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“Present Suffering and Future Glory with God” (Romans 8:18-30, NKJV).

Romans 8:18-30 is a powerful passage that delves into the tension between present suffering and future glory. 

1. Suffering and Glory (Romans 8:18-25):

 - Verse 18: Paul acknowledges present sufferings but emphasizes that they are incomparable to the glory that will be revealed.

 - Verses 19-22: Creation groans in anticipation of redemption, paralleling the believers' longing for the final restoration.

2. Hope in Redemption (Romans 8:23-25):

 - Verse 23: Believers, too, groan as they await the redemption of their bodies, eagerly anticipating the fullness of salvation.

 - Verse 24: Hope involves the patient waiting for what is not yet seen.

3. The Role of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27):

 - Verses 26-27: The Holy Spirit intercedes for believers, helping in their weaknesses and aligning their prayers with God's will.

4. God's Sovereign Plan (Romans 8:28-30):

 - Verse 28: "All things work together for good" for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. This doesn't mean all situations are good, but God orchestrates them for the ultimate good.

 - Verses 29-30: God's foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification are highlighted, emphasizing His sovereign plan in the salvation process.

Biblical Parallel:

Consider the story of Joseph in Genesis. His sufferings, including betrayal and imprisonment, ultimately led to God's greater purpose of saving his family and many others. The parallel lies in the idea that God can use even tricky circumstances for a higher, redemptive plan. Genesis 37-50

Theological Theme of Suffering and God's Glory:

The overarching theme is that present personal or cosmic suffering is part of a larger narrative where God's glory will be revealed. Suffering is not meaningless but woven into God's redemptive plan, ultimately displaying His glory through believers' final restoration and glorification.

This passage encourages believers to endure hardships with hope, knowing that God works through all things for their ultimate good and His glory.

In Christ, love ❤️ Jared

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