Romans 8:24

Hello, once again New Life Church. It is great to be sharing with you guys again today. Today I want to talk about a very interesting verse we saw in Sunday’s message. We find this verse in the book of Romans.

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now.

Let us look at this verse more intently. I mean the words groaning and labor pains try to tell us that the pain is very real, very intense, but also temporary (and the necessary prelude to new life).

The image is not of the annihilation of the present universe but the emergence of a new life as we see in Revelation 21:1 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

Childbirth was a Jewish metaphor for the suffering that would precede the coming of the new age as we saw just now in the book of Revelation. We need to understand that our hope must not be in temporary things. We might feel that our world is in this intense birth pain because what we put our hope in is crumbling around us and the only hope is what we have in Jesus.

It states what we need to put our hope in Romans 8:24
24 Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?

We need to understand that the labor pains are only temporary and we cannot put our hope in temporary things. We can only put our hope that we are saved. That because of what Jesus did at the cross. We can look forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Instead of putting our hope on things that can be taken away overnight, why do we not shift our focus on eternal things, and tell our friends and family where our hope lies?

Let us pray.
Jesus, I thank you for the work at the cross. I thank you that my hope can be in the completed work that you have done. Jesus helps me not to put my trust in the things of the world but in eternal values only. I thank you that you love me. I pray that Holy Spirit you would guide me. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen

Have a blessed week further.
Pastor Louis Mare

24 Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?

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