- This life’s trials are incapable of being compared to our hope of glory (v.18).
- What weight of suffering could compare to the weight of the glory that is coming?
- Why would God want us to think about this comparison? (2 Cor. 4:17)
- This creation has become the very definition of hope for us (v.19-21).
- How eagerly are we longing for the revelation of our hope?
- How and when was creation ‘subjected to futility?’ (Genesis 3:17-19)
- How do our actions show that we await the freedom of glory?
- The creation has been groaning for the realization of our hope (v.22).
- Why would the apostle Paul choose to personify the creation?
- How should we be motivated by the groaning of all creation?
- We also have been groaning as we eagerly await our redemption (v.23).
- If we are already children of God, what adoption are we awaiting?
- What behavior and perspective displays our longing for this redemption?
- The saved must patiently wait for our unseen hope (v.24-25).
- In what sense were we saved by an unseen hope?
- Why must our hope remain unseen?
- How is patience being produced in our lives by our unseen hope?
Call to Action: To feed our unseen hope so that we will patiently endure.