and not only they, but even those who have the first fruits of the spirit, even we our selves do inwardly groan for the fruit of our adoption, by the deliverance of our body from corruption.
and this is the pledge of our inheritance, being given for the deliverance of his peculiar people, to the display of his glory.
mankind impatiently desire that the divine being would display himself to his creatures,
now when these things begin to appear, then lift up your heads, and behold your redemption drawing nigh.
for the spirit you have received is not servile to keep you still in fear; but it is the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, that is, father.
but as for us, our minds are possessed with the hopes of justification by faith.
now hope will not deceive us, because the love of God is diffused thro' our hearts, by the holy spirit which is given to us;
but if we hope for what is yet to come, our patience does necessarily intervene.
while I am thus incas'd, I groan with desire to have that celestial vehicle superinduc'd:
for when I came to Macedonia, I had no respit from the trouble that beset me on every side: oppositions from without, and apprehensions within.
but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, sweetness of disposition, beneficence, faithfulness, meekness, temperance:
grieve not the holy spirit of God, by whom you are sealed against the day of deliverance:
and if I die, I gain.
but we are the denisons of heaven, from whence we expect the saviour Jesus Christ our Lord.
I have nothing more to do, but to receive the crown of virtue reserv'd for me, which the Lord, the just judge, will give me in that day: and not only to me, but to those also, who have long'd for his appearance.
in expectation of that desirable happiness, the glorious appearance of the supreme God, and of our saviour Jesus Christ,
so Christ being once offered up to take away the sins of many; he shall appear the second time, without making any further expiation to save those who expect him.
that your faith being put to a more advantageous proof, than that of gold, which loses by the essay, may redound to your praise and highest honour at the appearance of Jesus Christ: