Suffering to Glory

Romans 8:18

By Pastor Craig Phelps, August 05, 2022

Introduction: Last Sunday in verse 17 Paul introduced the idea of suffering in his letter to the Romans. It might be common to all men or directed to followers of Christ. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done, some measure of suffering will be found by you in this life. But he also pointed us to a future hope, a future glory, an answer to the sufferings of this life. The answer, of course, is Jesus. If you suffer with Him on this side then you will also be glorified with Him on the other. The question he answers today in verse 18 is whether or not it will all be worth it in the end.

How might you respond to a person who doubts there is an all-loving all-powerful God because evil or suffering exists in the world?

18a For I consider

18b that the sufferings of this present time

18c are not worthy to be compared

2 Cor 12 16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer person is decaying, yet our inner person is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

18d with the glory which shall be revealed in us.