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Bible Study on Romans: Awaiting Glory Pt 2: Romans 8:23-25

Summary: Suffering precedes glory. Not only for the world that we live in, but for ourselves as well. We are no longer in our original condition, nor are we in our final condition. With steadfast hope, we await the final redemption of our bodies, from earthly to heavenly and from perishable to imperishable.

1. A. Where does the main context of suffering begin in Rom. 8?

B. Who suffers, and what kind of suffering is it? (Gen. 3:16-19, Isa. 24:5, Hosea 4:3, Joel 1:1 8, John 15:20, Phil. 3:10, I Pet. 1:6-9)

C. Do you have hope in the midst of your suffering? (Rom. 8:18, 15:4-5)

2. A. What do Christians already have, according to Rom. 8:23?

B. How would you explain the meaning of “the first fruits of the Spirit?” (Rom. 8:11, 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:1-5, Eph. 1:13-14)

C. What changes have you been resisting in your life, that you are now willing to allow the Holy Spirit to complete? (Prov. 4:23, Rom. 16:19)

3. A. What do Christian eagerly wait for, according to Rom. 8:23?

B. Explain the meaning of “the redemption of our body” in this verse. (I Cor. 15:35-37, Rev. 21:1-5)

C. How does the assurance of our immortal heavenly bodies in the future effect us today? (I Cor. 15:58).

4. A. What is the key word in Rom. 8:24-25 and how often is it used?

B. Explain the difference between false hope and genuine hope. (Rom. 4:13-21, Heb. 6:19-20, I John 3:1-3) Upon what is our hope for the future based? (Rom. 8:11)

C. How does the hope that you have in God effect your priorities, and the decisions you make every day?

5. A. How is the waiting of Believers characterized in Rom. 8:23?

B. Why is the groaning mention here? If it addresses the weakness of the flesh as in Rom. 7, how do we expect any victory over our sins today? (Rom. 6:1-2, Rom. 6:6-13, 6:16-18, 8:4-10).

C. Is your mind set on the flesh, or do you follow the Lord Jesus with your thoughts and actions? (Rom. 12:1-2)

For a discussion on this Bible Study go to the discussion forum: Active Bible Study or leave a comment.

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June 13, 2010 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology, Uncategorized

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