23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
Romans 8:23 (NLT)
Let us begin with the first sentence in the above verse. Paul said we groaned. Why? He had a longing inside him to be released from sin and suffering. This tells me that Paul did not like to be in sin and suffer. This is the exact opposite of what religious churches are teaching for generations that God wants us to suffer. So, Paul is not a pervert and neither should we. As Christians we should make a clear stand against any form of sin and suffering like poverty and sickness because they have no right to oppress us.
That is not all. There is an “even though” in the middle sentence. Let us look at it. It says “even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory”. Paul was basically saying that the Holy Spirit inside us is a foretaste of future glory. It means we are going to have a glorious future and the Holy Spirit is giving us a little taste of it. Does that sound positive to you?
This means that the Holy Spirit is also a positive person. When I was in a religious church, I used to have the impression that the Holy Spirit is God’s watch dog. His role was to watch over me and report every sin I committed. Yet the above verse says otherwise. This is another lie from the pit of hell.
The role of the Holy Spirit while dwelling inside us is to help us and not condemn us. According to the above verse, he gives us some taste of our glorious future. Sounds like a positive guy to me. So, I conclude that the Holy Spirit is not a pervert.
The second sentence speaks about waiting with eager hope for a specific event. In this event we will receive our full rights as God’s adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
Let me address the phase “adopted children”. It does not mean we are not God’s flesh and blood. As Christians we were born again into a new species called “god”. We are gods. This is our identity we can never change. The term “adopted” here refers to the Jewish custom where the father formally acknowledges his son when the latter has reached adulthood. After this “adoption”, the son will take up more roles and authority in the family.
The same will apply to us. The day will come where we will be in position for greater roles and authority in the Family. At this moment I have no idea how much roles and authority I will get but I am sure it must involve greater prosperity and I look forward to that.
The last part tells us that this day includes new bodies for us. We are going to receive new bodies. The verse does not elaborate the specifications for these new bodies but I suspect they must be an upgrade from our present bodies. In other words, they must be stronger, healthier, more resistance to disease and aging. I love to take up one of those. How about you?
The day will come, where we receive our full rights.