Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000051
01:12 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:14 Our Father and our God, what a joy it has been for the last
01:21 several sessions to open Your Word, and to study about
01:27 the book of Genesis.
01:28 We've been amazed to see how Your plan is revealed so clearly
01:33 in this first book of the Bible.
01:35 And as we study in our lecture today, Creation's Travail
01:43 and Deliverance, we ask for the presence of Your Holy Spirit.
01:48 Help us to understand that this world is not our home;
01:51 that this world will soon come to an end.
01:54 And then those who are faithful to You, who have received Jesus
01:59 as Savior and Lord, will be able to inhabit that kingdom
02:03 where there will be no more sorrow, no more suffering,
02:07 and no more death.
02:08 I ask that You will give us this strong, and blessed hope
02:12 in our hearts as we study.
02:13 We pray this in the precious name of Your beloved
02:17 Son, Jesus, Amen.
02:20 I'd like to begin our study today by going back to Genesis 1
02:27 where we find the story of creation.
02:30 Now I'm not going to review all the story of creation.
02:36 I'm just going to go to one verse which summarizes
02:40 the conclusion of the creation story.
02:43 It says in Genesis 1:31 that God saw all that He had made,
02:51 and behold, it was very good.
02:58 But as we've studied, God placed a test in the garden of Eden.
03:04 That test was found in a tree, and He expected Adam and Eve
03:09 to live in harmony with the specifications that
03:13 He had laid down.
03:14 Now we know from our study, that Adam and Eve failed the test.
03:21 They ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
03:24 And as a result they sinned, and the consequences of their sin
03:29 were death, and suffering, and sorrow.
03:34 Now I would like us to just reflect upon the law
03:40 of God for a moment.
03:41 The law of God, the ten commandments,
03:47 demands perfection.
03:51 It requires perfect conformity to its specifications.
03:57 Now if perfect conformity is not given to the ten commandments
04:04 then they require the death of the individual
04:09 who transgresses them.
04:11 And, of course, Adam and Eve failed the test.
04:15 They failed to offer a life of perfect obedience to the law,
04:21 and therefore they became subject to death.
04:26 But not only were Adam and Eve impacted by sin,
04:32 we actually find, as the story moves along in the book of
04:37 Genesis, that all of creation, all of nature, was impacted
04:42 by Adam and Eve's sin.
04:46 Not only do we find the death sentence falling upon man,
04:51 but also death came into all of creation in consequence of sin.
04:58 All nature began to decay and to die.
05:03 Now the only way in which creation could be restored
05:08 to the condition that it was in originally, is if man offered
05:14 a perfect life of obedience to the law, because the law says
05:19 obey and live. Adam and Eve, and their descendents, could not
05:24 offer this. And because Adam and Eve, and all of their
05:29 descendents sinned, and they could not offer that perfect
05:33 life, the law pronounced against them the sentence of death.
05:39 The human race needed someone who could offer the law
05:45 a perfect life in place of man, who had sinned,
05:51 and who would suffer the penalty of death in place
05:55 of all of humanity.
05:57 The only person who could do that was the Creator of all.
06:04 You see, only the Creator of all could offer to take the place
06:09 of all. Only He could offer a perfect life in place of the
06:15 imperfect lives of sinners.
06:18 Only He could suffer the death that every single human being
06:25 on planet earth deserves.
06:27 Only the Creator could take the place of His creatures.
06:32 And so He had to come to this world, and He had to live a
06:36 perfect life in place of His creatures, so that He could
06:40 offer this to the demands of the law.
06:42 And He had to come, and after living a perfect life,
06:45 He had to offer His life a sacrifice for all of the sins
06:50 of the human race.
06:51 And in this way the demands of the law would be satisfied,
06:56 and man instead of dying, could live.
07:00 Now I would like us to turn in our Bibles to the book of
07:04 Romans 8:3, 4, Romans 8:3, 4. It says here:
07:21 Notice the law could not justify man, because man lived a
07:25 fleshly existence; a life of sin, in other words.
07:29 The law demanded righteousness.
07:32 Man could not off that righteousness.
07:34 And so the law was weak because of our fleshly nature,
07:39 or our selfish nature.
07:40 So it says, for what the law could not do in that it was
07:44 weak through the flesh,...
07:47 See, what the law could not do, God did.
07:51 And how did He do it?
08:00 Did you notice that it didn't say, in the likeness of
08:05 Adam's sinless flesh?
08:06 It says in the likeness of sinful flesh.
08:11 And now notice,...
08:31 In other words, Jesus came to this world
08:34 to live a perfect life.
08:35 He came to this world to suffer death.
