Only believe; believe the goodness of Christ, the love of Christ, the promises of the covenant, and the joys and glories of heaven; let faith be the substance and evidence of these things, and the result must needs be joy and peace. Now then 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. That they might be filled with all joy and peace in believing. I can bring you all to the water, and a great many more; but I cannot make you drink; and I don’t think a hundred ministers could. Life is what we make it. Sermons on Romans-Robert Morgan. “Hope centred in that child.” How often parents with broken hearts have said that. 1. We can never exhaust His fulness, for it is infinite. Our hope is not a selfish emotion. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". M. Reuss experiences no less embarrassment in view of our passage. I. The richer the possession of present blessings (peace and joy) which the believer derives by the ever-renewed act of faith ( ἐν τῷ πιστεύειν, literally, by believing), the more does his soul rise to the lively view of future blessings, and according to the expression of the apostle, superabounds or overflows with hope. Religion is pleasurable, notwithstanding the element of discipline.—Discipline an absolute necessity, otherwise many would carry their pleasures into licence. No. Used by Permission. I. Work in moral spheres, and though the work be imperfect, there will be a beneficial reaction beyond the measure of our efforts. 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. This character is taken from the latter part of Romans 15:12, and is occasioned by it, "in him shall the Gentiles trust", or "hope"; and is proper to God as he is the author and giver of this grace; for naturally men are without it; that which is a good hope is the gift of God, and through his grace, and is wrought in the heart in regeneration; for to this are the children of God begotten again. The main thing we hope for is, the vision, love, and enjoyment of Him (Psalms 73:24). BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". To Him rational beings must look, in Him must trust. II. Observe, 3. In all others there is always some part of the nature lacking its satisfaction. ].”], [This is the fruit, rather than the root, of peace and joy. Cheerfulness a duty you owe to yourself. λ.] They do not truly reflect the religion Jesus set up among men. Through the power of the Holy Ghost — Enlightening and quickening, renewing, strengthening, and comforting you. All men desire to be happy; but very few obtain the happiness which they covet. 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. He permits evil. In verse33 , He is "the God of peace." Because of the wonderful union of His natures. Romans 15:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 15:5, NIV: "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had," Romans 15:5, ESV: "May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus," Romans 15:5, KJV: "Now the God of patience … How often do great things in the Bible, like the perpetual cycles of nature, begin where they end and end where they begin. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". πληρώσαι κ.τ.λ. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. God can never raise an expectation in His creatures for the mere purpose of disappointing them. 2. All the spiritual life which exists in this world is the creation of the Holy Spirit. As Christians are one body in Christ, so the great law of love binds them to act in all things with tenderness and consideration for their brethren in “the common salvation” (Romans 15:1, Romans 15:2). 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. "the God of hope"-the God who has removed us from the state of "no hope" (Ephesians 2:11-12). hope. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/romans-15.html. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. My, what a verse! The reference to the "Spirit" is best explained by verse19. II. "Complete Commentary on Romans 15:13". 3. ‘The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope.’ Here, again, the Apostle does not trouble himself to define the object of the hope. At least three of the apostle’s quotations call us to joy (verses 10-12). One part of this petition is, that God would "fill them with all joy"; not with every kind of joy; not with worldly joy, or with the joy of hypocrites, who rejoice in sin, or in their own boastings, which is evil; but with spiritual joy, joy in God as a covenant God and Father; in Christ, in his person, righteousness, and salvation; and in the Holy Ghost, the author of it, whose fruit it is; and in the Gospel, doctrines, blessings, and promises of it; and in the view and hope of the heavenly glory, amidst various afflictions and tribulations: and it designs an abundance of it, even a fulness thereof; though the petition implies, that as yet it is not full; it is frequently interrupted and broke in upon by the corruption of nature, and falls into sin, by the temptations of Satan, through divine desertions, and various trials and exercises; yet it supposes it may be increased, as by the renewed discoveries of the love of God, of interest in Christ, and through the gracious influences of the Spirit; and even made full and complete, though not in this, yet in the other world: another branch of the petition is, that God would fill with "peace", with a sense of their peace with him, made by the blood of Christ; with a conscience peace in their own breasts, arising from a view of their justification by the righteousness of Christ, and from the sprinklings of his blood upon them; and also with peace one among another, which was much wanting, and the apostle was very desirous of: and all this he asks, that it might come to them "in believing"; in the way of faith, and the exercise of that grace; for joy comes this way; faith and joy go together; where one is, the other is also; and as the one increases, so does the other; a believing view of interest in Christ is attended with joy unspeakable, and full of glory: and so peace comes in at the door of faith: there is no true peace till a soul is brought to believe in Christ; and that is promoted and increased by repeated acts of faith on Christ, or by a constant living by faith on him; see Isaiah 26:3. ‘As Romans 15:1-4 passed into a blessing (Romans 15:5-6), so now the hortatory discourse, begun afresh in Romans 15:7, passes into a blessing, which forms, at the same time, the close of the entire section (from chap. You can have a real and a settled joy. