The apostle does indeed say in one place (Galatians 5:5), "We through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness (or justification) by faith" But this is said, not experimentally, but doctrinally; and the import of it is. 1896. 2. 5. “Joy and peace,” i.e., complete happiness. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". Not a mere taste, a transient thrill, but a fulness of deep spiritual happiness. Joy and peace minister to hope. Christ has both purchased for them, and bequeathed to them, his peace, which passeth all understanding [Note: John 14:27 and Philippians 4:7.]. But how infinitely more so is the peace “that passeth all understanding!” The great causes of all mental distress are--. Its future and desired effects. Romans 15:13, NASB: "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." But there will be the paradox, and the blessedness, of Christian experience, ‘as sorrowful yet always rejoicing.’ For the joy of the Christian life has its source far away beyond the swamps from which the sour drops of sorrow may trickle, and it is possible that, like the fabled fire that burned under water, the joy of the Lord may be bright in my heart, even when it is drenched in floods of calamity and distress. 1. The most solid ground for hope is offered--. 2. https: "Commentary on Romans 15:13". A body of professors performing religion as a task can have but small effect upon the sinners around them. It is false to impute gloom to Christianity. In believing - The effect of believing is to produce this joy and peace. Brown (2:360) refers to this as the "joy of faith" and says it is based upon "hope and confidence" that "despite all fightings and fears ( 2 Corinthians 7:5) is certain of justification through Christ." 1. As peace and joy are the native fruits of faith (Romans 5:1-2; Romans 5:11; Galatians 5:22), so hope of the glory of God necessarily accompanies or flows from all three, especially faith, the root of the whole. It is desirable and possible to abound in hope, even in the most troublesome events of life. “Such joy and such peace can come only from God.” The joy of pardon and cleansing is the faith that only God can pardon and cleanse. Now, etc. We must here exercise the faith. The collections which he made in the churches of the Gentile world in behalf of the Judeo-Christians of Palestine had the same object. 1. An apostle prays. II. What a view does this give us of heaven! 1. New Testament places Romans as the first of 21 epistles or letters to the early churches or church leaders. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. As that gospel rests on an accomplished propitiation, He is “the God of grace,” “the Father of mercies”; as it displays its present effects in the soul, He is “the God of peace,” and His name of names is love; as it reserves its blessedness for the future, He is “the God of hope,” i.e., the Fountain of the entire Christian salvation as it is not yet revealed. He ended by urging his readers to practice their righteousness in their most important relationships ( Romans 12:1 to Romans 15:13). "that ye may abound in hope"-"that...your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope." Having said before, that the Gentiles should hope in God, he takes occasion from hence to style him. You see, friend, He is the God of hope, not only for the Jew but for the Gentile. It does not mean that God is the subject of hope. An interminable perspective. But put these two things together. “Fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Believing what? "Commentary on Romans 15:13". A W Pink - PRAYER IN HOPE ROMANS 15:13. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". Explanation and Commentary of Romans 15:13 Joy, peace, and hope are three marks of a Christian, and this verse shows the way in which they are intermingled. The passage is framed by two references to hope (Romans 15:4-13). The hope here mentioned, arises, not out of believing, but out of the joy created in us by our having believed. Christians of all backgrounds must grow together in unity (15:4-13). Through the power of the Holy Ghost. This verse concludes the section dealing with the practice of God"s righteousness ( Romans 12:1 to Romans 15:13). 13 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. Our own power will never reach it; and therefore where this hope is, and is abounding, the blessed Spirit must have all the glory. 3. He is so, both objective, as being the only object of our hope, see Psalms 146:5 Jeremiah 17:7 1 Timothy 6:17; and effective, as being the only author of it, 1 Peter 1:3. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". PERSONAL NOTICES, RESPECTING THE APOSTLE HIMSELF (Romans 15:14-33),—RESPECTING THOSE GREETED (Romans 16:1-16), AND GREETING: TOGETHER WITH WARNINGS AGAINST THOSE WHO MADE DIVISIONS AMONG THEM (Romans 16:16-23);—AND CONCLUDING DOXOLOGY (Romans 16:24-27). Being freed from the torment of a guilty conscience, they have peace with God [Note: Romans 5:1.]. While confessing, indeed, that Paul is addressing the Roman Christians in a body as strong (Romans 14:1 and Romans 15:1), this critic refuses to conclude therefrom that the majority of the church were Pauline by conviction and Gentile-Christian by origin. While all graces demand His in working, these demand His power. To raise the dead. Faith is the hand which takes the blessing at God’s hand. I. St. Paul sought to teach men that religion is a thing of joy.