- Romans 8:21-30
- Rom 8:21 (KJV)
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
The entire creation will be freed from the effects of sin which has
affected even the entire physical creation. One only needs to look at a
rose and see the thorns or to look at animals and see the fear and
ferociousness they possess since sin entered the world. The entire
creation has been corrupted or in a state of degeneration because of
sin. We see how metals rust or wood rots because of the degenerative
effects of sin. Once God has saved the last one, then the entire
creation is going to be remade but this time it will be kept righteous
for eternity and no sinful thing shall be allowed to enter into it. As
the children of God will be delivered or freed from the bondage of the
present corruption, so will the entire creation itself.
Rom 8:22 (KJV)
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now.
Here we are told that the entire creation which is made up of humans and
the animal and vegetable world has all suffered the same fate when sin
entered the world. Death comes to all phases of the creation. Trees,
plants, and animals die as well as all human beings. The word “groan”
carries with it the meaning of “sighing.” It means a grieving or
yearning. God created this Earth and all it contains in righteousness
and nothing was degenerating until sin entered the world. Once sin
entered the world, all the creation groans together as all the creation
suffer the same physical fate.
Rom 8:23 (KJV)
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the
firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Here Paul tells us that not only the creation is waiting for renewal but
every Christian is also waiting for the day when the Lord gives us our
new bodies which will be eternal in nature and will never suffer pain or
sickness again. We groan inside desiring to be free of the effects of
sin and the flesh body which so hinders our service and enjoyment of our
salvation in the present. Countless numbers of Christians through the
ages have had their ministries cut short because of sickness or some
other infirmity which dwells in our mortal bodies.
Rom 8:24 (KJV)
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for
what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
The Christian has been given the earnest of the Spirit which means that
we have the hope of eternal life already implanted in us.
(2 Cor 1:22 KJV) Who hath also sealed us,
and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
The word “earnest” carries with it the meaning of “pledge.” So within
the heart of the Christian, God has given us the Holy Spirit who
instills the hope of the resurrection of the body unto eternal life with
the Lord. (Col 1:27 KJV) To whom God
would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among
the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
The hope that we now have is yet unfulfilled in its final form and that
will occur on the last day. We have that hope in us and now it is
invisible. Therefore, we cannot see it but if we could see what God has
planned for us then we are not living in hope but we are living by
sight. If we see something, then hope is finished. For example, I hope
to see the Grand Canyon in two years, if the Lord allows me to do that,
then when I am standing at the rim, it is no longer hope but it is sight
and there is no need to hope for it because it is right before me.
Rom 8:25 (KJV)
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience
wait for it.
(1 Tim 6:11 KJV) But thou, O man of
God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, patience, meekness. One of the
principal traits of the Christian faith is patience. As we continue to
live in hope, it under girds patience. The Holy Spirit is the one who
places patience and hope in our hearts. The world runs on impatience.
All we have to do is look around and see how fast the world is running
to and fro. Just watch the way people drive or the way they live their
lives and you will see a steady diet of impatience. The Christian is to
run opposite of the world. We can have patience because we know that
this life is not all there is. The world sees that few years it has as
the only thing it has and therefore needs to rush and fulfill every
Rom 8:26 (KJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know
not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
This is why the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter because He helps us
in our times of weaknesses. How many times we go into prayer we really
do not know how we should pray for ourselves and others. Many times we
pray according to the way we see things or according to the way we want
things to happen in our life. However, the Holy Spirit takes our prayer
requests and even our deepest needs, those that we may not even be aware
of, and makes intercession before the Father, so when the Father hears
our prayers, they have been faithfully and properly put in order with
all the selfness removed. The Holy Spirit, being eternal God, is able to
know what we really should be praying for and having Him indwell us is
the greatest gift God gave us this side of Heaven. This is why we should
never be afraid to pray, even shallow prayers are brought under
intercession. Remember the short prayers of Nehemiah? These prayers also
were brought under the intercession of the Holy Spirit because Nehemiah
was a believer. Those deep groanings which cannot be uttered by humans
are the real prayers being brought before the Father in a proper way as
I already mentioned.
Rom 8:27 (KJV)
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the
will of God.
