Groaning in Pain, First Taste of Hope vv 22-25
Paul is helping us to learn a way of thinking – seeing / knowing the world, ourselves, and God. It’s shaped by the reality of what God has done in Jesus & the Spirit. A transforming vision.
Paul tells how in Jesus God did what was impossible for humans, even with the best guidance. He broke the power of our imprisonment by sin and of the fear of death’s futility, by taking them on himself. By giving his Spirit, he empowers a new level of life – still deeply meshed with this world, but with the first taste of a world to come seen in Jesus’ resurrection.