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Discuss the tough questions relating to the Christian Faith. Present the Scripture in an interdenominational fashion demonstrating those things we hold in common and provoking thought whenever possible. Hopefully you will find things here that will encourage you to study more deeply that all of Scripture will be at home in your heart.


The Counterfeit

There are a great many in this world who possess a faith which is so similar to a genuine saving faith that they themselves are deceived.  Those around them may also consider this faith genuine even those who may have the gift of discernment. There was a man named Simon Magus.

"Then Simon himself believed and was baptized.  He began following Philip wherever he went, and he was amazed by the signs and great miracles Philip performed." (Acts 8:13 NLT).

His faith expressed itself in such a way that is was mistaken by Philip who considered him to be a Christian.   But subsequently the Apostle Peter said:

"You can have no part in this, for your heart is not right with God… for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin." (Acts 8:21, 23 NLT).

Arthur W. Pink, Practical Christianity (paraphrase mine)

We forget that we are the proud owners of a reprobate mind (Romans 1).  We are fully capable of creating a false salvation in the power of the flesh.  But the truth remains that our righteousness is but filthy rags.  We have lost our ability to do anything that pleases the Lord except that which is done by faith.  So faith is the organ that the Lord must grow in our bosom until the innermost man is strong and the outer man is weak.

We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. (Isaiah 64:6 NLT)


Lack of Assurance 2

Another reason for lack of assurance is that we tend to trust our feelings rather than the Word of God.  We somehow expect some kind of continuous emotional bliss.  When this is missing the doubts begin to come.  We have to be committed to Christ and His finished work at Calvary.  The Apostle Paul told the Philippian church:

"And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus." Phil 1:6 The Good News Bible

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, "Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced."
(Romans 10:10-11 NLT)

Since salvation is in Christ, the next logical progression of though ought to be whether or not He is sufficient to keep us.  One might consider this a rhetorical question.  However, this is a question that must be answered in your own mind lest you wander through life as a sheep without a shepherd.  Prayerful consideration of the Word of God ought be your daily bread.  As you eat you will find the assurance of things unseen.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)


Romans 8:24 - Hope
By hope (τῇ ἐλπίδι)  Better in hope. We are saved by faith. See on 1Peter 1:3.  Hope - not hope.  Here the word is used of the object of hope. See Colossians 1:5; 1Timothy 1:1; Hebrews 6:18.

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (NET)

Col 1:5 Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel (NET)

1Ti 1:1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, (NET)

Heb 6:18 so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. (NET)
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? (NASB)
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (KJV)
We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don't need to hope for it. (NLT)
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? (NET)
Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don't need to hope for it. (NLT96)

No matter how you slice it, we have hope of the future when we shall be with Christ.  Perhaps the New Living Translation, First Edition (NLT96) captures the language for modern thought.  Deliverance received is hope now for our future estate.  We see now (as through a dark glass) but a little light.  However, the light of future glory is nevertheless seen.  It is the lamp of hope burning in our hearts, a gift of God's presence.

For we are saved by hope - It cannot be said that hope is the instrument or condition of salvation.  Most commentators have understood this as meaning that we have as yet attained salvation only in hope; that we have arrived only to a condition in which we hope for future glory; and that we are in an attitude of waiting for the future state of adoption. But perhaps the word “saved” may mean here simply, we are kept, preserved, sustained in our trials, by hope.  Our trials are so great that nothing but the prospect of future deliverance would uphold us; and the prospect is sufficient to enable us to bear them with patience.  This is the proper meaning of the word “save”; and it is often thus used in the New Testament; see Matthew 8:25; Matthew 16:25; Mark 3:4; Mark 8:35.  The Syriac renders this, “For by hope we live.” The Arabic, “We are preserved by hope.” Hope thus sustains the soul in the midst of trims, and enables it to bear them without a complaint. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Mat 8:25 The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" (NLT)
Mat 16:25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it. (NLT)
Mar 3:4 Then He turned to His critics and asked, "Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil?  Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?"  But they wouldn't answer Him. (NLT)
Mar 8:35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for My sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. (NLT)

Romans 8:23 - Eagerly Waiting
The world is one where beauty fades and loveliness decays; it is a dying world; but it is waiting for its liberation from all this and the coming of the state of glory. (William Barclay)
And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. (NASB)
And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV)
And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering.  We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as His adopted children, including the new bodies He has promised us. (NLT)
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. (NET)

It is the longing of my heart to be with Christ.  This is an attitude shared among all those who have been redeemed by His blood.  Is it not considered part of love to be with Him who first loved us? Though we now experience the foretaste of what is to come by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we long for the fruition of the promise and are assured our hope will not lead to disappointment.

