We profess to estimate the gift of His Son to bleed and die for us. So wherever Jesus Christ Isaiah , the faithfulness of God guarantees that we will be there. 1857. This is of very great importance, for sometimes the spirit of slaves creeps over us. Study the bible online using commentary on Romans 15 and more! Though faith naturally tends to fill the soul with the most pleasant and delightful feelings, yet even true Christians do not always fully enjoy them. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. 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. In Hebrews 13:20-21, He is the God of peace, "who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep," who will equip His people in every good work. And this hope is for others as well as for ourselves. Used by Permission. 13. ὁ δὲ θεὸς τῆς ἐλπίδος. If professors be not taught of the Spirit their ignorance will breed conceit, pride, unbelief. I. College Press, Joplin, MO. BibliographyPrice, Brad "Commentary on Romans 15:13". 2. Wherefore, “He is able to save to the uttermost.”. What more is wanted?” When a man brings you into a chamber vaulted with diamonds, walled with gold, and floored with silver, we should be astonished if he said, “This is a passage to something richer still.” Yet the apostle directs us to this fulness of joy and peace that we may by its means reach to something else--“that you may abound in hope,” etc. In fact, there are several instances in the last two chapters where it appears that Paul seemed to bring things to a conclusion (compare; 16:20 , 25-27). You cannot be healthy in soul and not be happy. 1. Paul is addressing the conflict which differing convictions have brought into the church. God who is the author of that hope which it was predicted men should exercise in the root and offspring of Jesse. He will witness to us our adoption, and seal us with God’s image [Note: 2 Corinthians 1:22.]. Furthermore, when we come to deal with sinners we know that they must pray. Romans 16:1-4 Commentary. There is a Saviour ready to meet our sinfulness, ready to purge it; there is a God willing to meet our feebleness, helping those who are weak in faith, compassed about with difficulties and infirmities, men and women made up of needs. Thus is He set forth as the hope, or the object of hope, for all people. If anything else is the center of fellowship, then we are going to have confusion, not fellowship. But beware lest these things become a mere round of irksome duties; beware lest you forget that your human spirit is to come into contact with the Divine Spirit, and that out of the contact, out of the fellowship of the two there is to be born Christly love, Christly humility, and Christly zeal for the Truth. This, however, like all other duties, is hard to fulfil. Observe the degree of joy and peace which he wishes for them--“that ye may be filled.” God alone knows our capacity and where the vacuum lies which most needs filling. He is the God of hope when all around seems to be failing because He fills me with joy and peace and because He will perfect that which He has started. You will get no present joy and peace out of past faith. Now the God of hope — A glorious title of God, but till now unknown to the heathen; for their goddess Hope, like their other idols, was nothing, whose temple at Rome was burned by lightning. ‘Have you hope?' "Commentary on Romans 15:13". BibliographyWesley, John. A great progress in Christian knowledge implied (Romans 15:14). Paul’s making this state a subject of prayer implies that it is possible for it to be attained. The means or agency by which Christ is to obtain more hold of the Christian and to become more part of the Christian. How appropriate the term when we remember the apostle's object to inspire with hope! If they were filled with this, there would be no strife and contention. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". Romans 15:13 Context. And this is the teaching here, that if a man, trusting in God in Jesus Christ, has all this flood of sunny gladness lying quiet in his heart, there will be nothing in any future that can alarm. There is no promise of peace and joy to them. Conduct is a making visible of personality, and the Scripture teaching which says first faith and then works is profoundly philosophical as well as Christian. Aim of the πληρῶσαι κ. τ. λ.: in order that ye, in virtue of the power (working in you) of the Holy Spirit, may he abundant in hope, may cherish Christian hope in the richest measure (comp. And if this is the only passage in which "justification" even seems to be the object of hope, we are safe in affirming that hope, as distinct from faith, is in the New Testament always represented as fastening on what is future in the work of Christ, and subsequent to the believer's justification; such as His glorious appearing the second time, without sin, unto the salvation of them that look for Him, the believer's preservation from falling, and being at length presented before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, and being thenceforward forever with the Lord. Beecher. Because there are such spasmodic and interrupted acts of faith on our part, we possess such transient and imperfect gifts of joy and peace. Benson. The lack of hope argues, then, a lack of spiritual life. — Hope is produced in the mind by the agency and power of the Spirit of God. It is vain, and flashy, and transient joy, that is the product of fancy; true substantial joy is the fruit of faith. 