08:39 He came in the likeness of our sinful flesh.
08:44 He came with a sinful nature.
08:46 And the purpose of doing that was to condemn sin in the flesh,
08:51 that He could serve as our righteousness.
08:55 Now do you know what that means?
08:58 It, basically, means that the law demands perfection.
09:02 I can't give it, so when I receive Jesus, Jesus offers the
09:06 perfection that I cannot offer.
09:09 It also means that because I should suffer death,
09:12 the law demands my death, because I'm a sinner.
09:15 Jesus takes my place.
09:17 He died in my place, therefore I don't have to die,
09:20 because He took upon Himself my death.
09:24 But there's more!
09:25 Jesus, by His perfect life, is also able to imbue my life
09:31 with His life, so that I no longer walk according to the
09:34 flesh, but I walk according to the Spirit, as it says here.
09:39 Now I want to jump down to verse 14 of Romans 8,
09:46 and we're going to study the consequences of what Jesus
09:50 did in coming to this world in sinful flesh, to condemn sin,
09:55 and to suffer death, and to live a righteous, perfect life.
09:59 It says there in Romans 8:14:
10:06 Actually, a better translation is, as many as are being led.
10:12 It is a continuous tense.
10:26 Now let's go on to verse 15, because it's linked
10:30 with verse 14. It says there:
10:32 For, because we're the sons of God.
10:51 Now there's several things in verse 15
10:54 that I want to underline.
10:55 It says here that we no longer have the spirit of bondage.
11:02 Basically this is telling us that before we became sons,
11:08 we were what? We were slaves.
11:12 We were bond slaves.
11:14 In other words, we were not Sons of God.
11:17 We were slaves.
11:19 Now as a result of what Jesus did, we can be what?
11:27 adopted into God's family.
11:30 Now let's take a look at this.
11:32 When you're going to adopt a child, does that child have
11:38 to belong, first of all, to another family other than yours?
11:44 Of course! If you're going to adopt a child that child
11:49 previously belonged to a different family.
11:51 And so, if we are going to be adopted as Sons of God,
11:56 or as children of God, must we have belonged to a different
12:01 family before that fact? Obviously, yes.
12:05 And so the question is, what family did we belong to before
12:10 we actually were adopted into the family of God?
12:14 The answer is that before this we were slaves.
12:20 We belonged to the family of the sinful Adam.
12:26 We were doomed to death because of our sinfulness.
12:31 In other words, we belonged to the family of the slaves.
12:36 But then Jesus came along and He offered to take us from the
12:42 family of the slaves, and adopt us as children of
12:46 His very own family, and thus we changed families by adoption.
12:54 By the way, I want you to notice, and this is very
12:57 important; I want you to notice that this verse, verse 15,
13:02 tells us that we are presently Sons of God.
13:07 It doesn't say that some day we will be Sons of God, it says in
13:12 consequence of what Jesus did, we are now the Sons of God,
13:17 and we can address our God as Abba Father.
13:22 Abba is a very tender term.
13:25 Some people think it means Daddy.
13:27 We can address our heavenly Father as Daddy now,
13:31 because we have been adopted into His family.
13:35 We are no longer slaves, born into the family of Adam,
13:39 but we are now free children born into the family of God.
13:45 Notice Romans 7:14.
13:48 Here we find a description of how we were born originally.
13:53 It says:
13:59 By the way, that word carnal is the same word flesh that is
14:03 used in Romans 8.
14:10 In other words, we have sold ourselves as slaves to what?
14:14 to sin. We belong to the family of the first Adam.
14:18 But in consequence of what Jesus did, living a perfect life
14:23 in my place, offering to die, and actually dying in my place,
14:28 He offers these to me, and now as a result, I can be adopted
14:34 into God's family, and leave that old family of slaves
14:40 that I used to belong to.
14:41 Isn't this good news?
14:43 This is wonderful news.
14:45 Now lets go on to Romans 8:16, 17. It says here:
15:00 Notice once again, it doesn't say will be, it says...
15:06 What are we now as a result of what Jesus did?
15:12 Now let me ask you, do slaves inherit anything?
15:16 Slaves don't inherit because they're slaves.
15:20 Who are the ones who inherit?
15:23 children: sons and daughters.
15:27 Now notice what it continues saying.
15:32 Because we're Sons of God, we are children.
15:40 Do we have a right to inherit as children?
15:42 We most certainly do, because we've changed families.
15:45 We're no longer slaves.
15:47 We are sons and daughters of God.
15:49 And so it says, and if children, then heirs.
15:53 Now notice this: heirs of God...
16:00 Actually, who is the one who gives us the inheritance?
