}}}}. And the beasts have suffered through the degradation of man. It was the filial token (Hebrews 13:8). The whole creation is represented as longing for the glorious period when all its misery shall be over, as if in the throes of a new birth. If you keep your eye on that which is to come. Register! This proceeds, first, from the consideration of their common nature. But how with the body? It is in sweetest harmony with the soul; it is not a whit less spiritual and heavenly than that which once it thwarted. The heir of God has to remember that much of his good is future, and he must sketch out to himself those prospects where faith will be lost in sight, and hope in endless praise. Do not take this passage lightly today … because waiting for that day will be one of the hardest Spiritual battles you will face. This, it proceeds from a kind of modesty in them, as in all things else as suitable to the principles of religion. )Christian experience and aspirationF. First, because our souls are in their actual redemption already before that time. The second is earnest expectation. II. In the next there is a smiling cherub, and a mother who joys that a man is born into the world. Romans 8:23 What Does Romans 8:23 Mean? Lastly, as together with the soul they do make up the whole person which God hath taken into court with Himself (Matthew 22:32). If it is not the full glow of summer yet, it is not winter, "If the early grapes be so sweet, what shall the vintage be?"II. And doubtless they are on many accounts the most blessed people upon earth. Look, as any men's desires are, the more oftentimes are their griefs, because desire and hope disappointed it makes the heart sad. Parsons.I. Other things may bring the sigh, the tear, but this brings the groan, "When shall I be holy? And so his teaching assumed a profoundly practical character. BUT THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE COMPARED WITH THE GLORY THAT SHALL BE REVEALED IN US. When we suffer, especially when suffering catches us by surprise. THE QUESTION HOW THIS CONDITION OF SONSHIP IS CONSISTENT WITH SORROW COULD BE ANSWERED BY THOSE WHO BELIEVED THE SON OF GOD TO BE THE MAN OF SORROWS. (2) By the gift of spiritual power. So —III. We need to realize the suffering happens for a reason. He had been a drunkard, a spendthrift. It is in sweetest harmony with the soul; it is not a whit less spiritual and heavenly than that which once it thwarted. and man and brute, hills and valleys, earth and ocean, times and seasons, are passing onwards to a glorious deliverance. He could not bear to contemplate it, if he were not sure that they were no parts of its original order; and that not being parts of it they were to cease. Not so neither. If we use all arguments of fear, all arts of rhetoric to convince men that they ought to take care of their souls, a few may be startled out of a sleep to which they will return again. How are we to judge between them? Those who have the Spirit are placed in a high and beautiful relationship. It has taken the image of God; it perfectly reflects Christ. In this chapter we have a remarkable distinction of character. THEIR PROPHETIC HOPES. Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am free from sin"? Now this is the cause of our groaning. Thirdly, it is sometimes also from weakness and want of faith, especially there where it is in the excess and extremity of it. (a) Sorrow on account of what we see in the world around us. The complaint we are likely to make of it is that it is too magnificent; that it transports us into an atmosphere which scarcely any one but a saint or apostle can be expected to breathe. Secondly, as members of Christ, who is the Head and redeemed before them; "Christ is risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20). Vaughan, M.A.I. We are to wait and hope for the day when creation will be set free, and our bodies will be redeemed. "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His."2. And the promise of being saved from suffering. As including manifestation and public acknowledgment.4. Now, his fellow workman also groaned. The idea of a redemption of nature as consequent upon a redemption of man has often dawned upon the man of science and upon the artist. (See the quote below). Their character, therefore, is formed by the influences of the Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26, 27). These are called the firstfruits because —(1) They come first. "We groan within ourselves." 2. I feel for teachers because - Even before Christmas night. H. Spurgeon.Note —I. The proneness and inclination to evil which is in the heart. As belonging not merely to individuals, but to the Church as a body.