Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 32



Romans ~ Obligation, but Future Glory
Rom. 8:12-26
From the Roman letter it is made very clear – the believer is under obligation.
We are debtors who owe God our lives. We are to be servants of righteousness,
who walk in newness of life. God gives. We receive and keep and that receiving
and keeping includes obligation. “So, then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the
flesh, to live according to the flesh.” We are to be “led by the Spirit of God.”
Do you understand, when you read Scripture and learn about Christ and respond
with faith that is obedient – you are being led by the Spirit; you are fulfilling
obligation to God, who saved you through Christ. [Though the obligation, no
matter how well executed, is not meritorious; see previous summary page at
Rom. 3:23-31.]
And as you become thus engaged, the Spirit bears witness with our spirit, that
we are children of God, who take seriously our obligation as members of His
family. What the Spirit says, we do – and thus, the Spirit bears witness with our
spirit – that we are meeting our obligations and resisting the mind of the flesh.
Here in Romans 8, as we live as children of God, we become heirs, “heirs of
God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we
also may be gloried with Him.”
Now, what does that mean? We act as God’s children and we are heirs. It seems
that idea of being heirs would suggest future benefit. Indeed. Read to the next
few verses.
18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the
glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the
revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but
because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its
bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For
we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until
now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
24
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for
what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
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