Rom 8:23
The first fruits (tēn aparchēn).  Old and common metaphor.  Of the Spirit (tou pneumatos).  The genitive of apposition.  The Holy Spirit came on the great Pentecost and his blessings continue as seen in the “gifts” in 1 Corinthians 12-14, in the moral and spiritual gifts of Galatians 5:22.  And greater ones are to come (1Corinthians 15:44.).  (WORD PICTURES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT by Archibald Thomas Robertson)
Rom 5:5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment.  For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. (NLT)
2Co 5:5 God Himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee He has given us His Holy Spirit. (NLT)
Eph 1:14 The Spirit is God's guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He promised and that He has purchased us to be His own people.  He did this so we would praise and glorify Him. (NLT)
Eph 5:9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. (NLT)

Romans 8:22 - The State of Everything
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now — If for man’s sake alone the earth was cursed, it cannot surprise us that it should share in his recovery. (A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown)

 

For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. (NASB)
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (KJV)
For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (NLT)
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers together until now. (NET)
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. (ESV)

What a sad state of affairs.  The condition of everything is bondage and corruption.  Could we not understand that the fall from the garden changed all.  The future redemption will again be for all.  Therefore, all groans.  For us who belong to Christ we have our earnest expectation of His return and the new heave and new earth that will not be afflicted nor in need of groaning but rather praise to the glory of the Son.

However, this groaning is not a useless thing: Paul compared it to a woman in travail.  There is pain, but the pain will end when the child is delivered.  One day creation will be delivered, and the groaning creation will become a glorious creation!  The believer does not focus on today’s sufferings; he looks forward to tomorrow’s glory (Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:15–18).  Today’s groaning bondage will be exchanged for tomorrow’s glorious liberty! (The Bible exposition commentary)
He had said (Romans 8:20-21) that the condition of a Christian was one of bondage and servitude.  It was an imperfect, humiliating state; one attended with pain, sorrow, and death.  This might be regarded as a melancholy description, and the question might arise, why was not the Christian at once delivered from this?  The answer is in this verse.  “It is just the condition of everything.”  It is the manifest principle on which God governs the world.  The whole creation is in just this condition; and we are not to be surprised, therefore, if it is the condition of the believer.  It is a part of the universal system of things; it accords with everything we see; and we are not to be surprised that the church exists on the same principle of administration; in a state of bondage, imperfection, sorrow, and sighing for deliverance. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which the creature has contracted by the fall of man: the creation is sullied and stained, much of the beauty of the world gone.  There is an enmity of one creature to another; they are all subject to continual alteration and decay of the individuals, liable to the strokes of God's judgments upon man.  When the world was drowned, and almost all the creatures in it, surely then it was subject to vanity indeed.  The whole species of creatures is designed for, and is hastening to, a total dissolution by fire.  And it is not the least part of their vanity and bondage that they are used, or abused rather, by men as instruments of sin. (Matthew Henry)
2Pe 3:13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God's righteousness. (NLT)
Jer 12:11 They have made it an empty wasteland; I hear its mournful cry. The whole land is desolate, and no one even cares. (NLT)

Romans 8:21 - From Bondage to Liberty
The creation itself (autē hē ktisis).  It is the hope of creation, not of the Creator.  Nature “possesses in the feeling of her unmerited suffering a sort of presentiment of her future deliverance” (Godet). (WORD PICTURES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT by Archibald Thomas Robertson)
that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (NASB)
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (KJV)
the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. (NLT)
that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of decay into the glorious freedom of God's children. (NET)

From bondage to liberty.  Herein lies the true concept of freedom. We often consider our freedom as an ability to do.  But the Scriptural freedom is liberty, the deliverance from the oppression and bondage of corruption.  The world system is a system held in corruption and it can and does entrap those who would hear the call her sirens.  But the promise kept, the prayer answered, is that Christ in us is greater than the world and greater still than our fallen desires.  This is not intestinal fortitude, nor anything else that can be conjured up from the flesh or the latent power of the soul.  Rather it is the true and eternal God flowing like a river of living water through the valley of dry bones that moment by moment brings us back to life.

