18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.And his points about Groaning before Glory are well taken; I think it could be taken further, and we could say with the Theologian, John that God's glory is death to self and life found in the other (subject-in-being). So that groaning is the obverse of God's glory (in a sense), and not just a precursor in a temporal kind of 'sequentiation' or linear movement (albeit there is this reality too). There is a dialectic between groaning and glory best typified with ontic reality in something like what the Apostle Paul wrote in II Corinthians 4:10,
10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
Groaning in these bodies of death is the Christian reality; only because we have the groaning of the Spirit uniting us with the groaning of the Spirit anointed humanity of Jesus for us. We live in and out of his life, both his death and resurrection; it is in this locution of God's Word that groaning has meaning and purpose from God's life in Christ as the purpose and point of all creation (Col. 1:15).
You can watch the 5.5 minutes of sermon on 'Groaning' from Powery by clicking HERE.