Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

Romans 8:24-29
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: Romans 8:24
v24: “Hope,” as Paul uses it, is a special type of faith. The two words can’t be used interchangeably. Faith, in general, is the confidence that God will keep His promises. I believe He will do what He said He will do, so I act accordingly. So the word “faith” can be applied to many different areas of life. I can have faith for salvation, healing, provision, protection, etc. But when Paul uses the word “hope” he’s talking about faith when it’s focused on a very specific subject: God’s future kingdom, the day when the blessings of our salvation fully arrive.

Monday: Romans 8:24
v24 (continued): In writing to Titus Paul tells him that believers living in this “present age” are “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus…” (Titus 2:12, 13). In other words, we call faith “hope” when it’s focused on God’s promises concerning the age to come. With that definition in mind we can now understand what he means here in Romans when he writes “for in hope we were saved” (literal). During this present age our salvation is still incomplete. Our bodies have not been resurrected, our earth is still held captive by the curse, we still wrestle against wicked spiritual forces (Eph 6:12), and we still don’t see our Lord face to face or know Him as we are known (1Co 13:12).

Tuesday: Romans 8:24, 25
v24 (continued): Someday in the future we will stand in resurrected bodies looking at Jesus. Death, sorrow and sin will have passed away and we will glorify God and enjoy Him forever. On that day our waiting will end, our full inheritance will arrive, our hoping will cease. v25: But that day is still in the future and only the Father knows when it will come (Mt 24:36), so the faith that saves us now must contain hope, and that hope must endure over the course of a lifetime. In writing to the church in Corinth, Paul described hope this way: “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2Co 4:18).

Wednesday: Romans 8:26
v26: As soon as Paul finishes reminding us to persevere in hope, he immediately assures us that we haven’t been left to do this alone. Just as God did not leave us to obey His Law alone (Ro 8:4) nor resist the impulses of our flesh alone (Ro 8:10, 13), we needn’t wait for that day alone either. As we “groan within ourselves waiting for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Ro 8:23), the Holy Spirit “groans” with us. In fact, He makes us groan by stirring up a longing inside to be with God, to be like Him and to be free from these dying bodies. And then He takes this groaning and transforms it into prayer. Without using words He communicates our longings directly to God asking Him to fulfill our yearnings, to give us the things that really matter… the right things… things we may not even know we need but which God wants to give us. By praying for us like this, He constantly calls on God to work His will in our lives.

Thursday: Romans 8:26
v26 (continued): Until we die or the resurrection takes place we must live out our lives in aging bodies, wrestling with our rebellious flesh in a fallen world. But our greatest weakness is not our bodies or flesh or the world, it’s the poor quality of our prayer life. We don’t know what to pray for, we tend to ask for the wrong things, not the things God wants to accomplish in us. To make up for this the Holy Spirit continually and wordlessly communicates our true needs to the Father. Paul’s choice of words here is very interesting. He specifically says this supplication is done without speaking words. Obviously God does not need words to communicate. Concerns can be expressed to Him without words, and He can communicate to us without words. Two examples of this might be Abel’s blood crying out from the earth (Ge 4:10) and the groans of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt (Ex 2:24).

Friday: Romans 8:27-29
v27: God the Father is called, “He who searches the hearts” because nothing is hidden from Him (Ps 139:1-6, 23, 24), including our deep yearnings. The Spirit communicates these to Him as a form of wordless prayer and we can be confident God will answer us because our heart is crying out to be brought into complete accord with the Father’s will. vs28-29: The Father knows our hearts, but we also know His; we also know the desires of His and that knowledge allows us to trust Him, even when we’re going through painful trials.

Saturday: Romans 8:28, 29
vs28-29 (continued): Before He created the world God knew all that would take place. He knew humans would sin. He knew He would have to send His Son to rescue us, and He knew an enormous number of people would repent and believe in His Son. He knew how weak we would be and the temptations and trials we would face. He knew we would come to Him damaged, in need of much healing and discipline. So He decided that He would personally assist us and direct the events of our lives causing them to have a positive effect on us rather than a negative one. No matter what circumstance arrived He would use it to move us toward a clearly defined goal: to become just like His Son, Jesus, in our character, attitudes and conduct. He has committed Himself to be so persistent in training us that slowly but surely we would come to think and react and serve as He would. Of course, there will be much left to refine when each of us steps into eternal life, but the process begins here and now. 

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