And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world's corruption caused by human desires. (2 Peter 1:4 NLT)
From the bondage of corruption - This does not differ materially from “vanity,” Romans 8:20. It implies that this state is not a willing state, or not a condition of choice, but is one of bondage or servitude (see Romans 7:15-24); and that it is a corrupt, imperfect, perishing condition. It is one that leads to sin, and temptation, and conflict and anxiety. It is a condition often which destroys the peace, mars the happiness, dims the hope, enfeebles the faith, and weakens the love of Christians, and this is called the bondage of corruption. It is also one in which temporal death has dominion, and in the bondage of which, believers as well as unbelievers shall be held. Yet from all this bondage the children of God shall be delivered. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
The glorious liberty - Greek, The freedom of the glory of the children of God. This is,
(1) “Liberty.” It is freedom from the bondage under which the Christian groans. It will be freedom from sin; from corruption; from evil desires; from calamity; from death. The highest “freedom “in the universe is that which is enjoyed in heaven, where the redeemed are under the sovereignty and government of their king, but where they do that, and that only, which they desire. All is slavery but the service of God; all is bondage but that law which accords with the supreme wish of the soul, and where commands accord with the perfect desires of the heart.
(2) this is glorious liberty. It is encompassed with majesty; attended with honor; crowned with splendor. The heavenly world is often described as a state of glory; Note, Romans 2:10. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate.  But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.  So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.  And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  I want to do what is right, but I can't. I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.  But if I do what I don't want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.  I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind.  This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.  Oh, what a miserable person I am!  Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? (Romans 7:15-24 NLT)
But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. (Romans 2:10 NLT)

Romans 8:20 - Vanity Inflicted
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to (x) vanity, not (y) willingly, but by reason (z) of him who hath subjected [the same] in (a) hope,
(x) Is subject to a vanishing and disappearing state.
(y) Not by their natural inclination.
(z) That they should obey the Creator's commandment, whom it pleased to show by their sickly state, how greatly he was displeased with man.
(a) God would not make the world subject to be cursed forever because of the sin of man, but gave it hope that it would be restored. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope (NASB)
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, (KJV)
Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse. But with eager hope, (NLT)
For the creation was subjected to futility — not willingly but because of God who subjected it — in hope (NET)

We must be mindful of the literal genesis of our current estate.  When our parents fell from their paradisiacal estate, the whole creation became subject to the fall as well.  We see in the Scriptural account a host of first words, "thorns, thistles, sweat, ect., that are indicative of the pain cause by sin and the judgment justly delivered.  But we have hope that this will not remain forever but for a season.  So let us be busy making sure that none should perish.  Let us be swift of foot delivering the words of life by our words, by our actions and by the witness of our whole life.  Lives that have been delivered from the marketplace of sin into the glorious resurrection light.  Let us be the purveyors of this hope to a lost and dying world.

