Groaning for Deliverance
Last week we looked at the relationship we have in sharing the suffering of Jesus. The sufferings of this life, the persecution we go through as disciples is not wasted but a part of how Abba reveals Himself to and through us.
Romans 8:19–22 “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. 22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.”
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. This comes after Paul’s admonishment that our present sufferings are nothing compared to the future glory. We live in a sin cursed world. Sin has devastating effects not only on man but on all of creation. All of creation is waiting for God’s promised deliverance. Creation is patiently waiting to be restored and finally freed from the effects of sin. The whole idea behind earnest expectation is like standing on tiptoes to see. We are the stewards of this earth and have a responsibility to care for it but the restoration it needs won’t be achieved through human effort. Creation is standing on its tiptoes for deliverance from the deliverer. The word translates, “revealing” to be like unveiling of a work of art. Our son-ship isn’t clear, it is veiled. It isn’t always clear who the genuine children of God are but all will be clear at His coming. We don’t know who is a true son and that isn’t our task. We are not yet all we desire to be and there is so much of our son-ship that is still veiled. However, one day soon He is going to fully and clearly manifest His life in and through us. As we yield to His indwelling life mankind sees more of Jesus. One day our unveiling will be complete and God’s masterpiece will be evident. Stop spending all your time critiquing each other and realize you are dealing with a child of God who is still not all they will be!
For the creation was subjected to futility, Futility carries the idea of being without success, of being unable to achieve a goal or purpose. Creation, through no fault of its own was the victim of sin’s curse. Because of man’s sin, no part of nature now exists as God intended it to be and as it was originally. Such is the destructiveness of sin that one man’s disobedience brought corruption to the entire universe. Decay, disease, pain, death, natural disaster, pollution, and all other forms of evil will never cease until the One who sent the curse removes it and creates a new heaven and a new earth. He has promised to come and make all things right.
Not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; Remember, this curse came on the earth due to no fault of its own. God brought the curse on earth but He also provided hope for deliverance. Hope lies ahead for creation: for the Millennium is coming, and after that, a new heaven and earth.
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. Paul sees the coming glory of believers not alone but accompanied by the glorious liberation of creation. Liberation from the bondage of sin and the resulting decay. Our creator not only had a plan for our restoration; He plans to restore all of creation to its original glory. There is a time coming when all believers will be liberated from sin, liberated from the flesh, and liberated from their humanness. Jesus came to set us free and we are truly free of the power of sin and death but our bodies are still under the curse of sin.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. It is assumed all believers know that creation is waiting to be free from the curse of sin. Groans, “stenazo” in the Greek refers to the utterances of a person who is caught in a dreadful situation and has no immediate prospect of deliverance. It was man’s sin that put thorns on roses. It was man’s sin that made the animals hate and fear each other and the fall out meant man spread fear, hostility and hatred. This travail is not the end though – there is the promise of new life. God’s master plan of redemption encompasses the entire universe.
It’s not over, the story isn’t finished. He’s coming again and when He does it will be to restore all of creation to its original purpose.
The Women have just started a new study and are going through the book “Surrender to Love.” They meet on Tuesday night at 7PM in the worship center. It’s not too late to join this powerful study.
Men! We start back up this week and are going through The Rest of the Gospel together. Pastor Wayne is leading a class on Thursday evenings at 7PM and I’ll be leading a class on Saturday mornings at 7:30AM in the worship center. I encourage each of you to participate in one of these authentic discipleship gatherings.
This Sunday we’re starting a new Sunday School class for 7 weeks at 9:30 lead by Ritchie and Anita Curtis teaching important truths about our identity in Christ. I’d really like to encourage you to attend the class if you haven’t before.
You are loved!