Future Glory-Romans 8:18-21

Romans 8:18-21 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
Romani 8:18-21 “Infatti io ritengo che le sofferenze del tempo presente non siano paragonabili alla gloria che deve essere manifestata a nostro riguardo. 19 Poiché la creazione aspetta con impazienza la manifestazione dei figli di Dio; 20 perché la creazione è stata sottoposta alla vanità, non di sua propria volontà, ma a motivo di colui che ve l’ha sottoposta, 21 nella speranza che anche la creazione stessa sarà liberata dalla schiavitù della corruzione per entrare nella gloriosa libertà dei figli di Dio.”
    
     Paul has been describing the believer’s relationship to Christ as children of God. But he is also aware that some believers might think that if they are God’s children, why do they suffer (or face persecution)? Therefore, his response is to compare this present life to the future glorious eternal life. When Paul says “I consider”, the word used here is conveying the idea of a person taking careful inventory of the facts. As he takes inventory of the question, his answer is that this future glory is so great that our present sufferings are insignificant by comparison.
     In order to reinforce his inventory of facts, he cites the example of creation that has been in decay (v. 21) from the effect of the fall of man but also waits in eager expectation for the future glory. The use of the words “eager expectation” is found many times in the New Testament; every other time it refers to the return of the Lord. Therefore just as we wait for the return of the Lord and creation awaits its liberation, so we should take comfort in the knowledge that the suffering and stresses of our lives will be temporal but the revealed glory in the believer is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17 also affirms this truth: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
      Before we experience the glory that is to be revealed at the coming of the Lord, we still have the present glory that is every-increasing (2 Corinthians 3:18) and encourages us daily as we face the challenges of life. 
Pray with me: Lord, at times the pressures of life cause me to forget that Your glory rests in me. Help me to live now in Your glory and eagerly await my future glory.


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