The word “vanity” here ματαιότης mataiotēs is descriptive of the present condition of the Christian, as frail and dying; as exposed to trials, temptations, and cares; as in the midst of conflicts, and of a world which may be emphatically pronounced vanity.  More or less, the Christian is brought under this influence; his joys are marred; his peace is discomposed; his affections wander; his life is a life of vanity and vexation. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Rom 8:20
For the creature was made subject to vanity - The Gentile world were subject to vanity of mind; but how? not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same.  May we not say, it became vain willingly, but was made subject to vanity unwillingly?  For, let us recur to the origin of Gentilism, the confusion of languages, by reason of the attempt to build the tower of Babel; and though there are some passages in the gloss of the Targumists upon this matter that are sufficiently ridiculous, yet as to their scope and design they are worthy of notice.  “They said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, and let its head reach unto the top of heaven; and let us make a house of worship in the top of it; and let us put a sword in his hand that he may wage war for us against our enemies, before we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”  It is an ancient tradition among the Jews, that this tower was built on an idolatrous account.  The confusion of tongues, by which true religion was lost in the world, is a proof that the builders of this tower sinned against God in the highest degree.  They were inclined to vanity, i.e. idolatry, Willingly; but they were subjected to vanity Unwillingly; for this proceeded from the just indignation and vengeance of God.  From this time the world lay under heathenism till the bringing in of the Gospel, upwards of 2000 years after.  See Lightfoot. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity,.... This designs the vanity and emptiness of the minds of the Gentiles, who were without God and Christ, and the Holy Spirit, without the law and Gospel, and grace of God; also the vain conceits they had of themselves, of their wisdom, knowledge, learning, and eloquence; likewise their vain philosophy, particularly their gross idolatry, their polytheism, or worshipping of many gods; together with their divers lusts and vices, to which they were addicted, to such a degree, that they might be truly said to be made subject thereunto, being under the government of these things, slaves unto them, and in such subjection, as that they could not deliver themselves from it. (Dr. John Gill)
was made subject to vanity, not willingly — that is, through no natural principle of decay.  The apostle, personifying creation, represents it as only submitting to the vanity with which it was smitten, on man’s account, in obedience to that superior power which had mysteriously linked its destinies with man’s. (A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown)
There is an impurity, deformity, and infirmity, which has come upon the creature by the fall of man. There is an enmity of one creature to another.  And they are used, or abused rather, by men as instruments of sin. (Matthew Henry)
For the creature was made subject to vanity.  The creation was subjected to vanity; i. e., became empty; lost its original significance.  The Greek word rendered "vanity," means "to seek without finding." God placed "the creation" under man's dominion, and when man fell the whole was subject to vanity by God. (The People's New Testament (1891) by B. W. Johnson)
To vanity (tēi mataiotēti).  Dative case. Rare and late word, common in lxx.  From mataios, empty, vain. Eph 4:17; 2Pe 2:18. (WORD PICTURES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT by Archibald Thomas Robertson)
Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (KJV)
2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. (KJV)
Gen 3:17-19 And to the man He said, "Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you.  All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.  It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains.  By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return." (NLT)
Gen 6:13 So God said to Noah, "I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence.  Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! (NLT)
Job 12:6-12 But robbers are left in peace, and those who provoke God live in safety—though God keeps them in His power.  "Just ask the animals, and they will teach you.  Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.  Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you.  Let the fish in the sea speak to you.  For they all know that my disaster has come from the hand of the LORD.  For the life of every living thing is in His hand, and the breath of every human being. (NLT)
Isa 24:5-6 The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God's instructions, violated His laws, and broken His everlasting covenant.  Therefore, a curse consumes the earth.  Its people must pay the price for their sin.  They are destroyed by fire, and only a few are left alive. (NLT)
Jer 12:4 How long must this land mourn?  Even the grass in the fields has withered.  The wild animals and birds have disappeared because of the evil in the land.  For the people have said, "The LORD doesn't see what's ahead for us!" (NLT)
Jer 12:11 They have made it an empty wasteland; I hear its mournful cry.  The whole land is desolate, and no one even cares. (NLT)
Jer 14:5-6 Even the doe abandons her newborn fawn because there is no grass in the field.  The wild donkeys stand on the bare hills panting like thirsty jackals.  They strain their eyes looking for grass, but there is none to be found." (NLT)
Hos 4:3 That is why your land is in mourning, and everyone is wasting away.  Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea are disappearing. (NLT)
Joe 1:18 How the animals moan with hunger!  The herds of cattle wander about confused, because they have no pasture.  The flocks of sheep and goats bleat in misery. (NLT)

Are You Sharing the True Gospel?

What is the gospel? I don't think most people know. Some people may think most Americans have heard the gospel, but I beg to differ. I don’t think they have. I have heard a lot of preachers talk about the gospel and not give the gospel. We have to be very careful that we give an accurate presentation. Otherwise, it could have a disastrous effect. We don’t want to edit God’s Word. We don’t need to try to make it more appealing by taking things out of it. Nor do we need to make it more complex by adding things to it. We just need to declare it for what it is and let God do His work.

As much as possible, we should seek to build a bridge and be tactful. Then, having established that, we need to share the truth of the good news of Jesus Christ. The Bible warns of a different gospel that people can believe. The apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel” (Galatians 1:6). Let’s make sure we give out the true gospel.

Here is the problem: People are not going to fully appreciate the good news until they first know the bad news. The bad news is that we have all have sinned against God and have fallen short of His standards. And if we don't turn from that sin, the Bible says that we will spend eternity separated from God in hell.

Someone once asked C. H. Spurgeon to sum up the Christian faith in a few words. C. H. Spurgeon did it in four: "Jesus died for me." If you know that much, then you are ready to share the gospel.

Taken from “The True Gospel” by Harvest Ministries.

Romans 8:19 - Eager Expectation or Annexed to Glory
In Rom 8:19 he uses a wonderful word for eager expectation.  It is apokaradokia (<G603>) and it describes the attitude of a man who scans the horizon with head thrust forward, eagerly searching the distance for the first signs of the dawn break of glory. (William Barclay's Daily Study Bible)
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. (NASB)
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (KJV)
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who His children really are. (NLT)
For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God. (NET)

I suppose it is a bit like the architect wanting to see the long awaited completion of an intricate project.  But here it is the creation (project) itself that longs to see its destiny.  We are that project that waits in hope for the day when we will see with our own eyes what the Lord of Glory has prepared for us because of His wondrous Grace.  The very thought makes my heart flutter.  So far above our current post paradisiacal estate where impurity, infirmity, and deformity rule the day and the headlines define the spot where even the saints have fallen into the ditch and sullied themselves by bathing in the filthy water of a lost and fallen world.  All the while the creation itself groans to be delivered from the agony.  Yet we in this modern age have little concept as to the great sufferings made manifest in ancient times where our forefathers in the faith were despised, rejected, counted as outcasts, and even slain (The People's New Testament (1891) by B. W. Johnson, paraphrase mine).  What then is the point to ponder?  Is your heart all a flutter in earnest expectation?  If not, confess your fallen estate (each day) and find your earnest expectation of glory awaiting you in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior and friend.

