Romans 8:18-25

Countryside Bible Church 2/28/99

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Liberation

Subject To Frustration

What Are We Waiting For

Conclusion

Intro: Make no mistake about it. Every fiber of life depends on the resurrection. Every visage of hope is invested in the resurrection. All creation is under the curse of death and destruction. The earth is winding down. Every sunrise is wearing out. However long it takes, on its present course, the earth and all creation is destined to extinction.

Subjected to Frustration

A. For the creation was subjected to frustration

"Frustration" if from a word that means inutile, depravity, transience. Inutile means useless, unprofitable, the opposite of utility or useful. Transient means passing from existence, ephemeral, transitory, short-lived.

"Whole Creation"

More at stake than a "personal" salvation

Christianity is over personalized.

The focus on the sole individual caters to manís already too great an obsession on himself.

"Jesus would have gone to the cross even if I were the sole object of redemption"

There is much more at stake here.

All Creation was at Stake

Be aware that Jesus knew that everything rested on his sacrifice and victory.

As a soldier risks and sometimes gives his life

Not for any one individual

For his country, for freedom, for his people, for his family, for his land.

In that way he fights for every citizen in his country.

Jesus said, "shake off the dust"

Story of visitor who missed, offended no one came to see him right away

Is that what the church has come to?

The church is Godís lifeboat, holding out the offer of being saved.

Does a drowning man refuse because

He doesnít like the color of the boat

Certain friends are not on it

Jesus told Anninas to take the gospel to Paul with these words,

I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." Acts 9:16

The gospel train.

Donít think it will not leave the station without us.

What we call love today is often nothing more than being soft, passionless and lukewarm.

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WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

"the redemption of our bodies" v. 23

All of creation is waiting for the same thing.

Nothing happens till the fat lady sings.

This old creation will continue to grown until ... the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thes. 4:16

Avalanches wars, plagues, disease, crime, hunger, despair, etc.

Resurrection thought to be just an appendix in the story of salvation

Just a facet to the glorious gospel of Christ

Just an isolated, charming story.

Resurrection is our only hope

. . .we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. [24] For in this hope we were saved.. Romans 8:23-24

1. Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Saducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, "My brothers, ... my hope in the resurrection of the dead." (dead bodies? No, dead people)

and I have the same hope in God ... there will be a resurrection ... Acts 24:15

And now it is because of my hope ... it is because of this hope ... that God raises the dead? Acts 26:6-8

Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead ... and so your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:21

... that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? Ö..

Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 1 Cor. 15:12, 18,19,21

GODíS SONS REVEALED v. 19

"Revealed" lit. to "take off the cover"

Allusion to Resurrection

When Godís people are "liberated from the bondage of decay" v. 21

When they are "brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God" v. 21

When they share the nature of Christ

... when he appears, (is manifested, shown forth) we shall be like him, ... 1 John 3:2

But our citizenship ..., will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philip. 3:20-21

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Conclusion: Resurrection is the linchpin of the coming age and glorious reign of Christ. Renewal cannot begin until his people have been redeemed from death and decay. His reign cannon commence until his faithful subjects are in place and empowered beyond the reach of harm or fear. Creation cannot be restored until his people are liberated from its mortal bondage.

Your baptism in water foreshadows your hope of rising from your bed of death to a glorious new life.

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