Which God tomorrow Cranfield - To have one's faith proved by God in the fires of tribulation and sustained by Him so as to stand the test is to have one's hope in Him and in the fulfilment of His promises, one's hope of His glory (Ro 5:2), strengthened and confirmed. But there is another enemy to our assurance. According to Paul (and according to Jesus, as He says in Matthew 19:4-6), Adam and Eve were real people and what they did has a lasting effect to the present day. This is all-important. Ernst Hoffmann, Hope is the mother of patience. In short, Christians can boast and rejoice in tribulations (Acts 5:41, cf Acts 14:22) fully confident of what those tribulations are guaranteed to produce. We are saved by Christ’s death (Ro 5:9), but we are also saved by His life (Ro 5:10) as “the power of His resurrection” (Php 3:10-note, Ro 1:4-note) operates in our lives. And the thing that sustained his hope was the love of his family and many friends as they stood by him. 4 And this patience is proof that we are strong. The one is (as divines say) the assurance of faith; the other, the assurance of sense. All of that has to do with God’s loving us in this life. Context Summary. The catalog's warm, friendly tone seemed to invite people to picture themselves as they lived, worked, and dressed at the time, and as they hoped to become. That’s the most incredible message in Romans 5 for the believer that you can find. Moffatt, “floods our hearts”). He then is all my hope and stay. It is the power of all our service. In his book Live With Your Emotions, Hazen G. Werner quotes part of a letter from a woman who had run out of hope. Chicago: Moody Press), Constable writes that in this verse we see "The fourth benefit of justification therefore is the indwelling Holy Spirit. ", (The antithesis of hope) - Someone said, "Sure, I live in the past. When Paul speaks about rejoicing in suffering, he is speaking about GENUINELY REJOICING IN SUFFERING. His brother Patience, with thews of steel, went with him, and tired not in the longest days under the heaviest labours. Being justified by faith he has peace with God. He would take a ladle and throw it off. The Bible certainly is God's book of hope. -- Herbert Vander Lugt    The Christian's hope is in the Lord,  He rests secure in his sure word;  And when he's tempted to despair,  He'll choose to trust God's love and care. (Read Romans 5:15-19) Through one man's offence, all mankind are exposed to eternal condemnation. The English poet Alexander Pope said, "Hope springs eternal in the human breast, man never is but always to be blessed." 6 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, 7 his faith is credited as righteousness. The Holy Spirit entered, Notice how the first three aspects of the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22, 23-see notes Gal 5:22; 23) are experienced: love (Ro 5:5), joy (Ro 5:2), and peace (Ro 5:1). Hope can break your heart. When Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego went through the fiery furnace in the book of Daniel, the only things that burned on them were the things that bound them. We are not suffering alone. What that woman seemingly stumbled onto by accident, the psalmist knew from experience. Wiersbe reminds us that "Before we were saved, God proved His love by sending Christ to die for us. Love of God could be interpreted as the love God has for us or the love we now have for Him, but in view of the fact that "God demonstrates His own love for us" in verse 8, the love of God most likely refers to His love for us. That’s why you must “watch over your heart with all diligence” (Pr 4:23). You have "proof" that your faith is real for it has been tested and has stood the test. So it was with an Italian prisoner of war being held on a military base in the United States during World War II. 1:10). That’s the difference between a person in the world and a person who knows Jesus Christ. It was a golden feeling." - C H Spurgeon, THE DANGER OF "COUNTERFEIT HOPE" - "The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope," wrote journalist Norman Cousins, who himself survived a near-fatal illness and a massive heart attack. Not just our faith, but what we put our faith in. The camp commander, knowing that the man had been a stonemason, asked him if he could design a chapel for the base. We are being changed. Billy Graham, Man has no ability to repair this damaged planet. 