Hope (Romans #14)

Text: Romans 8:18-28

True hope is a defining characteristic of the Christian life.

Hope’s Motivation (8:18)

  • The Holy Spirit is preparing saints for eternal life while in this present wretched body of death.
  • Hope is a motivating source.  It will cause you to move toward that hope.  That is its motivation.  The absence of hope destroys the will to do anything.
    • Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick
  • Suffering versus Glory- apples to oranges
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
  • Hope provides motivation by weighing the future ETERNAL glory against the present TEMPORARY suffering.
  • Joel Osteen theology is not here.  “Your Best Life Now” was a book he wrote.  The truth for the child of God is your best life is not now, it is in the future.

Hope’s Fulfillment (8:19-22)

  • Creation isn’t waiting on Green Peace to protect it.  God has cursed the ground and what creation is waiting on is the curse to be removed which coincides with the manifestation of the sons of God.
    • Acts 3:19-21 – times of refreshing, restitution of all things
    • Colossians 1:16-20 – reconcile all things to himself
  • When the Lord Jesus Christ returns at the Second Advent to rule and reign as King of kings and Lord of Lords
  • Isaiah 11:5-10 – creation at rest.  His rest shall be glorious.
    • The earth is my footstool Earth is associated with God’s rest

True Hope (8:23)

  • The Holy Spirit of God is put inside a believer.  This is where hope begins with the firstfruits of the Spirit.
    • 2 Corinthians 1:22
    • Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30
    • Colossians 1:24-27
    • Philippians 1:20
  • True hope has an example.  The resurrection provides assurance
    • This is not wishful thinking.  We look at the empty tomb and say, Someday, that will be me.
    • 1 Corinthians 15:17-22
    • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    • revealed in us (8:18) not “to us” as some corrupt versions of the Bible say
    • manifestation of the sons of God (8:19)
    • waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body (8:23)

Saved by Hope (8:24-25)

  • believe something we don’t see
  • 1 Peter 1:6-8

Practicing Hope (8:26-28)

  • Infirmities – frail bodies
  • Holy Spirit’s intercessory work for the believer
    • we don’t know what to say
    • He intercedes on our behalf with things we can’t say and don’t even know to say
  • Hebrews 7:25-28 – High priest office of the Lord Jesus Christ who made himself weak and experienced our lives
  • Romans 8:28 is talking about infirmities and the frail body that we live in.  We apply it to circumstances in our lives, but the context of what he is saying is about the frail infirmed and sinful body we live in.  Paul will get into circumstances later on in the chapter.
    • Everyone has infirmities, not just Christians.
    • Difference between a believer’s infirmity who loves God and a non believer’s or even a believer who has become bitter at God is that God will use the infirmity of the believer who loves Him for a good purpose
      • To bring that soul closer to Him
      • To minister his peace and comfort.
      • To have a testimony to the grace of God in that soul to others.