We join pastor Anthony Cintron tonight as we pick back up in chapter eight, verse eighteen, of our studies through the book of Romans where we come to the realization that if we are to be true Followers of Christ, then we will stand with Paul The Apostle and agree with the following statement: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18 NKJV) The temporary sufferings that we go through here on earth are nothing compared to the sufferings that Jesus Christ went through on the cross! The least we can do is suffer for Him! Besides these sufferings that we go through here on earth will be but for a moment, and these sufferings will perfect us, confirm us, and establish us in the work that God will do through us! Amen? Let’s listen in to learn more!
Romans 8:18-30 New King James Version
From Suffering to Glory
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits 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 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [a]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession [b]for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
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a. Romans 8:21 decay
b. Romans 8:26 NU omits for us
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