Saturday, June 6
Rom. 8:22-23. “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so . . . [we] groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Paul says that the whole creation is groaning, then narrows it down to the human race, and then to those who are justified. Why the groaning? It becomes clear when we get to “the redemption of our bodies.” Our bodies are not yet redeemed. Our spirits are redeemed, but our bodies are not. Our bodies still have the sin nature. The result is that there is a fight going on between the two, as Paul describes in Rom. 7. Good reason for our groaning! Only when we leave this life will we be changed, from mortality (subject to death) to immortality. But there’s some relief for this dilemma. Because our souls are freed from the bondage of sin, we now have a choice (Rom. 8). It’s still a war, but we have some divine tools to deal with it, primarily the indwelling Holy Spirit. As we yield to the Spirit, we can get victory over sin. And it gives meaning to the statement that the Holy Spirit is a down payment. His work in us is a beginning. The final step comes later.