A Sermon on Romans 8:18-23
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (ESV)
As Christians, no trial or tribulation in this age even remotely compares to the age to come. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that Paul has referenced the doctrine of time, doctrine of the last things, and will now explain the present age of this universe. It is in Romans 8:18-23 that the Doctor explains we should never make light of our suffering because Christians know about the greatness that is to come. In fact, the whole of creation is looking forward to that day! Scripture teaches that all creation has an earnest expectation for the manifestation of God; creation is actually groaning with anticipation for that time. Why would creation also be looking forward to that day as Christians do? The Doctor explains that it is because of the fate of creation is linked with that of man. Man’s sin caused the whole world to be affected by vanity and corruption, and creation cannot free itself. It is man’s sin that causes creation to actually decay and will only be liberated in that day alongside the children of God. In that time, the whole of creation as well as those who are in Christ will all be redeemed!