Rom. 8:18,19 – TPT – I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters!
The Old Testament Hebrew prophet Isaiah had an interesting theme that weaved all throughout his book. He saw creation restrained but existing in a state of anticipation. Isaiah also spoke in great detail of the birth and death of the Savior. Even though Isaiah lived about seven hundred years before Christ appeared, he lived in a state of expectancy. He saw the appearance of the Messiah as imminent and His appearance marking the beginning of God’s new day. In today’s passage the Apostle Paul takes up Isaiah’s theme. From Paul’s perspective the Messiah has appeared and the glorious day of the Lord is upon us. Paul acknowledged the suffering and the day to day struggle we experience was part of creation’s anticipation. He said it was like the suffering of a pregnant woman anticipating the birth of her child. Glory is about to break in on the world, it has already broken in to the lives of God’s sons and daughters. Here are some thoughts from the Passion Bible on today’s verses.
“Interestingly, the Greek word used for “unveiling” (apokalypsis) is the same word for the full title of the last book of the Bible, “The Revelation [Unveiling] of Jesus Christ.” The created universe is but the backdrop for the dramatic appearing of God’s sons and daughters unveiled with the glory of Jesus Christ upon them. The verb tense in the Greek text is clear that this “unveiling” is imminent, soon to happen, and destined to take place. Christ’s glory will come to us, enter us, fill us, envelop us, and then be revealed through us as partakers of the glory. Although God will not share his glory with any other, we are no longer “another,” for we are one with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through faith in Christ.”
The great culmination of everything that the Bible points to is breaking in upon us. Don’t be surprised at the struggle and adversity you face living out the Christian life. It is all part of the struggle. We are all groaning in anticipation of the great appearing of our Lord. Come quickly Lord Jesus!