(T. One of this country’s finest, the high road program is a part of the curriculum of Wheaton College. St. Paul says that there is another who has an elder, stronger right over it; that Christ by going into the grave and rising out of it has asserted and made good His right; that He will fully exert it. For the reason that we are saved, we groan for something beyond. The harvest is not come. WHEREUNTO THE SAINTS HAVE ATTAINED.1. Go to the next house, and there is another much more painful than the first. The body is redeemed by price, but it has not yet been redeemed by power. The soul is so married to the body that when it is itself delivered, it sighs to think that its poor friend should still be under the yoke. He plucks from the tree of truth a holy feeling, it is the "firstfruit" of the rich abundance of a matured saintliness. Now God's children they have other businesses and employments than other men have, and which they seriously give themselves to. Nor is this little, for the body has a depressing effect upon the soul, and its appetites have a natural affinity to that which is sinful. I do not find that the Church has less suffering than the world without, only I find it more "inward." Thirdly, as they are the temples of the Holy Ghost, who still abides and dwells in them as His own, and accordingly will raise them (Romans 8:11). Yes! For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. He catches a glimpse of Christ, it is a "firstfruit" of an eternal presence. WHEREIN ARE BELIEVERS DEFICIENT? Even up in heaven they have not their full reward. There is probably a very close analogy between the redemption of the soul and that of the body. We have much to enjoy, but we have also much to endure; and who among you is not ready to say, "we ourselves groan within ourselves," and long for wings, "that we might flee away and be at rest"? They pray in secret, and give in secret, and grieve in secret, The second is hearty and serious. Note then —. The children of God they therefore grieve by themselves because indeed they joy by themselves. Parsons. Man was formed out of the dust of the ground, and we must despise nothing. Romans 8:23–24 ESV 23 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 … THE CHRISTIAN IS A MAN GATHERING "FIRSTFRUITS." Then the apostle speaks of the children of God, and he declares that they are not in a higher sphere. It is not the pain of death we feel, but the pain of life. so great is the pain in this world that all creation is described as like a woman groaning in pain and labor. "The glorious liberty" may be translated, "The liberty of glory." The moment of death comes, the body and the soul are parted for a while. By this the earthliness of the affections is refined, and the whole soul is changed into the image of God. First deemed quixotic, sentimental, then plausible and possible, and further becoming actual, the contrary has at last come to be thought disgraceful and unnatural. Thus does many a godly parent groan for the miscarriages of his children. "We ourselves groan within ourselves" till we see them again. Thirdly, peculiarity of design; they have proper and peculiar ends and aims which they propound to themselves. Prove that you wait for it —(1) By avoiding the pollutions of the world. Go into yonder house: there is a deep, hollow, awful groan. It is a traveller lost in the deep snow on the mountain pass. The groanings of God's children they are not slight, or perfunctory, or superficial; but such as proceed from a deep sense and apprehension of their misery, and the condition in which they are. But in doing so he affirms two mighty propositions —1. It has taken the image of God; it perfectly reflects Christ. )The aspirations of a Christian soulE. Only Jesus Christ can offer us that … and thus hope in the midst of suffering can only be found in Jesus Christ. 2. Note then —1. (4) They were not the harvest. Sometimes it inflames us, sometimes it drags us. Yes! See its misery. Only he who daily claims the whole eternity of hope as his own is guarded against the snares and pollutions of the world.2. The consideration of this truth is very comfortable to the servants of God. … The world said his whole world was crashing down. (2) By refusing to place your affections on the world. "We have the firstfruits of the Spirit." The first ears of corn were offered to the Most High, and surely our new nature, with all its powers, must be regarded by us as a consecrated thing. But if we look at these words again we perceive that the man who wrote them must have been more, not less, conversant than we are with the sufferings which common men are experiencing. If it is not the full glow of summer yet, it is not winter, "If the early grapes be so sweet, what shall the vintage be?"II. Waiting implies being ready. because he was thriving in his lower paying and less prestigious job and often night job. (2) Earnest desire as to the future. H. They do not groan, but they long with greater intensity than you and I for the "adoption, to wit, the redemption of the body."2. Because we have the firstfruits of the Spirit, "WE GROAN WITHIN OURSELVES WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION, TO WIT, THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY." May our awaking be not to shame and everlasting contempt, but to the glorious emancipation of redeemed humanity! Fully believing in this