For the earnest expectation - ἀποκαραδοκία apokaradokia.  This word occurs only here and in Phil 1:20, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope,” etc. It properly denotes a state of earnest desire to see any object when the head is thrust forward; an intense anxiety; an ardent wish; and is thus well employed to denote the intense interest with which a Christian looks to his future inheritance. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
Php 1:20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past.  And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. (NLT)
Earnest expectation (ἀποκαραδοκία)
Only here and Phil 1:20. From ἀπό away κάρα the head, δοκεῖν to watch.  A watching with the head erect or outstretched. Hence a waiting in suspense.  Ἀπό from, implies abstraction, the attention turned from other objects.  The classical student will recall the watchman in the opening of Aeschylus' “Agamemnon,” awaiting the beacon which is to announce the capture of Troy. (Vincent's Word Studies, Marvin R. Vincent, D.D., Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature in Union Theological Seminary New York.)
He teaches us that there is an example of the patience, to which he had exhorted us, even in mute creatures. For, to omit various interpretations, I understand the passage to have this meaning — that there is no element and no part of the world which, being touched, as it were, with a sense of its present misery, does not intensely hope for a resurrection. (John Calvin)
In these words the apostle describes a fourth illustrious branch of the happiness of believers, namely, a title to the future glory. This is fitly annexed to our sonship; for as the adoption of sons entitles us to that glory, so the disposition of sons fits and prepares us for it. (Matthew Henry)
“The apostle, fired with the thought of the future glory of the saints, pours forth this splendid passage, in which he represents the whole creation groaning under its present degradation, and looking and longing for the revelation of this glory as the end and consummation of its existence” [Hodge]. (A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown)
Isa 65:17 "Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. (NLT)
Act 3:21 For He must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through His holy prophets. (NLT)
2Pe 3:11-13 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, He will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God's righteousness. (NLT)
Rev 21:1-5 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, God's home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever." And the One sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" And then He said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true." (NLT)
Mal 3:17-18 "They will be My people," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies. "On the day when I act in judgment, they will be My own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not." (NLT)
Mat 25:31-46 "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit upon His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at His right hand and the goats at His left. "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited Me into your home. I was naked, and you gave Me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for Me. I was in prison, and you visited Me.' "Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? Or a stranger and show You hospitality? Or naked and give You clothing? When did we ever see You sick or in prison and visit You?' "And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these My brothers and sisters, you were doing it to Me!' "Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, 'Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn't feed Me. I was thirsty, and you didn't give Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn't invite Me into your home. I was naked, and you didn't give Me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn't visit Me.' "Then they will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help You?' "And He will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these My brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help Me.' "And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life." (NLT)
1Jn 3:2 Dear friends, we are already God's children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. (NLT)

Romans 8:18 - Considering Our Future
“True, we must suffer with Christ, if we would partake of His glory; but what of that?  For if such sufferings are set over against the coming glory, they sink into insignificance.” (A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (NASB)
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (KJV)
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later. (NLT)
For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. (NET)

To reckon or consider (logízomai) is the result of considered deliberation.  When put in the balance scales what we suffer in this life is not worthy to be compared with the future glory to be revealed.  Though the trials of life may seem all encompassing, they are temporary and do not last forever.  However, the future glory is eternal.

Rom 8:18 (20) For I (t) reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
(20) Thirdly, that this glory which we look for surpasses a thousand times the misery of our afflictions.
(t) All being well considered, I gather. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)
In the saints when they shall have received the inheritance which God bestows in Christ.  The comforts of the saint in the midst of suffering are now given: (1) The hope of glory for which all creation, ruined by the Fall, is looking. (2) The present help of the Spirit. (3) The overruling providence of God. (The People's New Testament (1891) by B. W. Johnson)
2Co 4:17-18 For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen.  For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. (NET)
1Pe 1:6-7 This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials.  Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold — gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away — and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (NET)

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