“37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37
Let’s walk through this passage, verse by verse: Romans 8:22-39
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Under a curse
The earth is under the curse of God, still – starting from that moment when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. That is how much God hates sin. He created the first two humans in the most wonderful Garden of Eden. But, their heart rebelled. And they then incurred God’s wrath and condemnation.
God hates sin. He loathes sin. He cannot co-exist with sin. He will not put-up with it. He immediately cast Lucifer out of Heaven because of sin, and He immediately condemned man to eternal punishment when Adam and Eve disobeyed His command.
He created us to love Him, and He deeply loves His creation. But He absolutely loathes the sin. He loved mankind so much that He went out of His way to provide forgiveness of that sin and it’s punishment.
– Source: A God Damn
We see and experience the effects of The Fall. We live in a “Vortex of Good & Evil“. We are always in a state of dying.
– Source: Why all my pain and sorrow, my sickness and worries?
All our life we will feel the pains of this world. That is a reality. After all, we are still human. The difference is: we have hope in Christ.
For he gives his sunlight
to both the evil and the good,
and he sends rain
on the just and the unjust alike.
– Matthew 5:45 New Living Translation
This “curse” is called “The Fall of Man”. These pains, groans and suffering are not what God actually created us for. Of course He knew what would happen – that man would sin, and He would consequently dam the world. But, way before He implemented Creation – His plan was always to “redeem” us back to Himself, to bring us to His salvation, to give us His strength and encouragement in this life, to have “…a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession….”
23-25And not only that, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our body.24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
“Waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our body.”
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15 that we will be raised up from the dead just as Christ was raised from the dead. As we are raised up we will be given an “incorruptible” (everlasting) new body, like Christ’s resurrected body.
Christ was the first, and we are next (Acts 26:23; 1 Corinthians 15:20-23).
“The redemption of our body.”
He did not want AI robots. They are “a dime a dozen”. He wanted a priceless creation of His own. So He created us with a totally free will, a will to accept Him or reject Him.
We can accept or reject. That is a far cry from robotics. He could have easily created robotons that never malfunction, never “get it wrong”, never mess up, always faithful to His orders. But that is not what God wanted. He did not make us like that.
free thinkers, totally free spirits, independent souls, in incorruptible, immortal bodies, self-driven, thoughtful, creative, highly intelligent, adventurous, joyful, never sick, never sad, never shed a tear, knowing how to discern between good & evil, never sinful, never condemning of others, never violent, never thinking ill of others, always tolerant to the nth, never failing, always loyal, loving others with limitless grace and compassion, always considerate of the thoughts of others, always highly valuing others, forever generous, incorruptible… loving God forever “with all that we are”.
“all in for Him”
He created us to be “all for Jesus“, His forever creations characterized by being “all in for Him”. Do you stand when all others go the way of the world?
And he replied,
“You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your strength,
and with all your mind;
and your neighbor as yourself.”
“before the foundations of the earth”
He had a plan, before Creation — to provide a way to forgive us for our sinfulness. God had it all planned out.
Through Christ’s death on the cross, God created a way to legally remove His legal condemnation of us. That is called “forgiveness”. And forgiveness was made possible through the Perfect Lamb of God coming to earth to be sacrificed on our behalf. His forgiveness was planned before the first dust of the earth was created.
More than a “fix-it”
This “curse of God” will last forever – for those who reject His grace on earth.
But there is eternal forgiveness resulting in eternal sonship — for those who humble themselves on earth, seek Him with all their heart, and truthfully repent, accepting Him as Lord of their life.
As our Maker, His grace as Creator is available freely to all mankind. This grace is more than a “fix it” for all who come to Him for salvation. His salvation is eternal. He makes us brand new creatures – for all eternity.
The need to “fix it” was not a mistake in His design – but rather an integral feature. There was no need to fix anything in His plan. He purposely integrated vulnerability to temptation so that we would then seek Him for forgiveness – and grow “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
He will “fix it” all at the end of the age, at which time He will bring us into His better plan: living in an incorruptible body, with an incorruptible mind, heart, soul and spirit. We will be able to live into eternity – with perfection of mind, heart and soul and spirit. Wow. Can’t wait!
For now, we are in a fallen, decaying world, living in dying bodies. All humans start life in this condition: condemned, separated from Holy God because of our sinfulness, needing a Savior. For more, read: The Roman Road
His plan of the ages is to start all over again with new heavens and a new earth. That is coming soon. After Jesus comes back in power and glory and defeats the Antichrist at Armageddon, God will change everything about the earth and everything about us, making us His resurrected children of God. His resurrected born again “saints” will live forever in God’s Home, Heaven.
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true [they are accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy].”
26-27 Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with [o]groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the [p]saints according to the will of God.
“the Spirit also helps our weakness”
“He intercedes for [us] the saints according to the will of God.” So, the Holy Spirit not only knows our thoughts, and our struggles – He also loves us in our shortcomings. Mysteriously enough: He is praying for us to God the Father “according to the will of God”. So we know His prayers on our behalf are effective.
1 John 5:14
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
So we know that – not only are we not alone, but God is helping us to overcome our weaknesses. We are pressured in every way – but not crushed.
8 We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; 9 hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed – Verses 8-9 of 2 Corinthians 4:6-11
28-30 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
14 For all
who are allowing themselves
to be led
by the Spirit of God
are sons of God.
– Romans 8: verse 14
We absolutely must be absolutely guarded in all our ways – to be a healthy soul, to live a worthy life. Satan is a deceiver and a liar. You don’t win with an unguarded life.
– Source: Why all my pain and sorrow, my sickness and worries?
“Following” is an active faith thing. It takes faith to “allow” myself “to be led”…”by the Spirit of God”. Do you have an active faith?
31-36 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was [s]raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of [t]Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 Just as it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
“God is the one who justifies.” No mere man can justify you for God’s Home Heaven! No religion, no self effort to be good enough, no philosophy. Only God Himself does that for anyone. And He “justifies” us through the act of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection.
37-39 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The best way to live in a damned world of pain and troubles, is to regularly give it up, all of it, to Jesus in prayer. Jesus un-damns you, makes you one of His un-damned, so to speak, when you are set free, born again from above. And He wants you to live in peace until He returns for us.
Paul was convinced. Are you?
38 For I am convinced
will be able to
separate us from
the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Are you praying regularly, refusing to soak in your pain and sorrow, your sickness and worries? Give it up. We are not built to carry it. “Cast it” on Him. He is able.
1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“…casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
When I die I’m going instantly to heaven. How ’bout you?
– Source: I am dying
In God’s Home Heaven, we will all be:living in incorruptible, immortal bodies,living in body, soul, and spirit,free thinkers,totally free spirits,independent souls,self-driven,thoughtful,creative,highly intelligent,adventurous,joyful,never sick,never sad,never shed a tear,knowing how to discern between good & evil,never sinful,never condemning of others,never violent,never thinking ill of others,always tolerant to the nth,never failing,always loyal,loving others with limitless grace and compassion,always considerate of the thoughts of others,always highly valuing others,forever generous,incorruptible…loving God forever “with all that we are”.