The Groaning Ghost of Romans 8

“But he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom 8:27, NASB)

Re-stated w/ cross-reference proofs:

“Christ knows the mind of the Spirit (groaning in us – v.26), because Christ (the Heart Searcher, Rev. 2:23) makes intercession for us according to the will of God (1 John 2:1-2, Heb. 7:25, 12:24).”

Please note the context has to do with believers’ living victoriously over the world, the “flesh,” and the enemy (Rom. 6-8), which is the result of Christ’s provision for us (Rom.3-5).

Very simply, when we feel overwhelmed (in ourselves or for others) by the nagging flesh, by the irksome world, and by the relentless enemy, we have a natural response. We crave the full redemption of our bodies and the renewal of all things. Our expectation (hope/waiting) of deliverance intensifies (vv. 23-24). We ache for relief (for ourselves or others), just like God says the rest of creation groans for its full freedom from the curse (vv. 20-21). BUT, we are at an absolute loss for knowing what to pray (vv. 25-26). No worries! God has us covered in the following ways:

1. The Spirit is in us, and makes intercession between us and Jesus at those times. The evidence of that intercession is either a groaning (intense feeling without words) resonant within us (v.23) or sometimes coming out physically in times of prayer (in absolutely overwhelming situations).

2. At that groaning, Christ searches our hearts, and Christ (by the Spirit’s going between us and Christ—as a Paraclete does–John 14-16) knows how to pray exactly what is the Father’s will for us, because that intercession for us before the Father is Christ’s main task for eternity. Christ lives forever to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25), so that we can be preserved and sanctified to the utmost.

3. We know one thing that we can pray in any situation, according to Romans 8:28-30

“God, work it out for good, cause I sure do love you. I know I’m called and that you’ve got a purpose for allowing the space of time between my initially trusting in Christ for reconciliation to you and the final redemption of all things. I know that purpose is to make me like Christ. So, I yield to that and receive this plan from you.”

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