2 Through him we have also c obtained access by faith 2 into this grace d in which we stand, and e we 3 rejoice 4 in of Shut be my door to pain. Billy Graham, Christ wants to give you hope for the future. — Reprinted by permission. We're hurting. Romans 4:5, CSB : "But to the one who does not work, but believes on him who declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness." Every son whom God receives, he chastens because he loves him -- not because he hates him -- but because he loves him {cf, Heb12:6}. God is the greatest god you can ever be around. Nothing confounds more than disappointment. I've observed that many genuine believers experience the same mixture of feelings Job had. Paul knows that there is more than one enemy to our assurance. It is our character that God is after, and this is why (in love) he introduces suffering, tribulation, trials, disappointments, and anguish into our lives. It rests in Christ who is coming again. He begins by assuring us that since God saved us while we were still enemies and unworthy sinners, he will certainly carry through this salvation by Christ's life in us (5:8, 10). Jesus told His disciples to feed on that hope because He was the hope for years to come. We thought God loved us, but it turns out he didn't. Philippi rightly observes that "The love of God does not descend upon us as dew in drops, but as a stream which spreads itself abroad through the whole soul, filling it with the consciousness of his presence and favor. Billy Graham, Only because Jesus is God and we have confessed Him as Savior and Lord, can He bestow and we receive these benefits, this blessed assurance and hope (see Romans 10:9). Why? God is our only hope! Dokime is the quality of being approved and thus of having a demonstrated character… Words in this family (dokimazo, dokime, dokimos, or adokimos) emphasize that the test is designed to display the genuineness of that which is tried. George Sweeting, The word hope in Scripture is a term of certainty. He is interested in our lives -- it is what the work does to us, it is what life is doing to us. Approval. Everlasting shame and confusion will be caused by the perishing of the expectation of the wicked for as Proverbs 10:28 says "The hope of the righteous (of who?) Thomas Manton, I am walking toward a bright light and the nearer I get the brighter it is. Set your hope on Christ's promises. We hold fast to the hope we have received in Christ because our God is faithful. But the thing that sustained him during those difficult months was not the explanations of the doctors but the promises they gave him that he would recover. Then did the turmoil deep with him cease. To our amazement, a certainty grows in our hearts that God is doing his work just as he promised. Jesus Christ is an atonement, Romans 5:11. But vain the word; vain, vain: You have "proof" that your faith is real for it has been tested and has stood the test. (Isaiah 28:16 - quoted in 1Pe 2:6-note), "This hope does not prove illusory" (Sanday and Headlam). 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (1Ti 4:8-note), And so for a believer, trials work FOR and NOT AGAINST us. 5:5. This hope became a major theme of the New Testament. That was his hope. Today a unique chapel stands at the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. For the first time, those children had hope. Wrong. Once Peter came to the Lord, trying, in his blindness, to defend Christ, and Christ said to him, ""Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers" {cf, Lk 22:31,32}. He can do that with a rock, or a stone, or a child, or a tree -- it makes no difference. H ere is a summary of Romans chapter 5 with a Bible study and commentary. William Gurnall, The Christian’s hope is like a rainbow. We know this because God has poured out his … Then one evening in the midst of my despair, I felt the impulse to say, `Thank you, God, anyway,' and for a moment it was light. (MacArthur, J: Ephesians. He is an Illuminator of the glory of God's love in the work of Christ. Side by side there stood his kinsman Self-denial, and his friend Importunity. Because - When you see a conjunction like because, remember that it signifies that the writer is providing the grounds or basis for a previous statement (or group of statements). I take the phrase "love of God" in verse 5 ("the love of God has been poured out within our hearts") to refer mainly to God's love for us, not our love for God… Whatever else we say about this experience, let this be said: it is not decisively the work of man, but the work of God. John Calvin, Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless. Father!" We might be fake Christians, no Christians at all, even though we are religious and belong to the Church. One by one the giant forest kings were overthrown, but the labour was immense and incessant. Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; Each believer has the Spirit of Christ (Ro 8:9-note) in the sense that He is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (cf. Hope (1680) (elpis) in Scripture is not the world's definition of "I hope so", with a few rare exceptions (e.g., Acts 27:20) Hope is defined as a desire for some future good with the expectation of obtaining it. ROMANS CHAPTER 5 Romans 5:1 Notice how the last word in Rom. When we go through these things it proves what we are. (Click Faith Faces Life for complete sermon), Hope is faith in the future tense. W. B. Eerdmans; Inter-Varsity Press), In a passage with a parallel thought to Romans 5:5, John records that "on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. It is essentially one, yet made up of the most glorious colours which, though they merge together to form an exquisite whole, may each be admired individually. He calls it the pouring out of the love of God within our hearts. Romans 4:5(NASB) Verse Thoughts The man or woman who is justified by grace through faith in Christ has been declared righteous by God - and the only criteria to be justified in the eyes of God is to believe - … Hope makes us confident. This can be accounted for by Luke's theological interests which are extended in the Acts of the Apostles, which has been rightly named “The Acts of the Holy Spirit” because of the prominence given to the Spirit… All apostolic writers witnessed to the reality of the Spirit in the church; however, the apostle Paul, who wrote more than any other author, offers the most theological reflection on the subject. Hope that has its foundation in God will not crumble under the pressures of life. The world would stand up and defy everything I am saying. Of that natural hope, Omar Khayyam said, "It is like snow in the desert." AND (biblical) HOPE DOES NOT (never, ever) DISAPPOINT (ashamed) : e de elpis ou kataischunei (3SPAI): Jeremiah writes "Blessed is the man that trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. That is what Hebrews 12:5ff says, doesn't it? Shall stir me and sustain; The meaning is, that long afflictions borne patiently show a Christian what he is; they test his religion, and prove that it is genuine. Thomas Brooks, We are refugees from the sinking ship of this present world order, so soon to disappear; our hope is fixed in the eternal order, where the promises of God are made good to his people in perpetuity. His oath, His covenant, His blood  poor men, if we were all as destitute of the blessed comfort itself as these Tamul speakers are of the word! Hope is the looking forward to something with some reason for confidence respecting fulfillment. The pouring out of divine love marks an interesting contrast with John's 9 uses of ekcheo in Revelation 16, all but one referring to a pouring out of God's wrath. Solomon writes that "Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Pr 13:12). The word means either the process of trial, proving, as 2 Corinthians 8:2, or the result of trial, approvedness, Philippians 2:22. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. . He can say from experience "I have trusted God in the middle of the trouble and found that God is faithful!". When he was suffering and feeling that death would come soon, he experienced mixed feelings -- dread, despair, and hope. In itself it might refer to the act of testing (2 Corinthians Then, in profound sadness, he would add, "But hope needs a foundation." Poured out (1632) (ekcheo from ek = out + chéo = pour) means literally to pour out, and pictures not a trickle, but a lavish outpouring to the point of overflowing. - Robert Shannon, Keep Hope Alive - A couple of weeks ago, as I was driving away from the Los Angeles airport, a huge, brilliantly illuminated billboard arrested my attention. Solomon writes that…, When a wicked man dies, his expectation (Hebrew = tiqvah = hope) will perish, and the hope of strong men perishes (comes to nothing). (MacArthur, J: Romans 1-8. Read full chapter The rivers of living water now can flow out of believers because God has poured into them His love by His Spirit. The writer to the Hebrews clearly stated the importance of hope when he wrote, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Heb. He told me Doris was going into labor and to get her into the car and take her to the emergency room right away. Hodge notes that "this inward assurance that we are the objects of the love of God is