Romans 8:24-25

By Pastor Craig Phelps, August 27, 2022

Introduction: Throughout chapter 8, Paul has been describing for us what we have and who we are in Christ. This is the “already” part of our salvation. But Paul also speaks of future things in glory after Christ returns. These are the “not yet” part of our salvation. Until then, Paul describes our current circumstances as suffering, futility and worthy of groaning. In 24 and 25 he describes what gets us through it all, hope.

24a For we were saved in this hope,-

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24b but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?

25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

Discussion Questions:

• Where does the outside world see your focus fixed? In whom or what is your hope found, as they see it?

• How does that impact your ability to share Christ with them?
• What do we have to change in our lives so that we might once again be persevering as believers rather than just getting by in the world?
• How might we better reflect the first-century church that surrendered everything for the cause of the gospel because their hope truly was fully set in the promises of God and the glory to be revealed when Christ returns?