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/romans-15.html. 1. Now, it is not only towards God that we exercise trust, but wherever it is exercised, to some extent, and in the measure in which the object on which it rests is discovered by experience to be worthy, it produces precisely these results. But what then? "Living By Faith: Commentary on Romans". "Commentary on Romans 15:13". The only source of true joy and peace is God Himself. Rom . True joy and peace may be very satisfactory evidences, but their absence, during certain seasons, can often be accounted for on some other hypothesis than that of the absence of faith. It is like the morning cloud and early dew. The text speaks of an abounding hope. As the Spirit is a quickener to make us and our work alive, so must He specially be with us to make those alive with whom we have to deal for Jesus. ‘The God of hope fill you . Too oft we pray for worldly good, and not to be filled with joy and peace in believing. The God that the Gentiles could "hope" in also. There is no exception or exclusion, except that which individuals themselves unwisely make. Moreover, God is the object of it; not wealth and riches, nor works of righteousness, but Jehovah, Father, Son, and Spirit, particularly Christ, is called the believer's hope; that is, the object of it, in whom the Gentiles hope and trust. As Christians are one body in Christ, so the great law of love binds them to act in all things with tenderness and consideration for their brethren in 'the common salvation.'. Romans 1:1-14. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/romans-15.html. Painful penances? It is however preferable, that faith should be connected with peace and joy; for it is the bond of holy and legitimate concord, and the support of godly joy. How necessary the question, Are we “begotten again to a lively hope”? The topic of Romans 14:1–15:13is love and Christian liberty. Some Christian people fancy they can live upon past faith. Sceptics and others say that they have joy—deep, solemn, self-respecting, abiding—in looking into the heavens and nature as mysteries, the delight coming from the endeavour to solve them. Rom . Joy and peace are the element of a Christian, but he is sometimes out of his element. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". It should always be kept in view that these fruits of the Spirit, first of joy, and next of peace, Galatians 5:22, cannot be produced except in connection with the other fruits of the Spirit, and in the way of obedience, and in carefully abstaining from grieving the Spirit. You will get it then; you will get it in no other way. Christians were people who had a message that was strange and brand new. The man whose hope is confined to his individual interests is not a Christian. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. 1835. Some try the plan of scrupulous observance of all religious ceremonies. God is the God of hope. He borrows from the previous chapter (verse 17). The same power is requisite to cause grace to abound, or saints to abound in the exercise of it, as was to the first production of it. The most solid ground for hope is offered--. The more you have of Jesus Christ in your lives and hearts to-day, the surer you will be that whatever death may do, it cannot touch that, and the more ludicrously impossible it will seem that anything that befalls this poor body can touch the bond that knits us to Jesus Christ. But here, in this great fountain of water in Chapter 15.13 (Romans 15:13), we find that a daily, hourly life "filled with all joy and peace in believing, abounding in hope," is the normal state for every one who is in Christ! Wilbur M. Smith wrote on this subject, thus: The same author devoted a full chapter to the exposition of this verse; and the paragraph regarding the means of procuring peace and joy has this: Wonderful as are Smith's words, as regards the necessity of believing it is not by this "alone" that people shall receive the blessing. Ver. And He is the God of hope who can fill you with all joy, with all peace in believing. You will get peace just as the florist gets his flower from the bulb; but you will never get the bulb from the flower. By faith we resemble an infant at the mother’s breast — — — However favoured we are, we can receive nothing but by the exercise of faith [Note: James 1:6-7. II. The second of three consecutive readings from Romans is designated for the second Sunday of Advent. This probability is, however, increased to certainty by the gospel. Romans 16:19-24 Commentary. ‘For that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.’. If we desire to abound in hope by the power of the Holy Ghost, we must with confidence pray to obtain His sacred influences and Divine teaching. The Holy Spirit: for abs. God sometimes permits the use of titles descriptive of what He is in Himself, and sometimes of names denoting His relation to His creatures. — God is called the God of hope, because He is the author of all the well-grounded hope of His people. He is not like the fabled deities of old, pleased to execute vengeance; He delights in mercy, "showing it to thousands of them that love Him." When 'the God of hope fills us with all joy and peace in believing,' we cannot but "abound in hope,". 