16:02 It is God the Father.
16:05 We're heirs of God, and we receive the inheritance
16:09 along with whom? with Jesus.
16:12 In other words, the Father gives the inheritance to Jesus,
16:16 and to us. And we're going to find a little bit later that
16:20 the reason why God the Father gives the inheritance to Jesus,
16:25 and to us, is because Jesus is the Son of God, and when we
16:29 join Jesus, we become brothers and sisters of Jesus,
16:32 and thus Sons and Daughters of God.
16:36 In other words, through Jesus we have the right to inherit
16:39 that which was lost originally.
16:42 But now there's another condition.
16:44 Notice once again verse 17.
16:55 See, there's the condition.
17:07 There's two points of time here.
17:09 Suffer with Him now, that we might be someday what?
17:13 glorified with Him.
17:15 Let me ask you, did Jesus suffer when He was on this earth?
17:19 Did He enter His glory after His victory? Yes, He did.
17:24 Now if we're following in the footsteps of Jesus,
17:27 must we suffer in this life?
17:30 We must follow the same footsteps of Jesus.
17:33 And if we overcome, as Jesus overcame, what is awaiting
17:37 for us? The glory is waiting for us, just like it was waiting for
17:42 Him. And so we have this condition.
17:44 It says, we are Sons of God, we will inherit if, indeed,
17:50 we suffer with Him.
17:52 Then someday we will be glorified with Him.
17:56 Now this theme of suffering and glory appears many times
18:00 in Holy Scripture.
18:02 Notice, for example, Matthew 5: 10, Matthew 5:10.
18:07 Let's examine some verses that speak about this idea
18:12 of suffering now, and having the glorious kingdom then.
18:15 This is one of the beatitudes that Jesus spoke
18:19 on the mount of blessing. It says here:
18:33 Did you catch that?
18:34 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness
18:38 sake, for theirs is what? the kingdom of heaven.
18:41 There you have the idea; suffering now,
18:43 and being heirs of the kingdom.
18:45 Notice 2 Timothy 2:11, 12.
18:49 Folks, when we suffer and go through tribulations,
18:52 we shouldn't grumble and complain.
18:53 We're going over the same ground that Jesus went over.
18:56 We're following in His footsteps.
18:59 You see, there's no crown of glory without a crown of thorns.
19:03 Jesus says, that we need to pick up our cross daily,
19:08 and follow Him. We have to follow in His footsteps.
19:11 And suffering is actually a blessing, because it teaches us
19:15 to depend upon God, as Jesus learned to depend upon God
19:19 in His sufferings.
19:20 It says in 2 Timothy 2:11, 12:
19:39 By the way, that the same word, the patience of the saints,
19:42 in Revelation.
19:49 But then it warns us.
19:58 Notice also Romans 8:18, Romans 8:18.
20:06 Here the apostle Paul says this:
20:14 By the way, was the apostle Paul a great sufferer?
20:17 Ha, you just read the story of his life!
20:22 He suffered from the moment that he received Jesus Christ
20:26 as his Savior and Lord.
20:27 He was shipwrecked.
20:29 They tried to stone him.
20:30 They took him for dead.
20:32 He was constantly suffering, cold, and he was constantly
20:38 having to sleep outdoors.
20:39 You know, he gives this catalog of His sufferings.
20:42 In fact, he had a physical affliction.
20:44 We don't exactly know what it was.
20:45 And he begged the Lord three times to take this affliction
20:49 away from him, and God said, My grace is sufficient for you.
20:53 So the apostle Paul says:
21:06 Do you see the idea, once again?
21:08 The sufferings of the present moment are nothing compared
21:12 to the glory which is coming in the future.
21:15 In fact, in the book, Early Writings, Ellen White had this
21:19 vision where she was transported to heaven.
21:23 And this, you know, she was transported, actually, into the
21:26 future, after Jesus comes.
21:29 And she says that they tried to remember the most trying moments
21:32 that they had while they were on this earth, and they paled into
21:37 insignificance compared to the glory of heaven where they were.
21:42 Now I want you to notice 2 Corinthians 4:17, 18;
21:46 the same idea coming through. It says there:
21:58 You say, what do you mean, Pastor Bohr, a moment?
22:02 I've been suffering for years.
22:06 Let me ask you, what are years in the context of eternity?
22:12 Ha ha, it's but a little moment, right?
22:15 For our light affliction...
22:24 What is working for us?
22:26 Our light affliction, right?
22:35 And then he says:
22:46 That's the present moment.
23:01 So what does the apostle Paul tell us?