1. It comes. You can have a real and a settled joy. Commentary on Romans by John Calvin. It is the will of God that you and I--all believers--be "filled with all joy and peace in believing,"--blessed spiritual state! V. The result reacts beneficially on the processes.—Abundance of hope strengthens faith, deepens peace, enlarges joy. Paul writes this verse as a blessing and a prayer over his readers, including today’s believer. BibliographyCalvin, John. Its future and desired effects. He is patient with each one of us. When the tide rises, the little pools on the rocks are all merged into one. That ye may abound … - That your hope may be steadfast and strong. No. When 'the God of hope fills us with all joy and peace in believing,' we cannot but "abound in hope,". We can never exhaust His fulness, for it is infinite. Are they without “joy and peace”? — — —, 2. It is beautiful, though sometimes very sad, to see how the poor consumptive patient will retain hope to the last. II. πληρώσαι κ.τ.λ. Yet even the true Christian often falls short of the blessedness which he might enjoy. He has placed you in a beautiful world with power to enjoy it. For Hope had been one of their false divinities, whose temple, Livy mentions in the 21st book of his history, was struck with lightning, and, again in the 24th book, was burnt with fire.— χαρᾶς καὶ εἰρήνης, with joy and peace) We may look back to ch. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Our nationality or background has nothing to do with our standing before God. This verse concludes the section dealing with the practice of God"s righteousness ( Romans 12:1 to Romans 15:13). ‘The God of hope fill you . They do not truly reflect the religion Jesus set up among men. What is laid out upon them is but little, compared with what is laid up for them; therefore the more hope they have the more joy and peace they have. The measure in which they may be enjoyed. The end of this being filled with joy and peace is the increase in turn of hope: that ye may abound in hope; and this not by their own power, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. [Note: Witmer, " Romans ," p496.]. In Romans 15:16 He is the Sanctifier of the Gentiles who believe, and in Romans 15:19 He is the source of the power which brought about the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, and through the power of signs and wonders. The assurance of reconciliation cannot rest in itself, but must muse on that which is to come; how can it but encourage the expectation of all the fruits of a justified estate? (A. Maclaren, D. D.). His ministers are sent for this purpose—to lead men to Him, that they may be induced to hope in Him and through Him. 1. History gives this the lie. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". We must be careful not to grieve Him by our evil conduct and evil desires. (15:12) There is no hope apart from the God of the Bible. For they, in their sweetness, prophesy perpetuity. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". A. divided Church has long been the scorn of Antichrist. We do not need wires for the telegraphy between heaven and the believing soul, but He comes directly to, and speaks in, and moves upon, and moulds and blesses, the waiting heart. The apostle could not more clearly designate his readers as former Gentiles, than he does by this connection. In believing glory and peace, as well as all other spiritual blessings, are communicated by God through faith, and through faith only, and in proportion to faith. But the power of the Church outside, to be aggressive, is this same energy (verse 19). Few are atheists in theory, but many are such in their feelings. (J. Jowett, M.A.). The essentials of the Christian life are being developed.—Faith, peace, and joy are essential elements of the Christian character. Words in boxes are from the Bible. In this he prays they may abound; instead of those contentions that had been amongst them, he desires they may be filled with those things, wherein he told them, Romans 14:17, the kingdom of God consisted. II. Man is drifting on into the night, and judgment is coming. 1. 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. Every word in the prayer should be a plea. — The above blessings the Apostle prayed for to be bestowed on those whom he addressed, in order that they might abound in hope; and the more believers are filled with joy and peace the greater will be their hope. “No man too largely from his love can hope, If what he hopes he labours to secure.”, of an incorruptible inheritance, an exceeding great and eternal weight of glory. Men’s hearts. He is there for us every day, every hour of the day, every minute of the day. 13. ‘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. It was, indeed, built again not long after, but was again burned to the ground. On God’s part, the power of the Holy Ghost is promised, for the communication of His gracious gifts. 