Sometimes we think, with consciences weighed down by the guilt and shame of our failure in this, that if we really trusted God we'd have far fewer tears. But what if it's the opposite?
Main Text: Romans 8:14-30
- We're in an 8 week series in Romans 5-8, dedicated to the implications Jesus' work ought to have in our lives, now that "the night is far gone and the day is at hand" as Romans 13:12 tells us.
- Paul has been explaining the difference between the flesh and the Spirit. We can either operate in our own power, according to our own way, in the flesh. Or we can follow God's Spirit on the path of life and justice and glory.
- 8:14-17: The Spirit leads us and tells us what to do, not because we're slaves but because we're adopted children of God, heirs together with Jesus, who we're imitating in suffering and, eventually, glory.
- 8:18-25: One way the Spirit leads us to suffer with Jesus is by teaching us to groan and long for the redemption of the whole world.
- 8:26-30: Another way is that the Spirit prays on our behalf, crying out for us even as He leads us along the road to glorious resurrection together with Jesus.