—The general notion among the worldly runs in the opposite direction. It is wonderful how people will recover and see there is still something left. And when deep trouble comes the heart may be crushed for a time, but it is generally only for a time. https: But what joy for the man who will meet his own needs? “Lead to? Faith, when spoken of without peculiar reference, means faith in Christ, and not, as Dr. Macknight understands it, faith in any particular promise. You are not able to reach the highest condition of which the human soul is capable. 1. For lack of it a hundred evils beset modern Christianity. The Word of God is “the sword of the Spirit”; it is that by which He works. He is the object on which all hope must terminate. The lack of hope argues, then, a lack of spiritual life. Nature and philosophy may teach a dread abstraction, and may thus induce a desire for atheism. When the microscopic search of sceptioism, which had hurled the heavens and sounded the seas to disprove the existence of the Creator, has turned its attention to human society, and has found a place on this planet ten miles square where a decent man can live in decency, comfort, and security, supporting and educating his children, unspoiled and unpolluted—a place where age is reverenced, infancy respected, manhood respected, woman honoured, and human life held in due regard—when sceptics can find such a place ten miles square on this globe where the gospel of Christ has not gone and cleared the way, and laid the foundations, and made decency and security possible, it will then be in order for (sceptics) to move thither, and then ventilate their views. It is possible for us to abound in hope because the omnipotent Holy Spirit is at work in us (cf. (15:12) There is no hope apart from the God of the Bible. The Christian can do absolutely nothing apart from him (Jn 15:5). Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. "What it does is to warn us against seeking and following the lowest and most shortlived pleasures as a final end." Let us study the prayer in regard to--, I. We cannot transform ourselves! John Piper Dec 31, 1995 7 Shares Sermon. God is called the "God of peace" in Romans 15:33; Romans 16:20; and in Philippians 4:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, Hebrews 13:20; and, of course, peace is fundamental: Christ made peace by the blood of His cross. Hath He not said, “Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it”? as already there has been a representative gathering (v.7). I. I wish to notice man’s faith and God’s filling as connected, and as the foundation of everything. Observe, It is all joy and peace - all sorts of true joy and peace. Phil. All the more, then, may the God of hope fill YOU with all joy and peace in believing, that YOU may abound in hope! I. 1840-57. (2) Of this unselfishness CHRIST is the perfect Model of all Christians. 1. It is a Godlike hope — a hope which helps us to purify ourselves. Christians were people who had a message that was strange and brand new. The outward and visible displays of it. They were still under construction as Christians. 1909-1922. Because there are such spasmodic and interrupted acts of faith on our part, we possess such transient and imperfect gifts of joy and peace. #1 “May the God of hope…” God is the God of hope. 3. But the case is different with respect to hope: this cannot exist in God, as He has every good in possession, and has nothing for which to hope. It was necessary that Christ should be of some nation: He came unto the Jews to fulfil the prophecies concerning Him, and to establish the new covenant, for which the old was a preparation. How many have been sustained by hope in the most fearful difficulties! You will never have more life, except as the Holy Ghost bestows it upon you. It is he who provided for us the Saviour, and accepted him in our behalf; and has promised to cast out none who come to him in his Son’s name. "Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books". And so it is wise, in the highest regions, to have all our investments in one security; to have all our joy contingent upon one possession. Joy, peace, hope: a fair triad which all men seek, and few find and retain. He will work all things out after the counsel of His own will and perfect in you and me that which pleases Him. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.". Romans 15:13. How desirable this joy and peace are: they are filling. How quietly does He move in accomplishing His sublime decrees. I. Read more Share Copy So we turn away here from externals altogether, and regard the effect of Christianity on the inward life. One pearl of great price is worth a million of little ones. They have the promise and oath of God on their side [Note: Hebrews 6:17-18], and have already received in their souls an earnest of their inheritance [Note: Ephesians 1:14.]