Meditation Commentary on Romans 8:17-20


17and if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope.


            In verses 14-16 of Romans 8, we find that if we are led by the Spirit of God and surrender to His calling, we become children of God. When we continue on to verse 17, we are told that since we are God’s children, we are entitled to an inheritance. What is this that we receive as heirs of our Lord? God says that if we suffer with Him, we will be glorified with Him. As children of God, we know that it will not always be an easy, smooth sailing life. Christ says in Matthew 7:14, “…narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” We should be willing to suffer for, and be delighted in the reality that we have a God that we can take a stand for.

            When I read about suffering in verse 18, I am reminded of what an easy life I live. Being born and raised in America, I have not experienced first-hand the hardships that so many Christians around the world have to endure. I have never had to literally “suffer” because I am a follower of Christ. Sure, maybe I have been rejected by a non-Christian or two because I stood up for something I believed in, but I have never had to experience the fear of the possibility of being physically tortured for my faith in God. Whatever suffering a Christian may have to bear, God assures us that His glory is much greater!

            In search for some insight into verses 19 and 20, I went to the internet and found a comment by William Barclay: “Paul has just been speaking of the glory of adoption into the family of God; and then he comes back to the troubled state of this present world. He sees all nature waiting for the glory that shall be. At the moment creation is in bondage to decay. It is a dying world; but it is waiting for its liberation from all this and the coming of the state of glory.” []


By Zachary Childers