23:03 He says, listen folks, don't worry about a little suffering
23:08 now, a little affliction, going through the same experiences
23:11 that Jesus went through.
23:13 He says, this is actually rehearsal.
23:15 This is a practice, and someday it's all going
23:19 to come to an end.
23:20 If you suffer with Jesus, you will reign with Jesus.
23:25 That's a divine promise.
23:27 We can take it to the bank.
23:28 Notice also Colossians 1:27, this same idea.
23:51 Who? When is Christ in you, later or now? Now!
23:55 So if Christ is in you now, what hope do you have?
24:04 You have the hope of glory.
24:07 Now let's go to Romans 8:19.
24:10 We're moving along the book of Romans 8, because it has so many
24:14 beautiful truths, and in a moment we're going to find
24:17 the connection with creation.
24:19 It says there in Romans 8:19:
24:32 What is creation waiting for?
24:33 Creation is waiting for the revealing of the Sons of God.
24:39 What does that mean that creation is waiting for the
24:42 revealing of the Sons of God?
24:44 Well, that little word that is translated revealing here,
24:49 is really the word apocalypse.
24:53 In other words, creation is waiting for the apocalypse
24:58 of the Sons of God.
24:59 You say, what does that mean, the apocalypse
25:02 of the Sons of God?
25:03 It means the moment when the Sons of God, we're going to
25:06 notice in the succeeding context the moment when the Sons of God
25:11 are transformed in their bodies, and they move into
25:16 Christ's glorious kingdom.
25:17 The creation is waiting that moment:
25:20 the unveiling of the Sons of God, the apocalypse of the
25:26 Sons of God, if you please.
25:28 By the way, the expression, earnest expectation,
25:32 really means, in the Greek, to await with the
25:37 head outstretched.
25:39 To await with the head outstretched.
25:42 Now have you ever had the experience that you're waiting
25:46 for someone to come, at an airport, for example, and you're
25:52 standing there on the balcony, and you want to see when they
25:56 come out of the plane.
25:57 And what you do, you stretch out your head to see
26:00 if they're coming.
26:01 You're anxious! It's an earnest expectation.
26:05 That's what this is talking about.
26:06 All creation is stretching out it's head awaiting the moment
26:11 of redemption. In fact, notice Luke 21:28.
26:16 This is a very well known verse.
26:18 This chapter is talking about the signs of the second coming
26:21 of Christ. And it says here: Now when these things begin
26:26 to happen, that is the signs, look up and do what?
26:32 and lift up your heads for your what? for your redemption
26:39 draweth nigh. See, there it is, the earnest expectation,
26:44 sticking the neck out, just waiting for your hope
26:49 to be fulfilled. All of creation is waiting for this moment.
26:54 Now lets go to Romans 8:20.
26:57 This is a powerful verse.
26:59 There's several things that we need to say about it.
27:01 It says there:
27:07 Let me stop there for a moment.
27:09 The creation was. Is this a past moment? Was? Yes.
27:15 In fact in the Greek it is a punctiliar past.
27:19 It happened at a specific moment in the past.
27:23 So notice, For the creation was, at a specific point in the past.
27:29 What happened with it?
27:31 It was what? subjected, notice it was subjected.
27:37 What does that mean, it was subjected?
27:39 It means that somebody else what? somebody else subjected
27:45 creation. It did not subject itself.
27:47 In other words, what happened at creation, was not the fault
27:50 of creation. It was the fault of someone else.
27:53 And so it says, for the creation was at a specific point
27:58 in the past subjected to what? to futility.
28:04 What happened with creation at a certain point in the past?
28:08 It was subjected by someone to what? to futility.
28:12 Now allow me to give you some synonyms of what futility means.
28:17 It means, and these are synonyms that the Greek Lexicon gives;
28:22 the Greek dictionary.
28:24 It means aimlessness, frustration, vanity,
28:34 meaninglessness, emptiness, purposelessness.
28:42 In other words, creation was subjected at a moment past
28:48 by someone to aimlessness, frustration, vanity,
28:53 meaninglessness, emptiness, purposelessness.
28:58 And now what does the verse say?
29:00 What is the next expression?
29:02 Not what? Not willingly.
29:05 Is nature to blame for this?
29:08 Is creation to blame for this?
29:10 No, somebody did something in the punctiliar past that led
29:16 creation to futility, and it was not the will of creation
29:21 that this happened.
29:22 And so it says, not willingly, but because of him
29:28 who subjected it.
29:30 Was there someone who subjected creation to futility?
29:33 Absolutely. But was it really subjected to
29:37 futility without hope?
29:39 No, because the last part of the verse says that it was
29:42 subjected in what?
