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The Joy of Redemption | DAY FIVE

SCRIPTURE READING

“For we know that the whole creation has beengroaning together with labor pains until now. Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the first fruits — we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.”

Romans 8:22-30 CSB
 

THINKING FURTHER

THOUGHTS:
This description of God’s plan for redemption is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. The idea that creation itself groans as does the Spirit within us for the redemption of our bodies is amazing. There is such joy and hope here, and after a week of hard introspection about sin, death and its consequences, there can be no greater hope than to realize that God’s plan did not end with sin and death. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we too can be children of God.

PRAYER FOCUS:
Let us pray through this passage and ask the Spirit to pray for “what we do not know” and for God to quicken our hearts with the joy of being justified and glorified in Jesus.