redemption men are never to confess Death as a master. And then, and not till then, its redemption is complete. Impatience is a sin that afflicts us in both obvious and not so obvious ways. We keep our longings to our Lord.2. And any message less than this has been powerless to satisfy the necessities of men, and has produced no permanent moral effect upon them. Sometimes it inflames us, sometimes it drags us. Let me show you again the difference between a groan and a groan. They desire it and long for it as a bride does for the coming of her beloved. Not so neither. The apostle says that we are to "be washed by the renewing of the Holy Ghost," etc. This body of ours is not delivered. This world with all its beauty is fitted rather for a school of discipline than a home of purified spirits, and hence we hope for another and purer world for our final abode. It is a paradox of art that our glassmakers can only reproduce now the perfection of the ancient "stained glass" by reproducing its imperfections: — "Singularly enough, examinations made of the painted windows, so celebrated as works of artistic genius and skill, of the old cathedrals of England and continental Europe, show that their superiority really consists in the inferiority of the glass, its richness in the poverty of its constituents, in the very perfection of its uneven thickness, and in the imperfections of its surface and its body, all covered, as they are, by the accumulating dust of ages, and honey-combed by the corroding effect of time. By this the earthliness of the affections is refined, and the whole soul is changed into the image of God. We can now see how these aspirations rise, as Paul says, into a prayer for the redemption of the body. The streets of London can tell us more about the sense of them than all the folios of commentators.I. then be zealous. The traveller has reached the hospice, is perfectly safe, and is exceedingly grateful to think that he has been rescued; but yet I hear him groan because he has a wife and children down in yonder plain, and the snow is lying so deep that he cannot pursue his journey. Secondly, their present feelings and pre-apprehensions. Look on. We literally have the job to wait until the day Christ returns and glory is given. As soon as a man really receives one of the "firstfruits" of the Holy Ghost, immediately a very great change takes place in that soul. II. Breaking the Chains of Sin; I'm All Over It; Solomon's Divine Wisdom; God Is For Us! A Christian's experience is like the rainbow, made up of drops of the griefs of earth, and beams of the bliss of heaven.1. Romans 1. Romans 8:23-28 NLT. )Insufficiencies accessories of beautyHeaven does not take perfect beings and make them more perfect. It is a traveller lost in the deep snow on the mountain pass. It is God's order. That which is done within a man, it is done without the privacy of another, because no man knows the things of a man save the spirit of a man which is within him. And so, again, with the saints in heaven. This, it proceeds from a kind of modesty in them, as in all things else as suitable to the principles of religion. THE REDEMPTION OF THE BODY which St. Paul waited for, MUST INCLUDE THE REMOVAL OF WHATEVER HINDERS THE SENSES FROM RECEIVING CLEAR AND SATISFACTORY IMPRESSIONS OF THE WORLD with which they are intended to converse. A worldling is all for the present and to have his contentments here; but a Christian is not so satisfied. This "inward groaning," what is it, and whence? We need them all. )The redemption of the bodyJ. The crossing of which unto them is an occasion of greater grief in them. The Gospel is so much more then just savings us from our sins. The “waiting” in Romans 8:19, has a correspondent “waiting” in Romans 8:23; and “the hope” in Romans 8:20, has another “hope” to correspond with it in Romans 8:24; and correspondent too is “the manifestation of the sons of God” in Romans 8:19, and “the redemption of our body” in Romans 8:23. 24). First, it is an expression of their patience. THE STATE OF MIND IN WHICH THEY ARE CONFESSED TO EXIST. We need some more homely teaching to enable us to meet the temptations of their career. In a attempt to simplify salvation… We've reduced the gospel of Jesus Christ to an insurance policy that protects us from God's holy anger. After this consummation the believing heart is groaning. In fact, glory so outweighs even the suffering of this life…. Paul, in the context, affirms that the pain and death of the creature form one loud prophetic wail for redemption, i.e., the whole creation joins the Christian cry for a world in which suffering and evil shall have vanished. Now, the first groan was deep and dreadful; that is the groan of the ungodly man as he perishes; but the second is more the note of desire than of distress. Has the Spirit destroyed the love of sin, induced a desire for purity — inspired faith, hope, love? Civil adoption was private and public. 