And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.
Note 9 at Ro 8:23: The Holy Spirit is called the "firstfruits" of our salvation. Where there are first fruits, there has to be further fruit. Paul spoke of the Holy Spirit as being the earnest, or down payment, of our salvation with more to come (2Co 5:5 and Eph 1:14).
As wonderful as our salvation is right here in this life, it is not complete. The flesh (see note 3 at Ro 7:18) is a constant source of trouble, and even victorious Christians groan for the time when we will be delivered from this flesh at the redemption of our bodies (2Co 5:1-4).
Note 10 at Ro 8:23: The word "adoption" is used five times in the New Testament (Ro 8:15, 23, 9:4; Ga 4:5; and Eph 1:5). People draw many analogies from this term that have merit, but this verse makes it very clear that the term "adoption" is referring to the time when we will receive our glorified bodies.
Note 11 at Ro 8:23: Jesus purchased redemption for us--spirit, soul, and body--but our redemption is not completed yet. Our spirits are the only part of us that have experienced total redemption (see note 3 at Mt 26:41).
The English word "redemption" was translated from the Greek word "APOLUTROSIS," and this Greek word means "(the act) ransom in full" (Strong's Concordance). However, it is specifying more than just the payment of a ransom; it includes the deliverance that comes as a result (Vine's Expository Dictionary). So Paul was speaking of the time when we will experience in our bodies what Jesus has already purchased for us.
This can be illustrated by the way trading stamps are used. First, the stamps have to be purchased, and then they are redeemed for the desired product. The purchase is essential, but so is the redemption. No one really wants the stamps. They want what the stamps can be redeemed for.
The purchase for our total salvation has already been made with the blood of Jesus, but our bodies are not redeemed yet. That is to say, we have not yet received all the benefits of that transaction in our physical bodies. That will take place at the Second Coming of the Lord, when we receive our new glorified bodies (see note 3 at Lu 24:39).
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