not the mere result of the examination of evidence, nor is it a vain delusion, but it is produced by the Holy Spirit: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Ro 8:16 [note]; 2Co 1:21,22; Ep 1:14 [note]). What if we make it through tribulation with proven faith and growing hope, and in the end that hope proves to have been built on sand? She writes this under the title, The Shadowed Way: He said, "I will forget the dying faces; One of the Holy Spirit's main roles is to "make us deeply and refreshingly aware that God loves us. —Lewis Smedes, "Keep Hope Alive,", Once on a time, certain strong labourers were sent forth by the great King to level a primeval forest, to plough it, to sow it, and to bring to him the harvest. "Malformed? They had begun to suffer persecution under Nero. 1Cor 13:13).. (Expository Notes on the Bible). G Campbell Morgan remarks that the words in this verse "lead us a step further in our understanding of the nature of Chris­tian hope. God hath depleted is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked perishes.". Some even lost their lives. Then the ad comes: "Buy Sock'em Tires! It works an experience of ourselves. Everyone in the world suffers, but Ro 8:17 (note) says we suffer with Christ. —Ps 119:114 Billy Graham, Faith and a good conscience are hope’s two wings. Paul’s argument is that if God did all that for us while we were His enemies, how much more will He do for us now that we are His children! ὑπομονὴ has more of the sense of bravery and effort than the English “patience”: it is not so passive. All rights reserved). I disagree. That is the sense of dokime in Romans 5:3,4. Hence patience is called “patience of hope,” because it is hope that makes the soul exercise patience and long-suffering under the cross, until the time comes to enjoy the crown. I have always liked that word. Is ours from heaven above; For many months I visited a young man in a hospital who had almost burned to death. And having the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit, Romans 5:5. Through showers the sunbeams fall; But upon believing, I receive the Spirit (see note Romans 8:9). I am saved by what the Lord Jesus did for me. Who wants to thank God for trials? 2Corinthians 8:2 that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. And Paul's answer here to it is not an argument, but an experience. Some Christians live as if it was only a trickle but God wants us to know the outpouring of His love. (Click Romans 5:3-8 for full sermon). But most ancients—Hebrews, Greeks, and many others—considered the heart to be the center of knowledge, understanding, thinking, and wisdom. The Greek word means to test for approval. If we could see suffering from God’s point of view, we would stand up and rejoice in our suffering. When we get discouraged, we can talk to ourselves as David did: "Why are you cast down, 0 my soul? WITHIN OUR HEARTS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WAS GIVEN TO US: en tais kardiais hemon dia pneumatos hagiou tou dothentos (APPNSG) hemin: Within our hearts - The manifestation of God's love is not an external revelation as one might see in His works of providence or even in His act of redemption, but it is diffused within our hearts. Never Give Up Hope - For the first decade of our marriage, my wife, Doris, and I hoped passionately for a child. Assurance is by the word of the truth of the gospel. We on the other road—the one of endless hope—must awaken them with our shouts of joy, "He is the Christ. Not in aloofness lieth peace. They were stout-hearted and strong, and willing enough for labour, and much they needed all their strength and more. Peter Anderson. I am saved by what the Lord Jesus did for me. The Bible is not a spiritual mail-order catalog, but in its pages we vividly see ourselves both as we are today and as we hope to be. It is not owing to a good family of origin. If you read that without knowing Romans, you would think he had lost his mind. A ransom has been provided, a Saviour has been sent: I accept the ransom, I believe in the Saviour. That self-emptying sacrificial love becomes the inspiration of all our thinking, of all our doing. William Jenkyn, My future is as bright as the promises of God. But upon believing, I receive the Spirit (see Romans 8). For God, who loveth all his works Do you know what that means? It had the hope of being rescued, so it didn't give up as easily. 5:12 "Therefore" Romans has several strategically placed "therefores" (cf. I have tried this. He wondered how he could get them to even look at him. That too is a great obstacle to our assurance. He can be trusted with anything and everything we will ever face—both for today and forever. 