December 3, 2017
Paul begins his discussion of hope by looking at the future, reminding us that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory of what God will do for us and through us. We long for the day when the effects of sin are no longer active in our world. We wait eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters and the redemption of our bodies. We have the “first fruits” of the spirit, we have a glimpse of what God has promised, but we will have it in fullness when Christ returns. Living in hope is a different way of living which takes God’s strength. All other hopes aside from God will only disappoint us. God sent His son that we might have hope and a future.