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Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:17-25 (5)

by Darrel Cline

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 3 Study # 5
November 13, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.


Thesis:Paul's main thesis [suffering is not comparable to the glory to come] is established by the universal reality of that expectation.

Introduction:Last week we began our study of Romans 8:19 by looking at the end of the verse, the "manifestation of the sons of God". I concluded that what Paul was addressing was the Kingdom of Messiah after the Judgment Seat. The issue is a "manifestation" -- a revealing of the issues in such clarity that everyone who beholds it will have the "problem" of present suffering fully resolved so that there is no reluctance by the creature to walk in a godly love and faith. The major problem with the present creation is its willingness to be dissuaded from living life as a joyful servant of a Servant King. Everywhere we turn we see people pressing to have their own way in the pursuit of goals that are not only unattainable, they are not even worth chasing. This pursuit is often masked by an appearance of legitimacy, but it is also often simply so violent that no one can escape the impression that the creation has been saddled with a "survival of the most violent" mentality.

It is Paul's claim that those of us who have bought into a "Servant Kingdom" mentality ought to persevere for one major reason: ultimately, those who pursue the Servant King are going to find that the glory He shares with His people is beyond their imagination so that no matter what one might have to "suffer" in this present time, it will be "worth it".

The major question regarding this claim by Paul is this: is the claim true? The answer Paul gives in Romans 8:19 is that its truth is universally recognized within creation. It is to that answer that we return this evening.

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