1:5). It's about the only thing I have to look forward to!". Richards - The word group from which dokime comes draws our attention to testing as a means of determining genuineness and thus as a grounds for giving approval. The Holy Spirit makes it happen. Assurance is by the word of the truth of the gospel. He is our hope! Of that natural hope, Benjamin Franklin said, "He that lives upon hope will die fasting." ", Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. In the end, hope triumphed over despair. (Acts 10:45). This is why Paul said in 1Th 5:18 (note), "in everything give thanks.". Romans chapter 5, however, is one passage that provides a foundational understanding of who we are in Christ. In a secondary way, however, heart relates to the will and emotions because they are influenced by the intellect. (Romans 5), James writes a similar motivating truth "Blessed is a man who perseveres (hupomone - present tense = continually, habitually) under trial (peirasmos); for once he has been approved (dokimos), he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." For sure this one relates to This is what God brings us to. And, I get awfully upset by these pious Christians who go around with a smile screwed on their faces and pretend like they are enjoying suffering." John Blanchard, Bless God that there is in us resurrection life, and that there awaits us a resurrection morn! And gives us faith and love. Dokime - 7x in 6v - NAS = ordeal(1), proof(2), proven character(2), proven worth(1), test(1). The Lord will show you your spiritual condition and tell you what He would have you do to bless others.—D. The POW accepted the assignment and even supervised its construction. We're broken. Alas! This is mainly a personal experience of God's love flooding the heart with an immediate sense of God's reality and love. —Mote. The Greek preposition is eis which conveys the primary idea of motion into any place or thing, in this case into the heart, the "control tower" so to speak of the believer's being. Billy Graham, Earth’s troubles fade in the light of heaven’s hope. Peter says in 1Peter 1:6 (note), "In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof [same word] of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1989. (Psalm 25:3), Spurgeon writes "The prayer may be viewed as a promise; our Heavenly Father will never let his trustful children find him untrue or unkind. The joyous hope of eternal glory, Romans 5:2. It is rather that He fills us with His love by the Spirit, so that we love what He loves, and as He loves. Clare Booth, A man full of hope will be full of action. ", Wuest paraphrase nicely conveys this thought also picking up the essence of ekcheo in the perfect tense "has been poured out in our hearts and still floods them through the agency of the Holy Spirit Who was given to us. Moreover, when we "trust and obey," our confidence in Him grows, and hope triumphs over dread and despair. In a context like this the verb has the Hebrew usage where one is said to be put to shame who suffers a repulse, or whom some hope has deceived. Don Basham, ‘Hope’ is biblical shorthand for unconditional certainty. MacArthur - The more a believer pursues holiness, the more he is persecuted and troubled and the greater will be his hope as he is sustained through it all by God’s powerful grace. Don’t you eternally stand in My favor? What have I done, that God should treat me like this?" Never give up hope. Now, it is true that HE may use Satan, and Satan does attack us, but NEVER without the permission of Christ. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, (Ro 8:35-note). I do not know how many operations and skin grafts he had during those months, or how many specialists visited him. 2Corinthians 13:3 since you are seeking for proof of the Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you. Geoffrey B. Wilson, Josh 10:24,25; 1Sa 17:34, 35, 36, 37; Ps 27:2,3; 42:4,5; 71:14,18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24; 2Cor 4:8, 9, 10; 2Ti 4:16, 17, 18, Job 27:8; Ps 22:4,5; Isa 28:15, 16, 17, 18; 45:16,17; 49:23; Jer 17:5, 6, 7, 8; Phil 1:20; 2Th 2:16; 2Ti 1:12; Heb 6:18,19, Ro 8:14, 15, 16, 17,28; Mt 22:36,37; 1Cor 8:3; Heb 8:10, 11, 12; 1Jn 4:19, Isa 44:3, 4, 5; Ezek 36:25; 2Cor 1:22; 3:18; 4:6; Gal 4:6; 5:22; Ep 1:13; Ep 3:16, 17, 18, 19; 4:30; Titus 3:5. Chicago: Moody Press, Spirit-Filled Believers Are Like Artesian Wells. 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