Monday, January 28, 2019

The Inward Groans 1

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Romans 8:23, 26 (NET)
Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how we should pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with inexpressible groanings.

Those who have the first fruits of the Spirit groan inwardly as they eagerly await the adoption (the resurrection of the dead) which would transform their lowly bodies into glorious bodies that can reveal our true nature as sons of God. They groan inwardly because they understand that the best of God's glory they can experience while in this body of flesh is but a foretaste--a firstfruit of the things to come.

It is in this same way and to this same end that the Spirit groans for us and helps us in our weakness and causes all things to work together for our good.

This present life we have here on earth is very temporal, but we are eternal beings. Our time here is like a drop of water in the ocean of eternity. It wouldn't be wise to spend our lives on things that have only earthly value when we have been given the opportunity to invest in things of eternal value (see Matt 6:19-21).

Those who groan inwardly do so because they understand the hope for which they have been called. The eyes of their understanding are being enlightened to see the riches of their inheritance in Christ (see Ephesians 1:18).

Go into today asking the Lord to open the eyes of your understanding to see the riches of your inheritance in Christ.

Ephesians 1:18 (KJV)
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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