People groan for many reasons—despair, effort, pain. In Romans 8, the apostle Paul describes groans of longing as all creation anticipates the day when God will make all things new. As Alistair Begg explains the “now” and the “not yet” dimensions of our redemption, he reminds us that the believer’s future hope rests on the sure foundation of the Christ’s resurrection.
22For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23And 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. 24For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
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