(Jer 17:10 KJV) I the LORD search
the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his
ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
God is the one who searches the hearts. He knows exclusively what is in
the mind of the Spirit and that knowledge brings the two in harmony over
the prayers of His redeemed. That harmony brings the proper intercession
of the weak prayers of the Saints into line with the will of God. Many
times we Christians pray according to our will or desire and we fail to
take into account what the will of God may be on a certain situation.
This is why God denies many of our prayer requests. He does it for our
good because we do not know what the future God has for us according to
His will, and that is why many times we pray apart from His will and
that is why the Holy Spirit has to bring our prayers back into line with
God’s will for our life. Think of it this way that absolute wisdom is in
control of our prayers.
Rom 8:28 (KJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Here is the reason that the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us. No
matter what happens in our life, even when it is opposite of our
prayers, we can have the confidence that everything works together for
good to those who love and trust God. This means that only the Elect of
God is the recipient of the good. Those who are unbelievers or who are
religious use this verse in its truncated form and believe that God will
work on their behalf but here we are seeing that only the Elect of God
are the ones that work out for good. Only the true believers are called
according to the purpose God has for them. There are many times that we
are cast into a situation and we wonder how this could work together for
our good. The way we know that things work out for our good is that we
take things on faith, knowing that it is God who is working out the
details behind the scenes. Job never found out why God had allowed those
things to come into his life but he continued to trust the Lord and his
health, wealth, and family were restored. There are many times that we
will never know why God works something on our behalf the way He does,
and quite frankly, we really don’t need to know.
Rom 8:29 (KJV)
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among
The foreknowledge of God has always been a debatable subject, especially
for those who hold to the Arminian view where the idea that God
predestines someone is reprehensible. The Bible is very clear on this
subject and the only way someone can be confused on this is by
intentionally twisting the meaning of the words. This verse is one of
the most twisted by the free will camp. I have read people claim that
the way is predestined but not the person. I have also heard that this
verse is not teaching salvation by predestination. Both of these are
seriously wrong. First of all, the question must be asked. When did God
first know us? He first knew us when He wrote our names in the Lamb’s
Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
(Rev 13:8 KJV) And all that dwell
upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the
book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
(Rev 17:8 KJV) The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall
ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that
dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the
book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the
beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
If you notice in these two Revelation verses, we read that the names of
the Redeemed were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and it was done
before the world was created. The word “predestinate” is the Greek word
“proorizo” which carries with it the meaning of “selected beforehand,
appoint or determine beforehand.” Now this verse states that we are
predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. The word “conform”
in the Greek carries with it the meaning of “having the same form.” Now
how can a person be conformed to the image of His Son unless they first
become saved. We read above in Revelation that we are written in the
Lamb’s Book of Life before the world was formed. This means the Elect of
God was predestined to become saved at some time in their life and that
salvation is to image the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord
Jesus Christ is the “firstborn” among the brethren. This means that He
was the first to rise from the dead to never die again. While we are on
this earth, we image Christ in our souls when we are saved because we
receive our resurrected souls. In our soul existence we too will never
die. The physical body will die but the resurrected soul lives on
eternally. On the last day when we receive our new bodies we will then
be like Christ, in that we will never die again. So before one can be
conformed to the image of Christ, they must become saved, and the Elect
of God are the ones who were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. We also
image Christ in his characteristics because we are given the mind of
Christ when we are saved.
Rom 8:30 (KJV)
Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom
he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also
Here God continues the chain of events which occurs in the life of the
Elect. First of all, God predestines us by writing our names in the
Lamb’s Book of Life before the world was formed. Then when that person
is born physically into the world, sometime within their lifespan God
calls them as they hear the Gospel being presented in some fashion. Then
after the calling, God then justifies the person. Justification is a one
time event whereby a person is found not guilty of any sins. This person
is give a clean slate as if they had never sinned. Now that God Himself
has declared that Christian not guilty, He now glorifies them. This
glorification is not based upon anything the believer has done but upon
the work of Christ. The ultimate glorification of the Believer will take
place when we receive our new glorified bodies after the last day.
(1 Cor 15:44 KJV) It is sown a
natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body,
and there is a spiritual body. A very simple
chain of events taking place behind the scenes before the Believer
becomes a Believer and we see that it all starts with being