- The Rapture is when the children of God (believers) will come into their “glorious liberty” by being glorified at that moment (1 Cor. 15:51-56; Phil. 3:20-21).
- The Appearing is when the creation will be delivered; it must wait seven more years. At that time, it will be given a release from the effects of sin (Rom. 8:18).
- The Coming Glory and the Deliverance it Brings (8:18-23)
- Three Supports that Preserve Us while We Wait (8:24-30)
- Seven Points Summarizing what God has Done (8:31-39)
- Point #1: There are no Holes in God’s Plan for Full Salvation (v.31a)
- Point #2: No Man or Demon can Stop God from His Purpose (v.31b)
- Point #3: God’s Sacrifice Proves that He is Fully Invested in Our Blessing (v.32)
- Point #4: We have been Justified Completely (v.33)
- Point #5: We have been Taken Beyond the Reach of Every Foe (v.34)
- Point #6: No Suffering on Earth can Separate us from Christ’s Love (vv.35-37)
- Point #7: No Power in the Universe can Separate Us from God’s Love in Christ (vv.38-39)
The Coming Glory and the Deliverance it Brings (8:18-23)
Reasons Why We should be Looking Forward (vv.19-23)
#1: Because the Creation is waiting for it (vv.19-22)
#2: Because our own Physical Bodies are waiting for it (v.23)
- v.22 The Creation groans both (1) unintelligently, because they don’t know why this has happened to them, and (2) selfishly, just as the deer aren’t sad for the wolves, etc.
- v.23 The Christian groans (1) with a measure of intelligence, because we know why this has happened, and (2) sympathetically, because we have the life of Christ.
- v.26 The Spirit groans (1) with full intelligence and (2) full sympathy according to the mind of God (v.27).
Three Supports that Preserve Us while We Wait (8:24-30)
Support #1: Hope of Future Glorification (vv.24-25)
Support #2: Spirit-supplemented Prayer (vv.26-27)
- The Spirit (vv.26-27) intercedes for us as we pass through a creation that has fallen under the effects of sin.
- Christ (v.34) as a glorified man intercedes for us when persecution comes in.
Support #3: The Word of God: The Assurance that God is For Us (vv.28-30)
- “Foreknown” – God knew us as persons (“whom”) before the world was (1 Pet. 1:19-20, Eph. 1:4). Foreknowledge is more than omniscience & prescience (Amos. 3:1-2). The thought here is that God foreknew persons, not merely what actions those persons might take, although that is true as well.
- “Predestinated” – God orders the eternal destiny of the elect (chosen, Eph. 1:5).
- “Called” – We hear the sovereign call of God, and we respond to it.
- “Justified” – We are declared and constituted righteous in God’s sight.
- “Glorified” – We are morally and physically transformed into the likeness of Christ. Notice this is past-tense; it is looking back at it from a future eternity.
Seven Points Summarizing what God has Done (8:31-39)
Point #1: There are no Holes in God’s Plan for Full Salvation (v.31a)
Point #2: No Man or Demon can Stop God from His Purpose (v.31b)
Point #3: God’s Sacrifice Proves that He is Fully Invested in Our Blessing (v.32)
Point #4: We have been Justified Completely (v.33)
Point #5: We have been Taken Beyond the Reach of Every Foe (v.34)
Point #6: No Suffering on Earth can Separate us from Christ’s Love (vv.35-37)
- “Tribulation” or, trials in general;
- “Distress” or, mental anguish such as fear;
- “Persecution” or, suffering for the name of Christ;
- “Famine” or, lack of food and water;
- “Nakedness” or, lack of clothing and shelter;
- “Danger” or, threats to health and even life; and
- “Sword” or, martyrdom… of this greatest form an example is quoted (Psa. 44:22).
37 But in all these things we more than conquer through him that has loved us. v.37 “All these things” intended by Satan for our hurt instead result in the love of Christ being made more precious to us! When are we “more than conquerors“? When a difficulty ends up working for you rather than against you. It is a double victory. We don’t just endure the trial (a mere conqueror) but we actually gain from it (Psa. 4:1)!