Romans 8:18-39 …Conquerors
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time (dealing with the flesh) are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (we really need to stop fussing over the “pains” of life because the reward in Heaven will far outweigh this unpleasantness)
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature (man) waiteth for the manifestation (more like transformation into) of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Genesis 3:17,19 “And unto Adam He said, because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life… By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth (to sympathize in expectation of relief from suffering) in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (this is the “war” inside our minds that Paul states earlier “I do, I dont do, want to do, cant do, etc….this goes on constantly until our redemption through physical death or His glorious return)
24 For we are saved by hope: 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 (feebleness of mind): for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (This is done by the Spirit of YHWH and not by a human)
27 And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Jesus has dealt with the sin that had separated us from the Father.)
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.
29 For whom he did foreknow, (Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”) He also did predestinate (determined ahead of time) to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Paul is saying that men were created by God with the expectation to become His children, not just certain ones, as he desires them to be saved through the blood of Jesus. Thereto we are to become the same expression returned to the Father as was exampled by Yahshua.
Matthew 18:14 “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
Hebrews 10:10 “By which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate (determined ahead of time), them he also called (“whose surname was called”): and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified (to regard as innocent.), them he also glorified. (“of one’s own pleasure”)
Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Ephesians 1:5 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption [sojourner among] of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. (Paul is telling us that the Pharisees cannot lay judgment upon mankind for breaking the Pharisaical laws that were built on top of the Mosaic laws.)
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession (to attain or secure an object or end.) for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation (trouble), or distress (calamity), or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (judicial punishment)
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Psalm 44:22 “Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Jeremiah 12:3 “But thou, O Lord, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.”
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (This is from the perspective of YHWH….will you allow any of these things to separate you from YHWH? Loss of job, spouse, child?)
Paul wants us to realize that there is nothing on this earth that matters more than the relationship to YHWH through the belief and faith in Yeshua. Also, that it is YHWH that controls all things and even in our physical death, which we are soooo fearful of, YHWH will bring us blessing and glory in His kingdom.