Wonderful words from Apostle Paul, from his knowledge of the Spirit of God to the Christians in Rome and to us who long for the glory of God.
Live with hope!
This word gives courage and leads out of the narrow, does not play down the sufferings for Christian sake and declares an overweight of the glory of our creator “more than ever!” – This we have to learn anew, when we become so selfish and godless in our “Christian hope” (commentary Wuppertal study biblical to this text word). What moves us when we read this comment? Does it apply to our life change and also the community perspective, which we help to shape, experience and endure?
We hang on the temporality, here and now, and that will be aware of me in many places in my life, quite profane: The tension between being born and passing away is already in the cradle, we strive for positive motivation, but sometimes brings with it a point of failure. Jesus taught “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it. (Matthew 10:39)
Apostle Paul develops from chapter 5 “the new life” in faith, justice, freedom, grace and reconciliation in our Lord Jesus Christ, away from the carnal-minded man, who, if he persists in this sentiment, is himself subject to forget the one who has control over creation-yet to come!
A great challenge for the modern man, that he is instructed on the help of the deeds of our God, and cannot create his salvation alone. To recognize and to believe does not always go together. Apostle Paul, with patience and clear words, ends with chapter 8 the life from the spirit and invites to a change of perspective, to the manifestation of the glorious God and redemption of the whole creation.
So, when we are challenged, we need help, are tired, powerless, despondent and disillusioned, without motivation and hope, no blame, self-help or retreat. We must entrust ourselves to God, must honestly ask for sanctification and spiritual change, and that in, with and under conditions of this world- in our jobs, economic crisis, community day and personal requirements. This responsibility entrusts us to God and with His help we have to seek answer, find and live – preserve by verifying. This will become visible as the Kingdom of God and remains reserved in the things to come, in its justice and glory. So we hope that God will love us now, and the new creation may wait, because God will fulfil them, in His day.
In a children’s story book, the owl gives the little girl Edda an important answer from the past. She dreams of peace and justice forever and asks the owl: “what can I do?” The owl replies, “put one ear on the earth, then the other is open to the sky.” In simple terms, always remember the Creator is always above us.