Speaker: Jon Kopp - So far in Romans 8, Paul has been laying out what it means to be a child of God, and it is incredible. God gives wonderful things to those He loves in Christ. Romans 8 is good news! It is good news for the guilty and failing. In Christ, they are safe and strong. It is good news for the defeated. Victory is guaranteed in the Spirit. It is good news for the fearful. God is our loving Father. These are amazing truths! But, in all of those truths we are never removed from the reality of life in a fallen world. Life on this earth is full of hardship and pain and suffering. None of us escape it anymore than our Savior did. “If [we are God’s] children, then [we are] heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Yes, everyone on this earth will suffer, but for the Christian that suffering is not the end. The best is yet to come.