

But until that time, creation waits. Some believe that this passage refers to their ‘super-Christian’ group of special people.  That isn’t what it says. All creation waits for God’s revealing of His children, not some specific group of followers. And as creation waits, it is undergoing birth pains.  Some misread this verse and think it is death pains, but in fact that’s not what is meant here. There is anxious anticipation as creation waits for those who are sons of God to be revealed and made known. “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”

This waiting is more than creation. We too can wait with anticipation for that day when we will be adopted as sons of God. Certainly there is a sense by which Christ Followers have already been adopted, but when this day comes, it’ll be like having all the t’s crossed and I’s dotted and we’ll have our forever paperwork complete. We can rest assured it will come to completion along with God redeeming our earthly bodies. “And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies

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  1. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.


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