“. . . we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” –Romans 8:23-25
Hope for what we do not see, the redemption of our bodies. We’re living in the already and the not yet, souls already redeemed, already sons and heirs of God with Christ, yet groaning under the curse of sin in our flesh.
We don’t yet see our diseases healed; our bodies betray us, sick and broken. We don’t yet see our desires set right; we long for and love the things we should hate.
This is the realm of decay and degeneracy, the realm of bondage and injustice. We can’t see the redemption and righteousness yet, and with creation we groan.
But. We. Have. Been. Saved.
Saved in hope of ultimate restoration. And He has given His Spirit to testify to our current salvation and ultimate redemption. And that Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding for us when we know not how to pray, what to ask.
And with such a Helper, what shall we say? Nothing — nothing will be able to separate us from His love. On the strength of the love which I can see made Christ a curse for me, I can hope for what I do not see and wait for it with patience.
Today I join Kate Motaung to write on her prompt, hope. Click the photo above to go to her site, read more posts on hope, or join in yourself.
©2015 by Stacy Nott