God and His Greatness

It is within man’s sinful nature to believe we are better than those around us most of the time. We say, “What were you thinking!” and “I would have definitely done that differently.” I am guilty of this all of the time. But, as we have been studying through Romans 8 at Aletheia over the past 4 weeks I have come to one conclusion: God is better than me. That’s right: in every way imaginable he is simply better than me. (My point was just proven as it took me 3 times to spell the word “imaginable.” I can’t even spell correctly.) God on the other hand is great—in every way, and Romans chapter 8 once again proves that very fact.

This past week at Aletheia I began a 2 part mini-series to finish up the 8th chapter of Romans titled: “The Greatness of God.” I preached through verses 26-30 and we learned that God’s prayers, purposes and plan of salvation are better than ours. We discussed our prayer lives a bit to see that even when we don’t know what to pray for as we ought, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf and makes sure that our needs are communicated clearly and perfectly to the Father. We also looked at the classic verse, (Romans 8:28) which says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” We talked about how the danger of this verse can be our perception of it. If we are filtering it through our circumstances (which isn’t totally bad) only and not the cross, we are viewing it the wrong way. All things work together for good for those who love God because he first loved us by substituting himself on the cross for our sins and calling us to himself. The reason why we know this is because what God has started (v29) by foreknowing and predestining us to be conformed to the image of his son, he is going to see it through until we are glorified one day. That is the hope.

Our hope isn’t that we get through our circumstances and that things work out the way we want them to. Our hope is that no matter what happens, good or bad, we get to be with Jesus in eternity one day.

This is all a result of the gospel. Praise Jesus!

If you have a few spare moments, feel free to watch our vodcast. Thanks in advance for checking it out.

Romans: The Greatness of God (Part 1) from Aletheia Tampa on Vimeo.

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