November 4 - Present Sufferings and Future Glory (Romans 8:17-25)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching "Living as Exiles" in the youth room. This study considers instruction from Paul and Peter on living between the times.
Jon Goforth will begin teaching on the doctrine of man in the Adult 1 classroom.
God With Us
Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul
He Will Hold Me Fast
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.19For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope21that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.23And 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.24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
After rejoicing over the incredible news that we are children of God by the power of the Spirit, set to share in the glory of the Son, he reminds us that in this life we will also share in his sufferings. In spite of the reality of these sufferings, Paul argues that they cannot compare to the certainty of our future glory. This is astounding, especially as it comes from Paul who had suffered so much as a follower of Jesus. I think Paul is trying to answer the question many sufferers ask, ‘Is it worth it?' Is the future inheritance of God worth the present and real suffering endured as a child of God? Paul's answer is assuredly yes, and the rest of the passage proves it.
Review and Apply
What kind of suffering is the Christian to expect in this present age?
How can you explain the nature/place of suffering to a new believer?
How can this passage be used to help a person who has lost hope in a time of great difficulty?
Why does creation groan?
Over what does the Christian groan?
Explain the redemption of our bodies?
What does it mean, 'the revealing of the sons of God?'
How does our future hope of glory affect your life today? Give examples.