29:46 It was subjected in hope.
29:49 In other words, the aimlessness, the purposelessness, the vanity
29:54 that is taking place in creation is not going to end
30:00 on a negative note, on a sour note, because it was subjected
30:04 by this person in the past, in hope.
30:08 Now who was this individual who subjected creation to futility,
30:13 or to purposelessness, or to aimlessness,
30:16 or to vanity, or to emptiness?
30:19 It was actually a man called Adam.
30:25 Notice Romans 5:12, Romans 5:12. It says there:
30:51 Let me ask you, how was it that sin entered into the world
30:55 and led creation to futility?
30:58 It was through the sin of what? of one man, and after he sinned,
31:04 all of humanity also what? also sinned.
31:10 Now allow me to read you a very interesting statement that we
31:13 find in our second textbook, Patriarchs and Prophets,
31:16 page 62. This is a real sad statement.
31:21 It makes me sad when I read it, because I can imagine what it
31:25 must have been for Adam.
31:26 You know, he lived in the garden of Eden with Eve.
31:29 Everything was perfect.
31:30 Everything was beautiful.
31:31 There was no suffering.
31:33 There was no death.
31:34 And then suddenly we have this.
31:36 Once again, page 62.
31:38 As they, witnessed in drooping flower,
31:44 and falling leaf the first signs of decay, Adam and his companion
31:53 mourned more deeply than men now mourn over their dead.
31:59 Did you catch that?
32:02 Just, according to this, from the drooping flower,
32:07 and the falling leaf.
32:08 They mourned more than we mourn for our dead, because they lived
32:14 in a perfect world.
32:15 Imagine what it must have been like for Adam to sacrifice
32:18 those first animals for sin.
32:20 It was terrible!
32:22 She continues saying, that death of the frail, delicate flowers
32:28 was indeed a cause of sorrow, but when the goodly trees cast
32:34 off their leaves, the scene brought vividly to mind
32:39 the stern fact that death is the portion of every living thing.
32:45 You see, the sin of Adam and Eve impacted all of creation.
32:52 You know, right before I came to the lecture tonight,
32:55 my wife came to me, actually yesterday morning,
32:57 just to give you a little context.
32:59 Yesterday morning my wife and I, we do yard work, and we were
33:03 outside and, you know, she wanted to rearrange some of the
33:07 branches of a rose bush that runs across the top of a
33:12 kind of a trestle type thing, and when she was moving it
33:16 she noticed that there was a birds nest.
33:19 But it was too late, and so she pushed the nest, and a little,
33:23 little tiny bird, just a little baby bird, fell out of the nest.
33:28 But interestingly enough, he got caught in the rose bush
33:31 by his beak, and he was just hanging there.
33:36 And my wife, you know, called me urgently to come and rescue
33:40 the little bird. And so I got the ladder.
33:43 I came, I took the little bird and I went up the ladder,
33:47 of course, and I looked inside the nest, and there was another
33:50 little bird there.
33:51 And so I put that little bird next to the other one, and they
33:54 were there, and a little bit later on the mother came,
33:57 and we said, well, this is so wonderful.
33:58 And you say, well, this is a wonderful story.
34:01 I wish I could tell you that the story ends this way.
34:04 But right before I came here, my wife said that our cat
34:08 Ghandi, somehow got up there and killed the two little birds.
34:14 Now I don't know about you, but that really makes me suffer.
34:19 Do you know that even God suffers when a bird
34:21 falls out of a tree?
34:22 You know, when I look at this cat that comes out here.
34:26 You've probably seen this cat.
34:27 You know, I have my class on Sabbath morning, and that cat
34:31 comes and wants to be fed.
34:34 I don't know whether it's just that she wants to be fed,
34:37 or she loves me. But anyway, probably a combination
34:40 of both things, because she comes and she lays down,
34:43 and I pet her, you know, I pet her belly.
34:45 She's a real nice cat, real kind cat.
34:48 But when you think that she sleeps outside every night,
34:53 is that the way that God planned it? that she be dirty,
34:57 and starving if somebody doesn't feed her?
35:00 Of course not. And, by the way, if my wife had her way we'd have
35:04 adopted this cat a long time ago.
35:07 We used to have seven.
35:09 Three of them died.
35:10 We still have four.
35:11 And we have a rat, and we have a mouse, and I don't know what
35:15 other kinds of animals we have in the house,
35:17 because my daughter, Jennifer, she was able to keep two of
35:22 those cats we have now, which are adults;
35:24 she was able to keep them under wraps in her bedroom for a whole
35:29 month before I even knew that they were there.
35:32 And one day here comes running out these two little cats.
