A Share in the Glory
A Sermon on Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)
In Romans 8:18, Paul says that no present trial or suffering is to compare with the glory that is to come. What would enable a man to say that? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains this view of Christians in two viewpoints. There are certain sufferings that only Christians have but a Christian also has a hope that is to come; this outshines any hardships we are currently experiencing. The Doctor explains that a Christian has a correct view of time and his life in this world. There is a distinct separation of our time in this present world and then there is eternity with Christ. The Doctor also says that the Christian has grasped scripture in light of what is to come. A Christian should continually declare the name of the Lord and do His will until that day comes; everything we do should be done in light of that great day. The future glory is already here but has not yet been revealed. Christians do not belong to this present age, we are citizens of another age and we are eagerly awaiting that day. Those who are in Christ will not be spectators but actual partakers of that glory!