Rev. David Appold, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Paducah, KY, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Romans 8:18-30.
Jesus came for you, but He didn’t come just for you. Jesus came for His whole creation. The whole creation is groaning under bondage to corruption due to mankind’s sin. That is why creation eagerly longs for the revealing of the sons of God, that fully restored mankind would once again rightly and perfectly serve as true stewards of what God has made. Together with all creation, those who have the firstfruits of the Spirit groan as well. The Holy Spirit is God’s down payment now to His Christians of the resurrection of the body on the Last Day. This overlap between the old age of sin and the new age in Christ is what leads Christians to groan and long for Christ’s return. Yet we do so in hope for what we do not yet see. The Spirit Himself strengthens us through His prayer on our behalf, which is certainly heard by the Father. This gives us confidence to know that God is working all things together for the good of His people. His glory to come far outweighs the sufferings we have now. He gives us confidence in His action for our salvation: He predestines, He calls, He justifies, He glorifies.
“The Righteousness of God for You” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Human righteousness cannot save, because all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Only the righteousness of God can bring life and forgiveness to sinners. This is the righteousness that He has fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the righteousness that is revealed in the Gospel, the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. This is the righteousness that is not earned, but is freely given by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 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. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 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 our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[b] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
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- Romans 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good
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