So that this is that which is here observable of us, that the vanity of the creature, it is accidental and preternatural to it; and therefore is afterwards in this chapter called "bondage," which is an unwilling subjection. "They," says a Father, "who rejoice over one sinner that repenteth, must in a manner mourn over the sorrows of so many sinners."III. What God does for His people here is but little to what He designs to do.5. Garbett, M.A.Apply the text to —I. They took one of them and began with one stop or department of pipes, and put each in its place, and tried to see how it sounded relative to itself. The terror and anguish are largely in our imagination. The globe is yet to be touched by the hand of God; and every pipe in the vast multitude is to stand out with beautiful voice, and in absolute harmony with every other voice. And this universal destruction limits the achievements of nature. God has given men some ground for this hope, though He was pleased to permit sin, suffering, imperfection. WHO ARE THE HEIRS TO THIS LIBERTY? The sensible part of creation really groans, each after its kind (Joel 1:18).2. The distempered winds often sink him in the sea. Lastly, the great disorder and confusion of all things here below; it does speak this much unto us, "The whole creation travails and groans"; that is, the whole frame and composure of the world, being a world of trouble. The world knoweth us not, and we sometimes know not one another. Vanity in all kinds, and in all expressions of vanity — vanity in our speeches and discourse, vanity in our pastimes and recreations, vanity m our garments and attire, vanity in our houses, and especially vanity in our hearts; we cannot look aside but we behold vanity, and love to do so. That all the effects of the curse are to be gathered together, and confined for ever with the wicked in the lake (Revelation 20:14, 15). 2. Baldwin Brown, B.A.To all seers this truth has unveiled itself. THE SAINTS.1. A further prophetic aspect of our life here we may find in the present relation of our spirits to outward things. Evidences of this in nature. The idea was not a vain dream. All that nature brings forth is doomed to die. The earth, trees, and plants upon it, lay aside their ornaments, and every head among them is bald.3. First, it teaches us from hence to put no stress or confidence in the creature. The Flesh Devotional. The distempered winds often sink him in the sea. — the palace of the King of kings. This misery which the creature does thus groan and travail under hath been a long time upon it. So much the more am I a witness to the necessity of a death and a resurrection. By the same right one takes a sword from a man wherewith he is running at him. 2. And in animal life we detect no forecast of immortality. W. Serious Christians groan in behalf of the creatures.II. Not mere resemblance. How magnificent the thought — "The creature itself also shall be emancipated." The first-fruits they are commonly and for the most part the best and choicest, so are the graces and comforts of the Spirit above anything else — above parts, above gifts, above riches, above all outward excellency (Proverbs 3:14, 15). Secondly, is the creature thus subject to vanity in regard to the transitoriness of it, then let us hold ourselves so much more to the Creator, in whom is no vanity, or variableness, or shadow of turning. There is evidently eternal worth in such relations of life, but just as we begin to find it, we lose it. (1) True, the soul is reconciled to God, but the bondage of corruption still places them in circumstances of temptation. LET US SURVEY THIS TRAVAIL.1. His flocks furnish him with conveniences, therefore they suffer.2. (2) If that day were come ye shall also be delivered. And it has its end; when the poor soul which has lived on shadows finds itself in the presence of realities more terrible than it has ever dreamed of, and God and eternity, and heaven and hell, supply for ever the place of the childish delights of vanity and the laughter of fools. But all these are dreams. men see to sin more by it. The pursuit of gain, like that of pleasure, is vanity and vexation of spirit. And yet there is an inverted truth in the grotesque conception. Now prayer, it fetches this from Him. Secondly, that which shall befal the creature at the day of judgment is here in the text expressly called the deliverance of it. Godet.The physiologist is forced to see in the human body the intended goal and masterpiece of animal organisation which appears as nothing else than a long effort to reach this consummation. Conclusion. "The laws of nature preside over the creation of wealth," but "THE HEART OF MAN" ITSELF OFTEN PRESIDES OVER THE LAWS OF NATURE. They shall serve God's enemies no longer. All this is beautiful, and if a thing would last for ever because it was lovely, this would certainly. They, again, are to be brought into accord with the whole state. "Glory that shall be revealed in us." As Jesus Christ has a right to all the elect, though some of them are yet under the power of sin, but Christ at that day will recover them; so the creatures yet in the hand of His enemies, He will then restore, seeing they are all His by His Father's gift (Acts 3:21).3. "We ourselves groan within ourselves." What weariness to those who love, to be absent from Him they love; to dwell in banishment by the streams of Babylon, while they remember the heavenly Jerusalem. When we read of heroic achievements our eye flashes, our blood fires. And, could the creature speak to us, we would hear many complaints that way. But let us attend to some instances by which this truth may be illustrated. All things, mountains and valleys, suns and stars, are the creatures of God; but we do not call