7th March, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: EAGERLY WAITING FOR THE REDEMPTION OF OUR BODY
Romans 8:22-23 (NKJV)
 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
We established in yesterday’s devotion, that, when we’re revealed, all of creation will also be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Today’s theme Scripture is a follow-up on the same communication; it stresses the same point further.
The Scripture reveals that all of creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now. Just as a woman goes into labour at the time of delivering a baby, so all of creation has been in labour, expressing the groans and yearnings of a readiness to deliver.
The Scripture further reveals, that, it isn’t only creation that is groaning with labour pangs, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit; that is, we who have tasted of the powers of the world to come; regardless of the fact that we have the Holy Spirit resident and at work in us, we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. The Greek word translated “adoption” also means, “The blessed state looked for in the future life, after the visible return of Christ from heaven.” The Scripture calls it, “The redemption of our body.”
I wonder whether the same can be said of this generation, that, we’re eagerly waiting for the redemption of our body. This is the blessed hope of the believer! Until we have this hope in us, our walk with Christ will be centered on only the things of this life. But there’s got to be a balance!