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DEVOTIONAL
Not our duty to bring ourselves to glory
Richard Wasserfall
06-Oct-2003
"In the same way, the spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."Romans 8:26
In the same way the earth is weakened by God's subjecting it to frustration, so are we who have been set free from the law of sin and death by the Spirit (Rom 8:2). Because of the work of Christ, God now views us as no more guilty for the sin of Adam than the earth was (Rom 8:1). And the earth was not guilty: "Cursed is the ground because of you." (Gen 3:17).

Rather, just as God left the earth to eagerly await our adoption as sons into Christ's glory, (remember the earth does this because the law of redemption is written into creation's fabric) He has left us groaning for our adoption on the surface of the earth, vulnerable to the law of sin and death, not as a conqueror, but as an afflictor of our souls. This vulnerability is our weakness, a weakness we are unable to overcome except by the Spirit of Life's living within us. If we are in Christ, we have this deposit as a guarantee. (2 Cor 5:5)

Because of Christ's removal of our guilt, our affliction causes us to groan inwardly in much the same way the earth groans inwardly at its frustration. But as we have previously laid out, as much as the earth's groaning is in its expectation of our glory, our groaning is not the world's groaning of despair, but the desire to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling. (2 Cor 5:4)

Nevertheless, the earth knows not what to pray for in order to bring us to glory and end its affliction, for this is not the earth's duty. Rather, its duty is to long for the end of its frustration and await on us, the co-heirs of Christ, to bring it out of bondage into our freedom in Christ.. So it is with us. Because of the state of our unconsummated adoption, we remain as one seeing through a glass darkly and thus unable to know what prayers will bring our full adoption closer. Likewise, it is not our duty to achieve the full adoption to the redemption of our bodies, only our duty to desire it and wait on the Spirit to accomplish it through us in an intercession of "groans that words cannot express."

It is clear then that a desiring focus on our future glory will bring us in line with the duty of man (Ecc 12:13) and by virtue of this, allow the Spirit to breathe inwardly through us the deep things of God, so that the sons of God may be brought to glory and the earth redeemed of its frustration.
Lord, turn us from thinking that we in anyway can bring furtherance to the Kingdom of Heaven and turn us rather to a deep, thirsting desire for its coming. Then Lord, your Spirit will intercede through us. Amen