If a man’s conscience and inclinations pull him two different ways, he is torn asunder as by wild horses. Observe, 2. It deals with the springs of action in the individual life. V. The false representations have done great mischief.—Some have held aloof, refusing the yoke of Christ, and have lost much abiding peace. To raise the dead. But there is not a minister breathing who can win man’s heart himself. III. 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. The future is a glorious sequence of revelations which the God of hope has yet to disclose (Romans 8:20; Rom_8:24). Every word in the prayer should be a plea. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". 1. Hodge's Commentary on Romans, Ephesians and First Corintians. The original power of all exercise of Christian grace—in power from the Holy Spirit; cf. 4. It is desirable and possible to abound in hope, even in the most troublesome events of life. Why then you can get joy and peace through believing. In Romans 15:33, He is the God of peace who will "be with you all." ‘The best has yet to be’ is the true Christian thought in contemplating the future for myself, for my dear ones, for God’s Church, and for God’s universe. It is a good sign that the spring is come, that the weather is warm; but there are mild days in winter. Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae. 1. But so long as these very men are dependent upon the religion which they discard for every privilege they enjoy, they may well hesitate a little before they seek to rob the Christian of his hope, and humanity of its faith in that Saviour who alone has given to man that hope of life eternal, which makes life tolerable and society possible, and robs death of its terrors and the grave of its gloom.—James Russell Lowell. Because the object of chap. Many things sank into the mere shows and semblances of realities; and, in truth, this was the case with the assemblies of the people, the senate, and the high officers of religion and the State. It would follow therefrom that the wherefore of Romans 15:7 was immediately connected with the end of chap. 2. I cannot save you, but I know my Master can. Painful penances? A second class of believers become deeply exercised as to a life of "victory over sin." 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. 1870. III. This peace cannot exist where sin reigns, and the conscience is not sprinkled as with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no reason why we should hang our heads and live in perpetual doubt. Have you ever seen a person filled with delight? Matthews. Deeper things will be elsewhere unfolded,--as, for instance, the Indwelling Christ of Ephesians 3:14-21. 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. Paul also implied that God is a God of unity (verses6 , 11b). If anything else is the center of fellowship, then we are going to have confusion, not fellowship. “Hope centred in that child.” How often parents with broken hearts have said that. Observe, It is all joy and peace - all sorts of true joy and peace. Why? The blessings which may be sought from Him. This is a petition to the God of hope. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. How it is attainable. On the foregoing portion, Note, (1) No Christian is at liberty to regard himself as an isolated disciple of the Lord Jesus, having to decide questions of duty and liberty solely with reference to himself. 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. We are to work out our own salvation, because it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do, according to his good pleasure. The man whose legs are lithe, and who can run like a roe, is a true man physically, in so far as that is concerned; and the man who is maimed, and cannot do this, is physically so much less than a true man as he falls short of the possibility of it. 1. We expect sorrow and death. The hope which God excites is a hope worthy of Him. Only when we put the colouring matter in at the fountain-head will it tinge every little ripple as it runs. OUTLINE: VII. How shall we live in the world so as not to be of it?—How shall we be business men, and society men, and political men, and yet at the same time remain true Christian men? 1. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. He has--. Millions of spirits boar witness to the trustworthiness of Christ. (C. H. Spurgeon). Such an abounding in hope, in the power of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8, Luke 4:14), is the end contemplated in Paul’s prayer that the God of hope would fill the Romans with all joy and peace in believing. The God of hope is the God who inspires hope in and provides hope for His redeemed ones. The only way by which God can give any man joy and peace is by giving him Himself. Romans 15:13English Standard Version (ESV) 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. The mention of hope points forward to the future. God, as the object of hope, is a reason for gratitude. Can you chain your imagination? Here we may also observe that they who seek to teach transgressors the ways of God should first themselves have the experience of these ways. 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." He is the Advocate of the Church--not with God, for there Christ is our sole Advocate, but with man. They are hopeless because they are godless. Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-31. The joy and peace here spoken of are through believing. Christian friend, why don't you get occupied with Him? 14 onwards). Our nationality or background has nothing to do with our standing before God. The essentials of the Christian life are being developed to establish in that hope which is the crown and guarantee of safety and of ultimate triumph. Phil. If you want to get at them for any worldly object you can do it. 2. God never inspires mortals with any sort of selfishness, not even with religious selfishness. The words τῆς ἐλπίδος connect with ἐλπιοῦσι of the foregoing verse, as was the case with τῆς ὑπομονῆς κ. τῆς παρακλήσεως in Romans 15:5. χαρᾶς κ. εἰρήνης, as the happy result of faith in God, and unanimity with one another; see ch. No. You are not able to reach the highest condition of which the human soul is capable. 