For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
The desire to be free of bondage rests in us all. There are those who try to extricate themselves from bondage, working in their own strength. From this we get the phrase ‘pull yourself up by your own bootstrap.’ The freedom gained through our own efforts is often temporal. When we gain freedom from bondage to sin, which is the umbrella term for finding ourselves in bondage to the consequences of acts we commit and those committed by others, we gain freedom that is eternal and it is not gained through our efforts but by the blood of Christ. When we receive that promise, we receive freedom from sin’s curse and we receive the presence of the Holy Spirit, our spirit joining with Him and quickened to life. Mankind has wanted freedom since the days of Adam, when we were first enslaved. We have hope, and Paul clarifies for us that hope indicates we look for something. We don’t hope for what we already have. “…hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? …” Our faith continues daily from the moment we receive the promise until it is complete. Where is our heart? In Him or in our own doing? True freedom is in Him.