35:36 I said, Where did these come from?
35:38 And then she told me the story of how she had adopted the two
35:42 kittens. And, of course, we have the two.
35:45 One of them is Ghandi and the other one's name is Alien,
35:49 believe it or not.
35:50 But anyway, it wasn't God's plan that cats kill birds,
35:56 and that animals slaughter one another.
35:59 It was Adam's sin that led all of creation to futility,
36:05 and to suffering, and to sorrow, and to death.
36:09 Now let's go to Romans 8:21, Romans 8:21. It says here:
36:18 Because the creation itself also will be what?
36:25 Not only will human beings, but it says the creation itself
36:31 also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the
36:36 glorious liberty of the children of God.
36:38 What happens when the children of God enter into that glorious
36:43 liberty? All of creation will what?
36:46 All of creation will also itself be delivered from bondage.
36:52 Are you looking forward to that day?
36:54 Can you imagine the day when a lamb and a lion
36:58 lie down together?
37:00 Can you imagine when a child, like it says in Isaiah,
37:06 picks up a poisonous snake, and the poisonous snake doesn't
37:10 do anything to the little child?
37:12 That's the way things are going to be once again,
37:15 like they were originally, because when the children of
37:19 God are restored, all of creation will also be restored.
37:24 When Adam sinned all of creation was subjected
37:27 by Adam to futility.
37:30 In Revelation 21:4 we have this wonderful verse about what
37:35 that time will be like.
37:37 The glorious moment when creation will be restored
37:42 and redeemed by Jesus.
37:46 It says there in Revelation 21:4:
37:54 Are you looking forward to that day?
37:56 You know, since I've been in this church there's been a lot
37:59 of tears; a lot of saints that have died in the Lord.
38:02 And at funerals there are a lot of tears, but I tell you what,
38:05 there is hope. For those who have died in Christ
38:09 there is hope, because it says God will wipe away every
38:12 tear from their eyes.
38:23 Isn't that wonderful?
38:25 No more pain pills!
38:26 The pharmacy's will be out of business!
38:29 No more hospital visits, no more HMO's, no more nurses.
38:35 Elaine will be out of work.
38:39 No more medical doctors.
38:43 But there will be Bible teachers, because we'll tell
38:49 the story of redemption in the far away worlds.
38:54 We'll explain what it means to be redeemed.
38:58 And they'll hear it with their ears, and they won't be able to
39:02 fully understand it, because they have not gone through
39:05 the experience. And it says, there shall be no more pain,
39:09 for the former things have passed away.
39:15 And now notice chapter 8 and verse 22:
39:30 What condition is creation in?
39:32 It is groaning and moaning, because it is
39:36 having birth pangs.
39:37 Let me ask you, is childbirth a painful experience
39:41 to those women who have been through it?
39:43 It most certainly is.
39:45 But is the end result worth it? Absolutely!
39:49 Is creation going through pain and agony, and suffering,
39:54 and travail now? It is!
39:56 But someday it will enter the deliverance,
39:59 the glorious deliverance, along with the children of God.
40:03 Incidentally, as we look at the world today, all creation seems
40:09 to be falling apart.
40:10 Everything seems to be subject to death, and to decay.
40:16 Animals kill each other.
40:19 Waterways are polluted.
40:22 The air is poisoned.
40:25 The ozone layer is destroyed.
40:28 Natural disasters proliferate, like the Tsunami;
40:32 incredible pictures!
40:34 You know, I've never seen anything like that.
40:37 It seemed like it was the days of Noah all over again.
40:40 Accidents take place, wars between nations, famines,
40:46 diseases, all nature seems to be moving to disintegration and
40:51 annilation. Nature is groaning and is in travail waiting
40:57 for the moment of the redemption of God's people,
40:59 because when God's people are redeemed, nature and creation
41:03 will be redeemed along with them.
41:06 Notice Romans 8:23, Romans 8:23.
41:12 We apparently have a contradiction here
41:14 with something that we studied before.
41:16 Notice what it says in Romans 8:23:
41:21 Not only creation; not only is creation groaning...
41:45 Now do you see the problem here?
41:47 We already read that we have been adopted as God's children,
41:53 but here it says that we are groaning and awaiting the moment
41:58 of our what? of our adoption, which is the redemption
42:02 of our body. You say, how do you understand that we were adopted,
42:07 and yet we're eagerly groaning and waiting for the moment
42:10 of our adoption, which is the redemption of our body?
42:15 It's actually very simple to explain.
42:16 You see, we have already been legally adopted by Jesus.
42:22 If we receive Jesus as our Savior, and as our Lord,
42:26 His life stands in place of our lives.
