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21 Because 10 the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation" "groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the i firstfruits of the Spirit, even k we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the m redemption 12 of our body.13
24 For we are saved by hope :14 but "hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for ?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities : for 'we know not what we should pray
10 That. Ham. Whit. ll every creature. MARK, xvi. 15; COL. i. 23. A. V. 12 deliverance. Ham. 13 persons. Br. 14 in hope. Ham..
the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate.
h Jer. xii. 11: They have made it (my pleasant portion] desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me.
See on ver. 16. * 2 Cor. v. 2, 4: For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
LUKE, xx. 36; Neither can they die any more : for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
m LUKE, xxi. 28 : When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Eph. iv. 30. The words under ver. 16.
See on John, xx. 29. • MAT. xx. 22: Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. JAMES, iv.3: Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
for as we ought : but the Spirit itself 15 maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that I searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind 16 of the Spirit, because 17 he maketh intercession for the saints 'according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together ‘for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
15 the same Spirit. Ham. since. Pu.
18 meaning. Ma. Cr.
"that. A. V.
pZec. xii, 10: I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications : and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced. Eph. vi. 18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Jude, 20 : Praying in the Holy Ghost.
9 PRO. xvii. 3 : The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold : but the LORD trieth the hearts. 1 Thes. ii. 4: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. See on Acts, i. 24.
1 John, v. 14: This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.
Gen. I. 20: As for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Ps. cxix. 71: It is good for me that I have been afflicted. Jer. xxiv. 5: Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place-for their good. Heb. xii. 5, 6, 10, 11 : My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him ; for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. He [chastens us] for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous : nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Rom.ix. 11, 23, 24. 2 Tim. i.9: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, *that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
u Exod. xxxiii. 12, 17 : Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people : and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken : for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. Ps. i. 6: For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous : but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Jer.i.5: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee. Rom. xi. 2: God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. 1 Pet. i. 2: Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience. See on MAT. vii. 23, and on 2 Tim. ii. 19.
Eph. i.5, 11: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
w JOHN, xvii. 22: The glory which thou gavest me I have given them. 1 Cor. xv. 49: As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 2 Cor. ii. 18: But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. do. iv. 11: For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. Phi. iii. 21 : Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body. Col. iii. 4, 10: When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. I John, iii. 2: We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him. See on 2 Pet. i. 4.
* Ps. lxxxix. 27: I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. Acts, xxvi. 23 : That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead. 1 Cor. xv. 20: Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. Col. i. 15, 18: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. He is the head of the body, the Church : who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead ; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Heb. i. 6: Again, when he. bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also ? justified: and whom he justified, them he also a glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things ? b If God be for us, who can be against us ?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but a delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. all the angels of God worship him. Rev. i. 5: And from Jesus Christ the firstbegotten of the dead. do.iii. 14: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.
y Rom. i. 6: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ. do. ix. 24 : Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? Eph. iv. 4: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. Heb. ix. 15 : For this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death-they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 1 Pet. ii. 9: But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
2 ] Cor. vi. 11: Such were some of you : but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
a John, xvii. 22: And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. Eph. ii. 6: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
b See on Acts, xviii. 10. cRom. v. 6, 10: For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. If, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
See on Rom. iv. 25. e Isa. 1. 8,9: He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together : who is mine adversary ? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Rev. xii. 10, 11: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God,
34 Who is be that fcondemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is. even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword ?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. and the power of his Christ : for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.
* JOB, xxxiv. 29: When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble ?
& See on MAT. xxii. 44.
b] Tim.ii. 5: There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Heb. vii. 25: He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. do. ix. 24: Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. Joan, ii. 1: If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Ps. xliv. 22: Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. 1 Cor. iv. 9: I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death. do. xv. 30–32: And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?-1 die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. 2 Cor.i.5,9,10: As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead : who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver. do. iv. 10,11: Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus. We which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake. do. vi. 9: As dying, and, behold, we live. do. xi. 23 : In deaths oft.
* I Cor. xv. 57 : Thanks be to God, which giveth us the