. This is a very necessary work, for if believers become unhappy they become weak for service. It is a Godlike hope--a hope which helps us to purify ourselves. Romans 15:13. You can take a porous pottery vessel, wrap it up in waxcloth, pitch it all over, and then drop it into mid-Atlantic, and not a drop will find its way in. The tender mother that clasps in her arms a beloved child, etc. 2. Is not this what is meant when we read, ‘Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh’? This peace cannot exist where sin reigns, and the conscience is not sprinkled as with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. One sun in the heavens outshines a million stars; and all their lustres gathered together only illuminate the night, while its rising makes the day. Hence verse 13, where the apostle... 2. Observe, (1.) I. Whence. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". << Previous | Index | Next >>. Comp. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Compare John 7:38-39; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:26-28; Galatians 5:22-26. The joy and peace of religion consist in an enlarged view of life, a wider conception of the duties demanded of it, a real comfort in the day of sorrow: these have been lost to many because of misrepresentation. “Twice have I heard this,” etc. When Jesus went into Jordan the Spirit proclaimed Him God’s beloved Son. Tragically, this expression which occurs no less than 169 times in Paul's writings seems to have gone through many minds without having made any impression at all! Moreover he demonstrated that God is consistently righteous in doing all this (chs9-11). … Able to admonish their erring fellow Christians. The apostle could not more clearly designate his readers as former Gentiles, than he does by this connection. The rest of this chapter is of the nature of an epilogue. William Newell's Commentary on Romans, Hebrews and Revelation. 3. His yearning is to fill you and me with all joy and peace, if we will just launch out and believe. II. 1874-1909. You see, this is the joy that you have in the midst of affliction or in the midst of sorrow or disappointment or pain. He is also called the God of hope, because, by raising his Son from the dead, and bringing life and immortality to light by the gospel, he hath presented to our view the most glorious object of hope possible to be presented to us; and because, by adopting believers into his family, regenerating them by his grace, constituting them his heirs, and giving them an earnest of their future inheritance in their hearts, he hath begotten them again to a lively hope of an incorruptible inheritance, an exceeding great and eternal weight of glory. And, then, mark that other word, too, “all joy and peace.” From this one gift comes an infinite variety of forms and phases of gladness and peace. As the sun fills the world with light, even so the God of hope by His presence lights up every part of our nature with the golden light of joyous peace. "The achievement of all God"s purposes for the spiritual welfare of His children comes from the power given by the Spirit of God. BibliographyGodet, Frédéric Louis. But there was one instance of creation in which the Spirit was more especially concerned, viz., the formation of the body of Christ. And the last crime of all, beyond which crime itself could go no further, was the awfully defiant attitude of moral evil, which led them, while they were fully aware of God's sentence of death pronounced on willing guilt, not only to incur it themselves, but with a devilish delight in human depravity and human ruin to take a positive pleasure in those who practise the same." Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary. The character He assumes towards them “God of hope.” In this chapter the apostle speaks of Him as the God of patience, and the God of peace. “God cannot deny Himself.” And although God may and will take His own time, we must not, as in the case of human promises, allow the heart to sicken at hope deferred. Nor need I do more than just remind you of how, in the object that the faith grasps, there is ample provision for all manner of calm and of gladness, seeing that we lay hold upon Christ, infinite in wisdom, gentleness, brotherliness, strength. In the economy of redemption, this is the province of the Holy Ghost. BibliographySchaff, Philip. He borrows from the previous chapter (verse 17). Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. Believing in Christ is trusting Christ, “But what sort of a Christ is this I am to confide in? Psalms 147:11. . IV. 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. A poor man may desire to live in a mansion, a lost spirit to dwell in heaven. You have broken the alabaster vase; you may preserve the fragments, but you cannot make it whole again. 'Be not moved away by false teachers from the hope of the Gospel, as ye were taught it by me: They would persuade you that faith in Christ is not enough for you Gentiles, and that except ye be circumcised and ken the law of Moses, ye cannot be saved; but we who are taught "by the Spirit," whether we be Jews or Gentiles, hope for no righteousness but by faith alone.' In verse33 , He is "the God of peace." But when hearts are gathered around the person of Christ who is the God of all patience and the God of all hope and the God of all comfort and the God of all peace and the God of all grace, the Eternal God, oh, friend, this knits us together in the Person of Christ. 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