Hoping for What is not Seen

Romans 8:18-25

I can see the difference between those who live by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and those who don’t. There is an obvious change within those who walk away from the system of the mark of the beast and begin living in the Spirit of Christ. That change is something I already have here on earth. The eternal redemption of my body is something I don’t have right now but I believe for it.

“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, 
groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 
For in this hope, we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. 
Who hopes for what they already have? 
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Romans 8:23-25

Under the present system of internal government, Christians suffer from abuses in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Christians also suffer from the harshness of those who live by the internal government of the mark of the beast. The present global system only believes in what they have and see, and eternal redemption is not in their line of sight. The global society is working towards an earthly utopia, to be “one with the universe,” and Christians do not fit into that gameplan. Redemption only comes through Jesus Christ. Those who choose Jesus Christ know that the global tribulation is coming, not utopia. Christians yearn for the redemption that everyone is yearning for, but we know it is not coming through human efforts. Those who choose the redemption found in Christ are persecuted by those who are trying to establish their own redemption. As a follower of Christ, the present sufferings are nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in me. I will be liberated from decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice,
but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from
its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning 
as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
Romans 8:18-22

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