March 4, 2024


Romans 8:24-25 - For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.


In Romans 8:24-25, Paul reminds believers that the hope of salvation and eternal life that we have through faith in Christ is not something we have already attained, but something we patiently wait for in faith. He contrasts the seen and the unseen - what we already possess as believers, namely the first fruits of the Spirit, versus the full redemption of our bodies that we hope for. Just as the creation groans in eager expectation for the day when it will be liberated from decay, we also groan inwardly as we eagerly await the redemption of our bodies. This hope of future glory helps us endure present sufferings. Paul says that hope that is seen is not really hope at all - who hopes for what they already have? True hope reaches forward to what it does not yet see or possess. Therefore, we must wait for the fulfillment of our hope with persevering patience.


The hope Paul describes is essential for every believer. Without a confident expectation that the best is yet to come, we lose motivation to press on. We need a transcendent hope that lifts our perspective beyond the seen realm of present difficulties so that we can see the unseen realm of future glory. Every day we face frustrations, pain, injustice and futility, but this hope reminds us that the story is not over yet - the full revelation of the glorious freedom of the children of God is coming. This hope also transforms how we see our present sufferings. Paul says they are not worth comparing to the glory to come. Every trial we face is like birth pangs, meant to usher in new life and greater fruitfulness. Our bodies may waste away, but we are being renewed inwardly day by day as we set our minds on the eternal. The Holy Spirit living in us is a guarantee that God will finish the work He began. He gives us strength to endure and persevere with joy as we eagerly await the redemption of our bodies. This is a sure hope that will never disappoint us because it is grounded in the proven love of God poured out in our hearts. Therefore, let us lift our eyes above the seen realm of today's troubles and fix them on the unseen realm of eternity. Our trials may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning. The sufferings of this present time are preparing for us an eternal weight of glory that is beyond all comparison. Take heart brothers and sisters - put your hope fully in the grace to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ!


Father God, we thank You for the living hope we have through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When our hearts are weighed down by the troubles of this life, lift our eyes to things above where Christ is seated at Your right hand. Help us to set our minds on the eternal realities that we cannot yet see. Give us patience and endurance now, knowing that You will complete the good work You began in us. You are able to keep us from stumbling until the Day of Jesus Christ. Thank You for sealing us with Your Spirit, the guarantee of our glorious inheritance to come. We eagerly await the redemption of our bodies and the freedom of the glory of Your children to be revealed. Come Lord Jesus! In Your mighty name, amen.

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