1. He hears arising from all creation a groan coming from the sense of actual misery; and the clearest, fullest interpretation of these words may be found in our daily walks. The stain and defilement of sin. THEIR PROPHETIC HOPES. Together we need to realize the suffering happens for a reason. 19, 20 of this chapter. He catches a glimpse of Christ, it is a "firstfruit" of an eternal presence. When will the contest cease?" and every cloud that darkens, and every affliction that troubles, and every injury which brute sustains from brute, and the rolling of the storm, and the belchings of the volcano, and the commotions of the deep, and the tremblings of the earthquake, are to be all considered as the pangs of nature passing onwards to that end. (See, -3-5) What does impatience look like? St. Paul feels the difficulty, and this is the refuge. (b) Sorrow when we consider our own characters, and our individual experience. )Insufficiencies accessories of beautyHeaven does not take perfect beings and make them more perfect. 1. The groanings of God's children they are not slight, or perfunctory, or superficial; but such as proceed from a deep sense and apprehension of their misery, and the condition in which they are. They pray in secret, and give in secret, and grieve in secret, The second is hearty and serious. And then, and not till then, its redemption is complete. We fancy that such lofty yearnings rise too far above the common highways to give us any strength in meeting the temptations and work of the everyday world. There is all the difference between the groan of death and the groan of life. Thirdly, as they are the temples of the Holy Ghost, who still abides and dwells in them as His own, and accordingly will raise them (Romans 8:11). We are groaning in pain. Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! The very greatness of that love — the very feebleness of our emotion in responding to it, make us pray to feel it more. Let us illustrate this by looking at three great "firstfruits of the Spirit," experimentally. Hero is the great result of the travail of the believer. The crossing of which unto them is an occasion of greater grief in them. L. Hull, B.A.It is impossible to deny the splendour of the idea contained in this passage. The emotion in reference to this fact, "we wait for it." He looks out upon the beauty of nature, and he sees a "firstfruit" of a renewed and perfect creation. Of all our misery this is the painful element, the inability of the body to carry out the higher aspirations of the soul. We are to stand at the door expecting the Beloved to open it and take us away to Himself.3. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;”. Robinson, D.D.1. by Jeremy Burrage based on Romans 8:31-39. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 8:23. So it is with us.3. 4. Are you called to love? But there is a more obvious force in the expression. Look at its sinfulness. This serves to confute that opinion which prevails with some kind of people, as if a justified person were exempted from all grief for sin. Vaughan, M.A.I. On being asked why, he said, "I want to get home to my dear wife and children. "Ye have need of patience, that after ye have suffered the will of God."2. II. In this chapter we have a remarkable distinction of character. but he it just kept doing what he had always done. Having reaped handfuls, we long for sheaves. This body of ours is not delivered. So, when we get the first works of the Spirit of God, we are not to say," I have attained, I am already perfect." Without a personal belief in Jesus dying on the cross to save us from our sins … we have no hope. THE DESCRIPTION WHICH IS GIVEN OF CHRISTIANS BY THEIR PRESENT PRIVILEGES. The sign of a son of God is that he is no more in bondage to the passions and habits of the old life. In football homes, Joe Namath is a household name. We hope —1. The logic of that is that if they were never sick, they would never die, and we should expect that they would be translated into heaven in the same way as Enoch and Elijah. That this subjection is temporary, and contains the promise of a future emancipation, when the end for which it was ordained has been accomplished. So the inferiorities and insufficiencies of God's children become accessories of beauty when the rays of His heavenly glory play upon them. Under which phrase and manner of expression we have divers things intimated to us as concerning this sighing and groaning of the children of God, three things especially. See its misery. Here is the apostle's explanation of the puzzle which has tormented men ever since evil entered into the universe. Our homage to Christ, our faith in our Divine sonship, implies that we expect a victory for the body; that it was not made so fearfully and wonderfully for nothing; that it shall at last he made like to the glorious body of Him who will subdue all to Himself.(F. Because we struggle with remembering this world, Because we believe this world is everything. Note then —1. III. Not simply that no sufferings are worthy to be compared with final rewards. 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