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We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:22-23 NIV).
True Christians groan internally because we not only know how bad this world is, but because we also know how great our future is. The Creator of the entire universe is adopting us as His sons! Our bodies will be redeemed: they will be transformed into a new kind of body that cannot perish (I Corinthians 15:35-58). So of course we groan, because we anticipate how much better things will be when our life on Earth is done.
Our universe is broken. There is sin, pain, disease, and suffering in our world. But one day sin will be fixed. God, through Jesus’ death on the cross, will ressurrect true believers in him to live perfectly sinless eternal lives. This is the day when God’s true children, those who believe in Jesus and have repented of their sins will be revealed. Indeed, it is as if our damaged universe is waiting for this moment with great expectation:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. (Romans 8:18-19 NIV)
I am a child of God because of what Jesus did on the cross for my sins. Are you a child of God too, or are you still rejecting His gift of eternal life?
Repent and believe!
There are horrible things in this world that happen to true believers in Jesus Christ. God has blessed me with a comfortable life so far that I have never really undergone pain and suffering. If you are someone who has gone through difficult circumstances I may not be able to relate to you personally. I do not know what it is like to personally go through divorce, lose a sibling or spouse to death at a young age, or experience a painful or debilitating sickness or injury. But I do know that these things will be worth it in the end because the Bible says so:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18 NIV)
Yes, I may not know what you are going through, because I have never experienced it. But on the other hand, you have never experienced the glories of heaven. When you do, you will have a new outlook. All that pain you carry inside you, no matter how deep it seems now, can be and will be defeated when you are resurrected:
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain;the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4 emphasis mine)
Be sure that if you are going through great pain today that I do not judge you. I do not know what you’re going through. Of course you are going to hurt inside. Of course it feels horrible. I don’t judge you for that. I would probably hold up worse than you if I had to go through it. But know this: there will come a day when it will not only get better, but the pain will be completely gone, if you believe in Jesus Christ. It will be replaced by pure, genuine joy. That is a promise made by God, and you can take it to the bank.
God bless all who suffer in Christ’s name.
Calvinist Christians are genuinely concerned that human beings not be wrongly given credit for the goodness of God. Arminian Christians are genuinely concerned that God is not wrongly given credit for the wickedness of man.
So keep this in mind the next time you debate with your brother in Christ about the doctrine of election. Do not accuse him of impure motives without reason. He and you may both have pure motives even though you might reason things somewhat differently in your minds.
The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
If your primary motivation in life is fleshly desires, then you have a mind of death. That is to say that your life’s focus is on things that will pass away, reflecting that your soul itself is headed to eternal damnation. What is your primary motivation in life. Is it money? Is it sex? Is it fame. If these are your primary motivations, then you are spiritually dead.
In order to be spiritually alive you need to deny your fleshly lusts and live for God. This is something you cannot do by yourself. You can only do this if God’s Spirit indwells you. You must be born again. You must repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation. He alone has the power to save you from an existence of death to experiencing true life.
There is no way that a sinner like me can defeat sin in my own power. There is no set of rules that I can follow that can make me good, since I am incapable of following any perfect set of rules. So the “law” does not help me, it exposes me as a sinner and condemns me.
But Jesus Christ loved me and died to save me. It is His perfect sacrifice: Holy, loving, completely without sin, that is powerful enough to defeat the death in me. Jesus Christ has done what I can never do. He has conquered sin for me on my behalf.
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.And so he condemned sin in the flesh,4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4 NIV)
No one is perfect, including true believers in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul himself admitted that he himself sometimes failed in resisting sin:
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. (Romans 7:21-22 NIV)
However, if you have believed in Jesus for salvation and repented of your sins you will not be permanently condemned for what you have done:
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2 NIV)
This law of grace by faith leaves true Christians free to do more good and continue to serve God. Why? because the law of grace allows us to OPENLY ADMIT how horrible our sins are and still become holy worshippers of God. Other religions teach hypocrisy. They teach you that you have to be perfect, or follow some special rules better than everyone else. So they give you an incentive to lie, since none of us are perfect.
But there is no need for me as a believer in the Grace of God to lie about how bad I am. I know I am a horrible person. I know I am at least as wicked as you are, if not more so. But I have been saved by the grace and goodness of God. The grace is freely give to all who admit that they need it and believe in Jesus Christ for salvation.
True Christianity is based on humility and love for others; not arrogance and disdain for others.
God’s laws tell us that we are wicked. They tell us that it is wrong to murder, to steal, to lie to our family. We know that God’s laws are right because we feel bad in our heart when we break them. We feel bad when me murder, steal, and lie. But we still do it! This hypocrisy condemns us, because we not only do what is wrong, but we do it knowingly.
Therefore we will be rightfully punished by God for all our sins unless we repent and believe in Jesus for salvation.
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. (Romans 7:14-16 NIV)
Some people blame the rules for the fact that they break them. They claim that if there were no rules, then life would be great.
But the rules are good. They identify evil as the Apostle Paul says:
What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:7)
The problem is not with the law. The problem is with all of us who willingly choose to disobey the law. Fortunately God will forgive us if we repent and believe in His Son.
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:17-18 NIV)