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Monday, March 11, 2013

Worth of Suffering


Romans 8:18-39 NIV

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 

19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the Will of the One Who subjected it, in hope 21thath the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not 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. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27And He Who searches our hearts knows the Mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the Will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, Whoi have been called according to His purpose.

29 For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.


More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He Who did not spare His Own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus Who died—more than that, Who was raised to life—is at the Right Hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”j
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,k neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Verse 29-39 - Order of Salvation

Is there any chronological order in time for the plan of God in saving us? We know that God is not subject to time and space but we are.

Here is the order of salvation in the Word of God.

“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.”

Foreknowledge of God in Christà Predestination of God in Christà Calling of the Holy Spirit in ChristàJustification of God in Christ’s DeathàGlorification in Christ’s Resurrection

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