People groan for many reasons: Despair. Effort. Pain. In Romans 8, the Apostle Paul describes “groans” of longing as all Creation anticipates the day when God will make all things new. As Alistair Begg explains the “now” and the “not yet” dimensions of our redemption, he reminds us that the believer’s future hope rests on the sure foundation of the Christ’s resurrection.
22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
What does it mean to be a Christian? How does faith in Jesus make a difference in a believer’s daily experience? In this series of sermons, Alistair Begg addresses these questions by exploring Romans 8 from the perspective of one who is already in Christ. As Jesus’ finished work on the cross is applied in our lives, we receive a new freedom to make choices that please our heavenly Father—and the indwelling Holy Spirit’s power enables us to walk in those choices. We think differently because of our new identity in Christ, knowing that hardships and suffering have a purpose in God’s ultimate plan. Since we are in Christ by His grace, there is no condemnation; and since we are kept by His eternal love, there is no separation between us and Him forever.
|In Christ Jesus||Romans 8:1-2|
|God Has Done What the Law Could Not Do||Romans 8:2-4|
|Two Differing Mindsets||Romans 8:5-8|
|The Indwelling Spirit||Romans 8:9-11|
|The Spirit of Sonship||Romans 8:12-17|
|Our Present Sufferings||Romans 8:18-21|
|There is a Hope...||Romans 8:22-25|
|Help in Our Weakness||Romans 8:26-27|
|The Chain of Salvation||Romans 8:28-30|
|If God Be For Us...||Romans 8:31-32|
|Case Closed!||Romans 8:33-36|
|No Separation||Romans 8:37-39|