Week of November 25 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 8:23-27

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 

Reflect: What reasons for hope do you find in this passage? How is the hope we have in Christ different from other kinds of hope?

Consider: The firstfruits of the Spirit makes it possible for us to be “hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:8–9). “We do not lose heart … for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Cor. 4:16–17). “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus” (2 Cor. 4:14)—coheirs receive the same resurrection as the heir—the redemption of our bodies.[1]

Respond: How does knowing you are adopted by God change your view of yourself and of God? How can knowing your hope in Christ is certain (v. 23-24) help you endure patiently through a current situation you are facing.

[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 258.