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. The rest of this chapter is of the nature of an epilogue. In Romans 15:33, He is the God of peace who will "be with you all." All indeed are not sufficiently studious to “walk thus in the light:” but, what the Apostle prayed for on the behalf of all, it is the privilege of all to possess. It falls into two parts: (1) Romans 15:14-21, in which Paul, while apologising for the tone which he has occasionally employed, justifies himself for writing to the Romans by appealing to his vocation as an Apostle; and (2) Romans 15:22; Romans 15:33, in which he explains to them the programme of his future work, including his long-deferred visit to them, and begs their prayers for a successful issue to his visit to Jerusalem. (J. Jowett, M.A.). As it respects the present life hope is in some sense the abiding grace. We do then abound in hope when we hope for great things from God, and are greatly established and confirmed in these hopes. But, as Judges 1:20 tells us, we must "build up ourselves on our most holy faith." It will sometimes fly up to God with such a power that eagles’ wings cannot match it; but it is also potent the other way, for my imagination has taken me down to the vilest kennels and sewers of earth. A hopeless person has no joy, no joy, nothing to look forward to, living exactly in the present. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the 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. (C. H. Spurgeon). "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". (4) The harmonious glorification of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ by the whole body of the redeemed, as it is the most exalted fruit of the scheme of redemption, so it is the last end of God in it (Ro 15:5-7). But the best, the highest, the truly divine gifts which He is yearning to give to us all, cannot be given except there be consent, trust, and desire for them. Now if this be so, and Christ comes into the world and says, “Trust, and I will save you,” He has God to back Him, and the honour of the Trinity is pledged to every soul that comes to Christ. How charming is “the glory of God in the face of Christ.” His power, which was once so terrible, now becomes delightful. The God to whom it is addressed. That joy and peace are exceedingly desirable for your own sakes and for the sake of your acquaintances, who set down your despondency to your religion. (15:12) There is no hope apart from the God of the Bible. 4. This peace cannot exist where sin reigns, and the conscience is not sprinkled as with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. God will surely keep His Word to every one of His people. See Ephesians 2:7. The text may be used to correct two common and dangerous errors. The reason is, that one is the agent and the other the instrument in this great work. . (A. Maclaren, D. D.). Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 16:1-4 Commentary. That ye may abound in hope. And when Jesus was gone the master attestation of the Spirit was when He came like a rushing mighty wind, and cloven tongues. He is also "the God of hope." The most desponding are often raised by Him to a good hope through grace; and the most guilty are in a moment relieved, and made to hope in His mercy. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". ], [It would be thought by many that “peace” should have preceded “joy”; but the experience of God’s people accords exactly with the Scriptures [Note: Compare Isaiah 55:12. with the text.]. Our nationality or background has nothing to do with our standing before God. As Romans 15:1-4 passed into a blessing (Romans 15:5-6), so now the hortatory discourse, begun afresh in Romans 15:7, passes into a blessing ( δέ), which forms, at the same time, the close of the entire section (from chap. God sees the future, and has no need to overcome the cloud of the present by drawing from the future the light of hope. 2. It is because my faith makes it possible for God to give me Himself that He only gives Himself on condition of my faith. εἰς τὸ περ. 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. The Word of God is “the sword of the Spirit”; it is that by which He works. It exhibits God as a present Father and Friend, and assures an eternity of blessedness in Christ. Yet even the true Christian often falls short of the blessedness which he might enjoy. . Such is the unavoidable inference from the text. He is again the God of peace who "shall be with you" in Philippians 4:9. Where He is revealed as the God of hope. But we are not to be content with peace alone. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". Benson. The mercy shown both to the Gentiles and to the Jews (Romans 11:32) is well adapted to justify the invitation to the mutual receiving spoken of in our Romans 15:7. What it leads to. Touch the button and switch off, and out goes the light. As the Holy Spirit is the author of peace, and as faith and hope, peace and joy, are the greatest helps to true unity, this benediction is a fitting close to the exhortation respecting mutual forbearance and true fellowship, which forms the most striking passage in the practical part of the Epistle. Able to admonish their erring fellow Christians. Men who are not Christians are “without God and without hope.” (E. McChesney, Ph.D.), I. Faith rests upon the “It is finished” already spoken; hope rejoices in the assurance of another “It is finished” which the creation waits to hear. Observe how he addresses himself to God, as the God of hope. III. Why? These are based on hope, but are the direct fruit of believing. How quietly does He move in accomplishing His sublime decrees. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. The reasons alleged by Baur against the authenticity of the first part of this chapter have appeared to us without force. 2. Romans 15:13; Romans 15:14-16; Romans 15:17-19; Romans 15:20-22; Romans 15:23-24; Romans 15:25-28; Romans 15:29; Romans 15:30-33; Romans 16. The apostle would have us filled with peace--the true peace--the peace which was the Father’s token, the Son’s legacy, the Spirit’s seal and earnest unto the day of a complete redemption. Compare John 7:38-39; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:26-28; Galatians 5:22-26. He is also the Author of our hope. We must here exercise the faith. “Behold he prayeth” is one of the earliest signs of the new birth. Faith rests upon the goodness and truth of Him who hath promised; and hope, raising itself upon faith so established, stands up and looks out to the future accomplishment of the promise. Its sharp scythe cuts through all other bonds, but its edge is turned when it is tried against the golden chain that binds the believing soul to the Christ in whom he has believed. 