The Correspondence Between Romans 8:12-25 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10

Romans 8:12-25
2 Corinthians 4:7-5:10
Creation or creature (vv.19f.) Body (creation in miniature)(4:7,11,16)
Glory (vv.17f.,24f.) Glory (4:17-5:1,4)
Futility and bondage to decay (vv.20f.) Futility (4:7-10) and bondage to decay (4:11,16)
Suffering (v.17) Affliction (4:17)
Groaning (vv.22f.)(Note the groaning (LXX stenazo) of Ex.2: 24; 6:5; Judges 2:18) Groaning (5:2,4)
Adoption as sons (vv.14-17, 19,21,23) Adoption (implied:4:14,17,cf.3:18; 4:6)
Destruction implied (vv.20f.), cf.1 Thes.5:3 Destruction (5:1)
Redemption (vv.17,21,23) Redemption (4:14; 5:1)
Hope in the unseen (vv.20,24f.) Hope (implied: 4:18; 5:5). Cf. faith in the unseen: 5:7, cf. Heb.11:1
Expectancy (vv.19f.,23ff.) Expectancy (4:18; 5:2,4,9)
Confidence (8:15f.) Confidence (5:6-8)
Eternity in heaven (vv.17,21, cf.24f.) Eternity in heaven (4:17; 5:1, cf. 5:8
Holy Spirit the guarantee (vv.16,23) Holy Spirit the guarantee (5:5)
Plan and purpose of God (v.20) Plan and purpose of God (5:5)
Patience in waiting (v.25) Patience (4:18; 5:6-9)

What is striking about both of these passages is the lack of explicit reference to sin unless we regard Romans 8:13 and 2 Corinthians 5:10 as such. This being the case, it is reasonable to suppose that Paul, like the author of Hebrews (1:10-12), is concerned with nature or creation irrespective of sin. Nonetheless, to be in this creation, in the physical body (2 Cor.5:6,8f.), is to be separate from the Lord (Rom.8:24f., cf. vv.35,38f.). And since creation is given over to futility, decay and ultimate destruction, to love this world or this age (Rom. 12:2; 2 Tim. 4:10) is to sell an eternal spiritual heritage (Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 4:17) for a temporal mess of pottage (1 Cor. 7:31; 2 Cor. 4:18; 1 John 2:15-17).

For an OT version of the above note Pss. 102:25-28 and 103:14-18.