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Pastor Brant Seacrist

May 6, 2018

"CREATION AND CONSOLATION"

TEXT: Romans 8: 18 - 25
READING:  Psalm 119: 65 - 80

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SUBJ: Redemption and the hope of it being assured by the groanings of creation and all that is tied to God’s purpose in it.

AIM: That we might be assured by the very things that seem so dismal to others as the creation will be restored even as we.

INTR: The fact of being heirs together with Christ assures us of a glorious future. We further look to the divine design in creation and receive consolation in the assurances of New Heavens and New Earth.
1. We come to what Lenski called the final result of justification by faith being the ability to see beyond the present and into the future on the other side of death.
2. There is much that has been declared, but here we are let in on the Grand Design as a further ground of hope.
3. This passage might appear difficult at first reading but opens up some things to us of the expectation of the “glorious liberty of the Children of God.”

THESIS: While we have received the adoption, the final benefits of it await us in the bodily resurrection and the restoration of creation.

I. Present suffering considered (vv. 18-21)
1. We would first note that the only suffering we can glory in is that endured for Christ’s sake.
2. The thought here is of comparison of now to then: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 2 Corinthians 4:17
3. All suffering certainly causes a look to consolation (and these are seen as the overall result of the fall and the fact that death passed on all men).
4. It is interesting to note that creation (creature) has a sense of expectation tied to the manifestation of the sons of God – that is the full expression of salvation which is yet to come.
5. Creation was tied to man in the beginning with the creation of man as its crown and revealed as the ultimate reason of creation.
1) The fall not only affected man in every aspect of his existence,
2) Because of this it was made subject to vanity or vainness.
3) The expectation is of reaching and looking for that which is to come.
6. The longsuffering of God is tied to the progressive effects on creation.
7. The promise is that we will have a ransomed body and a renewed creation in which to live!

II. A groaning together (vv. 22-23)
1. We are often reminded of the groanings of creation as the curse is evidenced therein
1) Things immediately changed at the fall – thorns, etc.
2) The flood as inflicted on the whole earth because of man’s rebellion.
3) Even the earth upon which Sodom was built did not deserve to be burned.
4) Earthquakes and many other devastations may be characterized as groaning
2. Important to note here is while the creation groans, so do we who
1) Being born again, we have the fruits of the Spirit and a foretaste of that glorious liberty.
2) As such we are made sensitive to the limitations of both creation and our present physical state.
3) And, although adopted and fully vested, we wait for the final benefits of that adoption such as a body made like unto His glorious body.
3. With this manifestation comes the restoration of and glorification of creation to facilitate all that we shall have in Him and in His presence.
4. The redemption of our body is the final step to glorification with Him.

III. Being saved by hope (vv. 24-25)
1. It is not by virtue of having faith that we are saved any more than their being merit in faith.
2. It is by the object of that hope
1) All these benefits are certainly to be considered, but
2) Christ is that Blessed Hope of which Paul wrote to Titus – Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13.
3) The substance of that is realized even now as we consider these mysteries and especially that of: 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: Colossians 1:27.
3. The preciousness of that hope is declared to us here in that we do groan for what we do not see and the testimony of creation is added to it.
1) The consolation of justification by faith declares not only deliverance from sin and death, but of a life of bliss with our Lord in a glorious creation.
2) The object of our hope is in Heaven awaiting us to complete the divine purpose.
3) Thus, we are encouraged and consoled: And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5.
4. We patiently wait with all of creation for that glorious appearing of our Blessed Lord.