"THE RECKONING OF A CHRISTIAN"

ROMANS 8:18

  1. IN THE SECOND SECTION OF ROMANS EIGHT, PAUL EMPHASIZES SIX TOPICS OR CONSIDERATIONS TO ENCOURAGE BELIEVERS WHO ARE ON THE PATH FROM SUFFERING TO GLORY (8:18-30)
    1. Consideration # 1: The Reckoning Of A Christian (8:18)
    2. Consideration #2: The Creation's Waiting (8:19-22)
    3. Consideration #3: The Believer's Waiting (8:23-25)
    4. Consideration #4: The Spirit's Helping (8:26-27)
    5. Consideration #5: The Circumstances Of Life (8:28)
    6. Consideration #6: The Predestination Of God (8:29-30)
  2. THE FIRST ITEM UP FOR CONSIDERATION IS THE DELIBERATE MENTAL CALCULATIONS A BELIEVER MUST MAKE BETWEEN HIS PRESENT SITUATION AND ETERNITY (8:18)
    1. These Present Sufferings (8:18a)
      1. The Pain Associated With Indwelling Sin
      2. The Persecutions Of An Hostile World
      3. The Problems Associated With A Rapidly Decaying Body
    2. The Glory To Be Revealed In Us (8:18b)
      1. The Events Of The Present Cannot Even Begin To Balance The Scale When Compared To The Weight Of What Awaits Us In Eternity
      2. The Internal Reality Of Being Conformed Totally To The Image Of Christ Is At The Heart Of Glorification
      3. The Process Is Going On Right Now