42:29 His death stands in place of our death.
42:32 We have the first fruits of the Spirit.
42:35 In other words, we have Jesus.
42:38 We have the guarantee that someday Jesus is going
42:41 to take us home, so the adoption ceremony,
42:45 the legal papers have been signed.
42:47 It's just a matter of Jesus coming to the orphanage
42:51 and taking His children home.
42:53 How about it? So we have been legally adopted.
42:56 We have the first fruits of the Spirit, but we're just awaiting
43:01 the moment when Jesus comes to take His children home.
43:06 Praise the Lord! Allow me to read you some Biblical passages
43:11 about this glorious moment; the redemption of our body.
43:15 You know the Greeks could never buy this idea.
43:17 The redemption of the body?
43:20 Who wants a body to be redeemed?
43:22 They said the soul, that's what really counts.
43:25 Notice what Job had to say.
43:27 Job 19:25-27, Job 19:25-27. Here Job says:
43:39 In the connection with what we just studied; we're waiting for
43:42 the what? for the redemption of our body. Job says:
44:14 Was Job groaning for the moment of the redemption of his body?
44:19 He most certainly was.
44:21 And he says, I know my redeemer lives, and even though my skin
44:26 and my body disintegrates, he says, I know that I will
44:30 very soon, someday, see God.
44:32 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 describes this moment of the
44:38 redemption of our body.
44:39 And when our body is redeemed all nature will be redeemed.
44:43 The apostle Paul says, Now this I say, brethren,...
45:39 You know, that's what God's people are going to sing
45:41 when they come forth from the grave.
45:43 They're actually going to say, Oh death, where is your sting?
45:47 Oh Hades...(or Oh grave), where is your victory?
45:52 One of the texts, which is my absolute favorites in scripture,
45:56 (I have two or three that are really favorites, and this is
45:59 one of them), Philippians 3:20, 21.
46:03 It describes the same moment of the redemption of our body,
46:07 when, actually, Jesus is going to take His children home.
46:11 The children that He legally adopted by what He did when He
46:14 came to this world, by condemning sin in the flesh,
46:16 by suffering our death, by living a perfect life.
46:19 At this moment He's actually going to take His people home.
46:24 It says in Philippians 3:20:
46:30 Where is our citizenship? in heaven.
46:38 What does it say next?
46:42 See, there's the same expression of Romans 8.
47:05 Our body will be transformed into the likeness
47:09 of His glorious body.
47:11 Now here's the question: how can we be sure that this is true?
47:16 How can we be sure that the moment is coming when Jesus
47:21 is going to transform this lowly, corrupted, weak,
47:26 mortal body, into the likeness of His glorious body?
47:29 Is this just some type of wishful thinking?
47:33 The answer is no.
47:37 You see, it says in Romans 8 that God has given us
47:41 the first fruits. Do you know what the first fruits is?
47:46 Go with me to 1 Corinthians 15: 23, 1 Corinthians 15:23.
47:54 God has given us the first fruits, and this guarantees
47:57 that what He has promised is going to take place.
48:00 It says there in 1 Corinthians 15:23:
48:16 Who is the first fruits?
48:17 The first fruits is Jesus.
48:19 Let me ask you, did Jesus go to the grave? He did.
48:23 Did He come forth from the grave glorified?
48:27 Yes, because Jesus lives, we will what?
48:31 we will live also.
48:33 In other words, the resurrection of Jesus as the first fruits,
48:37 is really the security deposit.
48:44 It is the down payment.
48:46 It is the guarantee, if you please, that when He comes,
48:52 we will go through His same experience.
48:54 In other words, what He did in the past determines
48:58 what He will do in the future.
49:00 He's made the down payment.
49:03 He is the first fruits.
49:04 He went to the grave.
49:06 He took the keys.
49:07 He opened the grave from the inside, and He came out
49:10 and said, I am the resurrection and the life, and therefore we
49:14 know that because He lives, we will also live,
49:18 though we die. This is wonderful news.
49:22 Notice Ephesians 1:13, 14, Ephesians 1:13, 14.
49:27 Here we have the idea of the down payment.
49:33 Do you know what the down payment is?
49:34 It's the Holy Spirit.
49:36 How does Jesus abide in us?
49:39 Jesus abides in us through whom? through the Holy Spirit.
49:44 So Christ is the first fruits and He abides in our hearts
49:48 through the Holy Spirit, and this gives us the guarantee
49:51 that He's going to come through.
49:53 By the way, do you think Jesus is going to
49:56 lose His down payment?
49:57 Do you think Jesus is going to lose His security deposit?
