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Romans 18: 26-30

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Interpretation Project 2
Present suffering and the glory of the future. This is the central concept of the final parts of Romans 18. Paul explains to the Romans just how exactly their suffering at the time would translate into glory in the future. While this paper seeks to interpret Paul’s words in Romans 18: 26-30, the key to this interpretation lies in putting the words into context thereby understanding its meaning, building a bridge between the context at the time and a contemporary one and finally, applying the theoretical principle.
The context of this verse can be found in Romans 18:18-25. Here Paul attempts to comfort the Romans by explaining to them that their troubles shall soon end and that they shall be lifted into glory. He explains
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Prayer is central in these verses. Paul tells the Romans that they should consult the Holy Spirit on what they should be praying for. Because the spirit intercedes for the people of God, it will search their hearts and minds and find out precisely what God wants them to ask for. Once this is done, Paul tells them that God works to the benefit of those that love him and that it is them that in the end shall receive glory. “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans…show more content…
According to Paul, Christian life is not simple, and neither is enduring persecution. There are difficulties in coping with life in a world full of sin especially with bodies that are corruptible. However, Paul states that “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (verse 18). Just as there was joy set before Jesus after his suffering the same is in store for Christians- a future so glorious that all of the suffering we currently undergo will seem minor. Human beings are however not the only ones who will benefit in the end. According to Paul, there is a comic significance to the plan of God what is currently working itself out for us. “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (verse 19). This means that everything around us, everything God created, nature, is also waiting to see God’s glory in us. For this reason, the world and everything in it should be seen as rooting for us. This is because all the creation suffers the same frustration that people do. This verse, therefore, urges Christians to wait in eagerness for the day when their bodies will be resurrected and their adoption completed. We should live for what’s to come rather than struggle with the past (Barclay
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