“And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)” Romans 8:23-25
In a related verse, Paul also includes us in his thought, “For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven” (II Corinthians 5:2). These verses not only reflect the joy of what lies before us but also the sorrow of living each day with the burden of the world, our flesh, and our mind that so easily lead us into sins we have no desire to commit. The reason we groan is because we have experienced a foretaste of the glory to come. Just as the nation of Israel tasted the first fruits of Canaan when the spies returned, so we Christian have tasted of the blessings of heaven through the ministry of the Spirit. This makes us home sick for heaven. Where we will see our Lord and Savior, receive a new body and serve Him forever. We are waiting for the adoption, which is the redemption of the body when Jesus returns. “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” (Philippians 3:20-21) This is the thrilling climax to the adoption that took place at our conversion. The Spirit of adoption gave us an adult standing in God’s family. When Jesus Christ returns, we shall be given our full inheritance.