4. III. This must indeed be the Holy Spirit’s most congenial and satisfying ministry, II. If the Christian possesses joy and peace, he ought to ascribe it altogether to God. The encouraging character here given of God. 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. The Romans Road to Salvation. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. 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. The very presence of the Spirit is joy and peace, for the Holy Ghost is a peaceful and joyful Spirit. He does not think it necessary to say, partly because all his readers knew who was the object of faith, and partly because there was more prominent in his mind at the moment the act of faith itself than the object on which it rests. Spurgeon.). Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/romans-15.html. E.g. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/romans-15.html. It is a great blessing to be filled with them; and for this blessing the Apostle prays with respect to the Christians at Rome. It is their privilege to be be filled, [No one in the world has so much cause for joy as they — — — The man healed by Peter and John fitly, though imperfectly, represents their state — — — Nor is their joy like that of sinners, which soon expires in spleen and melancholy [Note: Ecclesiastes 7:6 and Proverbs 14:13.]. I. 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! It is not for us to say; but often what appears so is not so absolutely. God can never raise an expectation in His creatures for the mere purpose of disappointing them. But no; you should expect the blessing as you believe, and because you believe. 1. If I am living in an atmosphere of trust, then sorrow will never be absolute, nor have exclusive monopoly and possession of my spirit. He is God, and whatever God undertakes He is able to accomplish. Romans 16:5-12 Commentary. Joy and peace are the proper consequences of such a hope, as fulfilling what love makes desirable, and putting men at peace with each other in view of the event. My passion is to share as the Word of God [ read more ] The Gospel . His fellowship with the Lord Jesus is broken. Now—In view of this predictive unity I offer this prayer. 1896. — — —. 1765. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. 1. We cannot transform ourselves! 3. — God is called the God of hope, because He is the author of all the well-grounded hope of His people. He is patient with each one of us. If you look at men, they are failures. hope. 1851. How we may attain the enjoyment of them—. Let me drop one more word. on Romans 15:5) attaches itself formally to ἐλπιοῦσιν, Romans 15:12,(18) but rests upon the deeper substantive reason, that the becoming filled with joyfulness and peace here wished for is not possible without having hope as its basis, and that, on the other hand, this becoming filled produces the rich increase of hope itself ( εἰς τὸ περίσς. Christian faith does not wriggle out of the responsibilities that attach to a human life, but it does bring in the thought of a mighty hand that guides and protects; and that itself brings calm and gladness. This description of God (comp. Furthermore, when we come to deal with sinners we know that they must pray. And if there is ever to be tranquillity in this disturbed being of mine, if the conflict between duty and inclination, between passion and principle, between present and future, between flesh and spirit, is ever to be hushed, it must be because God dwells in us. 2. Peace is not hope, but it sets hope free. The great truth of the text is, that believing in Christ is the true ground for joy and peace. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Romans 15:13". Hope. 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. The God of hope, i.e. And all through the apostle’s ministry “mighty signs and wonders were clone by the Holy Ghost, and many believed thereby.”. If our Saviour is not raised from the dead, then we have no hope. This is what we have here in chapter15. And abounding hope will sweetly nourish all graces, like the prospering sunlight of heaven. Christians have not lived up to this, and in consequence have led the world to associate the idea of sadness with that religion whose “ways are ways of pleasantness,” etc. It comes not to a heart that is without faith. A third class go further, to the Twelfth of Romans, and enter on true Christian service, by presenting their bodies a living sacrifice to God; and discovering thereby His good, acceptable, and perfect will for them--whatever measure of faith He may give them, and to whatever gift or peculiar service He may call them. There is the hope of the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour (Titus 2:3), the hope of the resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13), the hope of final deliverance from every evil (1 Thessalonians 5:8), the hope of eternal life (Romans 7:20), the hope of glory (Titus 1:2; Tit_3:7); and it would be easy to show that every one of these forms of the one great gospel blessing is referred to God as its Author (Colossians 1:27; Romans 5:2; 2 Corinthians 3:12). ‘The father of the great Bishop Wilberforce once wrote to his son, when the latter was a boy at school: “My dear boy, the most effectual way in which a Christian can get the better of any particular fault is by cultivating the Root of all Holiness—that is, by endeavouring to obtain a closer union with Jesus Christ, and to acquire more of that blessed Spirit Who will enable him to conquer all his corruptions and to inspire and strengthen all his Christian forces” (Life of Bishop Wilberforce, p. 4). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mhm/romans-15.html. 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