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Romans 8:18 Love of Christ

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Love of Christ

Jesus Christ loves each one of us. Believers will share the Glory of Jesus. All we have to do is live for Jesus.

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Romans 8:18-39

18. “This looks forward to the resurrection of the body (v. 23) and the subsequent complete Christlikeness which is the believer’s eternal glory. (Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:4; 1 John 3:2)” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 1532)

19. “The creation itself is pictured as eagerly awaiting that time when the glorious future of the sons of God is realized.” (Mounce, Robert H, The New American Commentary, Volume 27, Romans. [Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995], 184)

“When Christ returns, God’s children will share His glory.” (MacArthur, 1532)

20. Futility [NKJV] “This refers to the inability to achieve a goal of purpose. Because of man’s sin, God cursed the physical universe (Genesis 3:17-19), and now, no part of creation entirely fulfills God’s original purpose.” (MacArthur,15320

Vanity [KJV] “Vanity means ‘failure, decay, something that is perishable.’” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 702)

21. “The day is coming when the created order will be set free from its bondage to decay. Freed from corruption, it will share in ‘the freedom of the glory of the children of God’ (literal translation).” (Mounce, 185)

Creation Groans

22. “Currently, however, the entire universe is in travail as if it were giving birth.” (Mounce, 185)

23. “The reason we groan is because we have experienced ‘the firstfruits of the Spirit,’ a foretaste of the glory to come.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 540)

Adoption “The process that began with God’s choice (Ephesians 1:5) and included our actually becoming His children at salvation (Galatians 4:5-7) will culminate with our glorification—the full realization of our inheritance.” (MacArthur, 1532)

Redemption of our body. “Not the physical body only, but all of man’s remaining fallenness (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:35-44; Philippians 3:20-21; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 3:2)

24. “Our salvation involves the hope that our mortal bodies will someday be liberated from the bondage of decay.” (Mounce, 186)

25. “Since we are hoping for something that is still unseen (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:18), it falls to us to wait for it with patience (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:2-4).” (Mounce, 186)

“The best is yet to come! The believer does not get frustrated as he sees and experiences suffering and pain in this world. He knows that the temporary suffering will one day give way to eternal glory.” (Wiersbe, 540)

Spirit Intercedes

26. “The Holy Spirit groans with us and feels the burdens of our weaknesses and suffering. But the Spirit does more than groan. He prays for us in His groaning so that we might be led into the will of God.” (Wiersbe, 540)

27. “God understands what the Spirit desires even though it is inexpressible in human terms…God is a searcher of hearts and knows the desires of the Spirit as the Spirit intercedes for us.” (Mounce, 187)

28. “God directs the affairs of life in such a way that, for those who love him, the outcome is always beneficial.” (Mounce, 187)

29-30. “Predestination means that, when God saves you, He is going to see you through. Whom He foreknew, He predestined, and whom He predestinated, He called, and whom He called, He justified, and whom He justified, He glorified.” (McGee, 705)

Foreknew [NKJV]. “It speaks of a predetermined choice to set His love on us and established an intimate relationship—or His election (cf. Acts 2:23).” (MacArthur, 1533)

“Those whom God chooses, He destines for His chosen end—that is, likeness to His Son (Ephesians 1:4-5, 11).” (MacArthur, 1533)

Conformed to the image of His Son [NKJV]. “The goal of God’s predestined purpose for His own is that they would be made like Jesus Christ. This is the ‘prize pf the upward call’ (Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:28; 1 John 3:2).” (MacArthur, 1533)

Firstborn. [NKJV]. “The preeminent one, the only one who is the rightful heir (cf. Psalm 89:27; Colossians 1:15-18; Revelation 1:5).” (MacArthur, 1533)

Glorified [NKJV]. “Paul uses the past tense (as though it had already occurred) for a future event to emphasize its certainty (cf. vv. 18; 21; 2 Timothy 2:10).” (MacArthur, 1533)

Who Can Be Against Us?

31. “The believer needs to enter into each new day realizing that God is for him.” (Wiersbe, 541)

“God is on our side. Nobody will be able to bring a charge against us in His presence.” (McGee, 706)

32. “Since He gave His Son to die for us, He will give us all things that we need.” (McGee, 706)

33. “This means that He has declared us righteous in Christ. Satan would like to accuse us (Zechariah 3:1-7; Revelation 12:10), but we stand righteous in Jesus Christ.” (Wiersbe, 541)

34. “If he is for us, he certainly will not condemn us. Far from condemning us, he is right now at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. Not only does the Spirit intercede for us (8:26) but the glorified Christ as well. (Mounce, 190)

Love of Christ

35. “Who or what could ever separate us from the love of Christ? Then follows a litany of disasters, none of which can effect a separation between Christ and the believer.” (Mounce, 191)

36. “We endure trails for His sake, and since we do, do you think that He will desert us? Of course not! Instead, He is closer to us when we go through the difficulties of life.” (Wiersbe, 542) Psalm 44:22

37. “The troubles to be faced by the Christian are nothing new but have always been the experience of God’s people. At every moment of the day we face death.” (Mounce, 191)

More than conquerors. [KJV]. “A compound Greek word, which means to over-conquer, to conquer completely, without any real threat to personal life or health.” (MacArthur, 1534)

38-39. “The apostle voiced his confidence that there is nothing that could separate us from the Love of God that comes to us from Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Mounce, 192)

“His list of ten terms moves from physical danger through the hierarchy of superhuman powers, those that now exist or ever will, powers from on high or from below, and culminates in the inclusive phrase,’ anything else in God’s whole world’ (Phillips).” (Mounce, 192)


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In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Mounce, Robert H, The New American Commentary, Volume 27, Romans. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

Spirit                                                                                                                                            Israel

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