50:01 Of course not! If He paid, He's going to take His people home.
50:06 Notice Ephesians 1:13, 14.
50:22 Now this is the key.
50:44 What is the down payment, or the deposit that Jesus has
50:48 placed as a guarantee that someday we will get the lost
50:53 possession? It is according to this, the Holy Spirit.
50:58 Jesus has put down the down payment.
51:02 Notice Romans 8:11, Romans 8:11 bears this same idea. It says:
51:19 Notice, if the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead
51:22 dwells in us. Does that have any implications for us?
51:27 Notice what it continues saying.
51:39 In other words, this text says, if the Spirit that resurrected
51:44 Jesus is in you, that same Spirit, very soon, if you should
51:48 die, will what? will resurrect you from the dead as well.
51:53 And that's the reason why we shouldn't fear death.
51:57 You know some people are so afraid of death.
52:00 Listen, if we're in Christ, we have no reason to fear death.
52:04 And you know, actually, when people die in the Lord,
52:08 you know, sometimes it's a good experience for them,
52:12 because they rest from their labors, according to what
52:16 Revelation 14:13 has to say.
52:19 You know, the way some Christians behave at funerals,
52:22 makes me wonder.
52:23 You know, they cry in Latin America particularly?
52:27 I've seen some Adventists who have come and they've actually
52:30 grabbed onto the casket, and they don't want the casket
52:35 to be buried. And the fact is that the person who died,
52:39 you know, that they died in Jesus.
52:42 And so we don't have to fear, because the time of the
52:45 redemption of our body, the glorious redemption of the
52:47 Sons of God is coming.
52:49 And, by the way, when the glorious day of the resurrection
52:53 comes, then creation will also be restored to it's original
52:59 condition. Let's go to Romans 8: 24, Romans 8:24.
53:06 Here the apostle Paul says this:
53:12 See, we were saved, that's past, in this hope,
53:17 that's future, but now notice:
53:30 In other words, if we were already in heaven,
53:33 would we need hope?
53:35 You know, if we are already in heaven, and I say, Oh, I hope
53:39 I get to heaven someday.
53:40 See, that's ridiculous, because you don't have to hope for
53:44 what you already have.
53:45 You don't have to hope for that which you see, you hope for
53:50 that which you cannot see.
53:51 But I want you to notice that this hope is built upon a solid
53:56 foundation of what Jesus has done, and the fact that He has
54:00 given us His Holy Spirit.
54:03 Notice Romans 8:25, Romans 8:25.
54:09 The apostle Paul continues this idea of hope. He says:
54:16 By the way, that's the future kingdom,
54:18 the redemption of the body.
54:32 Do you know what that word perseverance is?
54:35 It's the Greek word hupomone, which means enduring patience.
54:42 It's the same word that is translated in Revelation 13:9
54:49 and Revelation 14:12, Here is the patience of the saints.
54:56 In other words, it is a perseverance, according to this.
55:00 And so the apostle Paul is saying, If we hope for what we
55:04 do not see, which is the kingdom that is going to come,
55:07 we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
55:11 In other words, we don't give up.
55:13 We hang in there, no matter the trials, and tribulations,
55:16 and sufferings, and difficulties, we hang in there,
55:18 because Jesus has guaranteed it through giving us
55:22 the down payment of His Holy Spirit.
55:25 Finally, let's go to verses 29 and 32, verses 29 and 32.
55:32 It says here:
55:40 See, there's going to be a group of people who are going to be
55:43 conformed to the image of Christ.
55:52 Does Jesus have brothers and sisters? Does He? Yes.
55:58 And I've mentioned this before.
55:59 This is a marvelous thing.
56:00 See, when I get baptized, and I receive Jesus as my Savior,
56:04 I become the brother, or the sister of Jesus.
56:07 Then Jesus comes to His Father and He says, Father, I have a
56:10 new brother. I have a new sister.
56:12 The Father says, Oh, is that right?
56:14 You have a new brother, a new sister?
56:15 Well, if he's your Brother, and You're my Son,
56:19 then he's my Son, too.
56:21 If she's your sister, and You're her brother, than she also
56:28 is my child. That's what Jesus meant when He said,
56:31 I am the way, the truth, and the life.
56:34 No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
56:37 We become brothers and sisters of Jesus, and through Jesus
56:41 we become Sons and Daughters of God.
56:44 And finally, verse 32: He who did not...
56:55 See, He did it for us all.
56:58 What Jesus did was in our place.
57:10 ...some things. Ah, thank you very much.
57:14 Why, if He gave His own Son, and we're the brothers and
57:19 sisters of Jesus, why will He not give us all things?