them His children.2. Secondly in regard of their quantity; that is, their smallness and imperfection; we know how the first-fruits under the law, they were but a handful in comparison of the whole, but a small and little portion. These inspired traditions contain the important truth which will solve not a few of our difficulties, that God never meant nature to be looked at apart from its relation to man. First, in the failing of its first end, for which it was made. 1. From the earth we sprang; and we are the children of the earth, though we have been made the children of God. Secondly, their appetite itself is from hence so much the more increased, and thereby more enabled to favour and relish these heavenly delights. Thirdly, for their whole persons; there shall be a liberty of them also. If any time we miscarry, let it be unawares, and against our minds. They groan. TO THIS VAIN AND CORRUPTIBLE STATE, MANKIND WERE ORIGINALLY BROUGHT INTO SUBJECTION, NOT BY THEMSELVES, BUT BY ANOTHER. But, rebelling against God, his estate was forfeited, because it depended on his good behaviour. First, negatively: "Not willingly." Angels know, in part at least, the bliss reserved for us; yet they know not the weariness of our strife. It is of the latter the apostle speaks. When we speak of hope, it is considerable two manner of ways: either in the subject of it, or in the ground of it; either in the person, or in the condition. Cherish that longing, for it is your hope. It is not annihilated, but changed. THIS SUBJECTION WAS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE DIVINE PERFECTION. "Then, indeed, all is turned into groaning and travailing! If God should open the mouth of the creature, as he did that of Balaam's ass, it would groan under its hard servitude (2 Peter 2:16). Life is the object of most passionate desire, and death of equally strong aversion. (4)From the blindness of our understanding; from perplexity, and doubt, and uncertainty. Romans 8 begins and ends with declarations of the Christian's absolute security before God. They shall no more be abused by sinners (vers. Thomas, D.D. The present is a state of suffering. This may therefore serve as a trial of our state. Smyth, D. D.)St. Paul's account of the creationR. I speak of squandering away noble capacities in baubles and playthings, which is just as absurd as giving pearls and diamonds for feathers or stones. Some who know the misery of strife and defeat, know not the object of their longing, who "have the first-fruits of the Spirit."2. GOD DISTRIBUTES THE BREAD HE IS EVER MULTIPLYING BY NATURAL PROCESSES, AFTER THE PATTERN OF THE SYMBOLIC MIRACLE IN GALILEE. St. Paul might have read one of Mr. Darwin's books, for this is what Mr. Darwin has made certain: "The whole creation groaneth and travaileth together in pain until now."2. Sickness, pain, death, restraint, bondage.II. The word of donation, whereby He bestows the creature upon us; the word of benediction, whereby He blesses the creature to us; the word of promise, whereby He makes a tender of this blessing. In Romans 8:14-17, Paul introduces the subjects of sonship and suffering. This dominion of God, or right to take away what He has given, or to withhold from some of His creatures what He gives to others, is as unquestionable as in the exercise it is uncontrollable. Can the shepherd not observe when the whole flock is crying together? We have not these things in the fullest measure, but sparingly communicated to us. MEN HAVE NOT BEEN WITHOUT THE HOPE OF SUCH A HAPPY ALTERATION IN THEIR STATE, WHICH IN THE TEXT IS EXPRESSLY ASSENTED AND PROMISED.1. He sees in the creation a good deal of effort that comes to nothing, a waste of power, general imperfection, universal decay.1. By a law which could not be resisted, the feebler and the less perfect forms of life have been crushed whenever they have come in collision with the nobler and the more vigorous. or the many disagreeable accidents and mournful events to which we are continually exposed, and which so often befall us in the course of life?3. "Then, indeed, all is turned into groaning and travailing! Rejoice in the hope of this glorious liberty.4. Such honour had man in his creation, that God subjected to him, or put under his feet, all other things. What wonder they groan to be brought to this pass? That is about what men see when they look at an organ. Many a one takes a light lift because there are so many to bear a share of it. )The chrysalis state of manStopford A. Brooke.In truth, we are like the chrysalis, if we suppose it to be gifted with a conscious intelligence. HOW LONG THEY HAVE SUNG TO THE MELANCHOLY TUNE. See the very face of nature scarred with tokens of conflict. (5) Hope in long sorrow. Possibly in some of the lower spheres of life the doctrine of the transmigration of souls may be truer than we think. THE UNGODLY.1. Complaining, accusing groans. (6) True, there is the communion of saints, but to what interruptions is not this exposed by human mortality! While he stood they were all of them most easy in his service. Yet this phrase is not so universal but that it admits of some exceptions.1. God forbid that I should undervalue this, but it has no remedy for our real evils. And you will see, if you study that Book of Ecclesiastes, how comprehensive is the word here before us. The creature here is subjected in hope (ver. Now that vanity, which was only accidental, is not likely to be perpetual. (Thomas Horton, D.D. Secondly, that which shall befal the creature at the day of judgment is here in the text expressly called the deliverance of it. That the meaning we attach to it here should agree with the scope of the context and the aim of the writer. 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