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October 10, 2016 - Three Groans - Romans 8:22, 23 & 26

posted Oct 22, 2016, 12:56 PM by Grant Garber
  1. The whole creation groans (v. 22).
  2. We ourselves groan inwardly (v. 23).
    • To have joy and inward groans is the tension in which the Christian daily lives; joy at this personal salvation groans at a world adrift from God.
      • Suffering Humanity
      • The Half-Impotent Church
      • Ourselves
  3. The Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (v. 26).
    • At the center of the universe there is a loving God.
    • In my view, the most awful thing any human mind can conceive is atheism. There is nothing to believe in!
    • All true progress in this world is by the echo of the groan of God in the heart of humankind.
    • Is the groan in the heart of God the answer to the groan in creation?
      • Paul bound sinful humanity and the groaning universe together. He said that when humankind is free from sin, the agony of the universe will be over.
    • God last word is not a groan, but joy, joy, joy!
Pastor Jim Spon | Romans 8:22, 23, 26