Pastor Syd opened his sermon on Romans 8:17-39 by reading Ephesians 1:3-2:10. He explained about our redemption and predestination to be adopted, but it is dependent on our receiving it. Romans 8:18 reveals that there will be sufferings as a believer. Other Scriptures confirming that are: 1 Peter 4:12-14; Acts 14:22; John 16:33. There is a glorification coming as we will be like Jesus (1 John 3:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:17). Your spirit is redeemed, but your soul and body are not. Ask yourself: Is what I am dealing with that will matter in ten years? To eagerly wait with anticipation is like stretching your neck forward (Romans 8:19). The earth is in a state of decay (8:21-22). There will be a new heaven and earth (2 Peter 3:13; Isaiah 11:6-9). There was a fear of man for the animals after Noah and the flood. We have a down-payment for our bodies’ redemption, and we will have a glorious body (Philippians 3:21). Hope, which is confident expectation, produces patience (8:23-24). You do not hope for what you already have. The Spirit helps us in our weakness by interceding for us, but really it is Jesus Christ who intercedes for us (8:26-27, 34; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1). The Spirit of Christ within you will know how to pray. God is NOT the one doing accidents. All things are working for good considering: 1) you are praying in the Spirit, 2) you love God, and 3) you are called according to His purpose. God is NOT in control of everything, although He is sovereign. Pastor Syd gave the example of being sovereign over his children’s bedrooms but not being totally in control of them. Why should you be guilty of sin if God made you that way? He is not in control of you. It is not His will that people die, but they do. Foreknowing is knowing beforehand (8:29-30). We are predestined, called, justified, and glorified, but not everybody fulfills their destiny. Paul asks rhetorical questions (8:31-35). Romans 8:36 is taken from a negative Psalm 44. Romans 8:37 refutes that verse in Psalms by emphatically saying, “NO!” We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. He mentions all kinds of things that cannot keep God’s love from us, but he does not mention the past, because it does not exist (8:38-39). The Spirit of God lives in me. 2 Peter 1:3-8, 11. Everything you need, you have the right to and is available to you.