Romans Lesson 14 Day 4
My answers to BSF study questions
9. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe. (Romans 8:19 TPT)
The entire created universe groans for the glorious freedom of God’s children. (vs 22)
We ourselves (believers), who have the first fruits of the Spirit groan to experience the fullness of our status as God’s children. (vs 23)
The Holy Spirit groans for our complete destiny to be fulfilled (here). (vs. 26)
We groan because we long to see the manifestation.
It isn’t only the universe that’s longing to see “the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled in us (Romans 8:18 TPT), “we who have already experienced the first fruits of the Spirit also inwardly groan as we passionately long to experience our full status as God’s sons and daughters… (Romans 8:23 TPT)”
10. a. We long to see our full status — adoption.
We are waiting for our adoption. Although there is a sense in which we are already adopted (Romans 8:15), there is also a sense in which we wait for the consummation of our adoption which will happen at the redemption of our body. [AMP translation adds “from sensuality and the grave”]
i. God does not ignore our physical bodies in His plan of redemption. His plan for these bodies is resurrection, when this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality (1 Corinthians 15:53). (Guzik)
We eagerly wait for it with (true) perseverance (NIV)” and “eager anticipation (Voice)”
“It is the attitude of the soldier who in the thick of battle is not dismayed but fights on stoutly whatever the difficulties.” (Morris via Guzik)
b. We wait for the redemption of our bodies.
…we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God’s sons). (Romans 8:23 AMPC)
The American Heritage Dictionary defines “manifestation” as “an indication of the existence or presence of something.” Something that does not already exist cannot be manifested. As the Apostle John said, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be” (1 John 3:2). We are already the sons of God. This is not something that has yet to transpire. All of creation is waiting for us to manifest what is already in us. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary, emphasis added)
(1 John 3:2 HCSB) Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed [made apparent]. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is.
We wait trusting and hoping because we don’t have “it” yet.
The Message Version excites me the most.
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy. (Romans 8:23-25 MSG emphasis added)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 14 Day 4 ~ Romans 8:23-25