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. 2. It is desirable and possible to abound in hope, even in the most troublesome events of life. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". To trust Christ because you just feel happy is--, II. What a wonderful thing to be among those (sadly few!) III. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/romans-15.html. We may not only be somewhat comforted, but we may be full of joy, etc. John Trapp Complete Commentary. It is the servant of many of them, but is itself served by all. 1. Having described the hope that the Gentiles will have in the Messiah (Romans 15:12), and the confirmation of the promises to ‘the circumcised’ (the Jews - Romans 15:8), Paul now speaks of God as ‘the God of hope’. Spurgeon.). It is by his power alone that the Christian has the hope of eternal life; see Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:24. Then comes a supreme moment when hope, or faith working by hope, is the only anchor of the soul; and when it has endured its final strain it will be glorified for ever. He knows exactly how much we can stand. ), A hopeless life is a bitter life. Nothing in Christianity to refute Solomon's saying, "To everything there is a season"; but we may make one exception there—namely, no time for the gospel of gloom. III. There is no reason why we should hang our heads and live in perpetual doubt. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". 1. For lack of it a hundred evils beset modern Christianity. The heathen wept amid the ruins, but the apostle could sing amid the ruins of worldly hopes; and why may not we? The GOD who gives us this hope; cf. Fill you with all joy and peace in believing, i.e. For they, in their sweetness, prophesy perpetuity. All the evidences of the truth of Christianity which can be gathered from analogy, history, and external facts, are nothing whatever compared with the operations of the Spirit of God. 1. The apostle did not tell us what was the object of the faith that he enjoined. Spurgeon.). No; but the power of the Holy Ghost can. Learn, 2. Go to. And that same faith will again bring these two bright-winged angels into the most saddened and troubled lives, because that faith brings right relations with ourselves. The whole work of grace is, not by might nor by power, but by God’s Spirit [Note: Zechariah 4:6.]. BibliographyGodbey, William. The last words: the power of the Holy Spirit, point out to the reader once more, as in Romans 14:17, the true power which they ought to seek, in opposition to the factitious power by which one exalts himself so easily above others. That same power which raised Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies. Romans 1:16-18 by Wayne Barber . Our God is a blessed God, so that to believe in Him is to find happiness and rest. Romans 16:25-27 Commentary. Such a hope springs from faith, — in effect, is one with it. Believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable, 1 Peter 1:8. 2. 3. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". For example, God has declared that every Christian is going to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Is your joy full? And here the Word and the Spirit join together to make us “abound in hope.”, 2. 5. 1897. By believing; that is the means to be used. If they were filled with this, there would be no strife and contention. We shall look at the power of the Holy Ghost in--. But nothing is too great for God to give to the believing suppliant. There must be man’s faith before there can be God’s filling. If He will but enlighten the Church thoroughly there will be an end of divisions. 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! Because of the evident truthfulness of His character. The "believing" of Romans 15:13 is, of course, that "living by faith in the Son of God" of which Paul speaks in Galatians 2:20. God is infinitely above hope; Satan is infinitely below it; this is the glory of the one, it is the degradation of the other. And so believing, we come to that root of all real gladness which is anything better than a crackling of thorns under a pot, and to that beginning of all true tranquillity. A longing after the harmony with the eternal law of moral order will fill us with despair as we feel that we are incapable of satisfying the soul's infinite longings. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Every growth of spiritual life, from the first tender shoot until now, has also been His work. 13. ὁ δὲ θεὸς τῆς ἐλπίδος. He gives us fellowship with God Himself. It will rest upon “the God of Hope,” as the God who rules over all the world. “that ye may abound,” etc. I. V. The false representations have done great mischief.—Some have held aloof, refusing the yoke of Christ, and have lost much abiding peace. It's rather remarkable that our Saviour is called "the God of peace" more than anything else in the New Testament. When Jesus went into Jordan the Spirit proclaimed Him God’s beloved Son. It will not tolerate forgetfulness of God and duty, laxity of service, questionable fraternity with the world that opposes God. There are various aspects or departments of the work which the Holy Ghost has come to do for the people of Christ. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Before man can possess real Christian hope he must have--, 1. III. Think of the picture of the Christless world! 2. The new covenant was for the benefit of all, according to the prediction of Isaiah: "There shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and His rest shall be glorious." ], II. What is the purpose of it all? 3. BibliographyPett, Peter. Hope may be taken as including the other two, as it is upon the certainty of the Messianic promises that they all depend, just as it is through the constant energising power of the Holy Ghost that they are kept alive. It is chiefly to be defined by negatives, though they are positive enough for man’s desire. 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