1876. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". The storms of all the hells in His great universe ruffle not the infinite tranquility of His nature. If any one prefers taking in believing, for, in order to believe, (450) the sense will be, — that they were to cultivate peace for the purpose of believing; for then only are we rightly prepared to believe, when we, being peaceable and unanimous, do willingly embrace what is taught us. It is our duty to have joy. Faith brings the direct action of the giving God. But you shall have joy and peace while the fighting is going on. II. The heathen wept amid the ruins, but the apostle could sing amid the ruins of worldly hopes; and why may not we? That ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost; of the Holy Spirit, may he abundant in hope, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. This is Paul’s conception of the Christian life as it might and should be, in one aspect. And until you know, by your own experience rightly interpreted, that there is such a direct communion between the giving God and the recipient believing spirit, you have yet to learn the deepest depth, and the most blessed blessedness, of Christian faith and experience. 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.]. 3. One pearl of great price is worth a million of little ones. 1999. These priceless endowments of the soul are the Christian's badge of eternal inheritance, his true credentials of heavenly citizenship, and his impregnable defense against all the tribulations and temptations of life. ‘Joy and peace’ will come when the Christian heart closes with its trust, which is God in Christ. 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. 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. You see, this is the joy that you have in the midst of affliction or in the midst of sorrow or disappointment or pain. That we may “abound in hope,” etc. The God of hope (see the note at Romans 15:5) fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope. The Father gives hope — He is the God of hope; but He gives it through the Holy Ghost. This includes--. Miscellaneous. It had no moral and spiritual purpose by which to solve the problems that are vital to the very existence of the State. — God is called the God of hope, because He is the author of all the well-grounded hope of His people. That ye may abound in hope - That ye may be excited to take more enlarged views of the salvation which God has provided for you, and have all your expectations fulfilled by the power of the Holy Ghost, enabling you to hope and believe; and then sealing the fulfillment of the promises upon your hearts. But as to Divine things, hope is not natural to man: it is the fruit of the Spirit of God through faith in His Son. Is by the power of the “Holy Ghost.”. 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. Thus constantly and intimately are the ideas of account ableness and dependence connected in the sacred Scriptures. And the same faith brings joy and peace because it sets right our relations with other people, and with all externals. 2. Joy and peace in our own bosoms would promote a cheerful unity and unanimity with our brethren. In the power of the Holy Spirit ... is Paul's reminder that only God's children, the baptized true believers "in Christ" who have received the Spirit as a consequence of their sonship shall ever possess this joy and peace. Observe, It is all joy and peace - all sorts of true joy and peace. 2. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. The reference to the "Spirit" is best explained by verse19. If I am living in an atmosphere of trust, then sorrow will never be absolute, nor have exclusive monopoly and possession of my spirit. Thy word - there is God the object; on which thou hast caused me to hope - there is God the author of our hope, 1 Peter 1:3. It would remove our selfishness, make us possess more of the diffusive spirit of Christianity, enlist our sympathies on behalf of the erring, prevent us being so censorious, tend to make us love the brethren, and cause us to dwell together in Christian unity. Fill you with all joy — True spiritual joy, at all times, Philippians 4:4; and in all things, 1 Thessalonians 5:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; joy arising from the sources mentioned in the note on Romans 14:17 : and peace, of all sorts, in believing — In or by the exercise of your faith in God and Christ, and the truths and promises of the gospel. 1. Now, it is of the utmost importance that it should be understood that health of soul and joyfulness are one and the same thing. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. Learn, 1. It is with great propriety that Jehovah is termed the God of hope, for there Isaiah , 1 st, In his nature and attributes; 2d, In the relations in which he stands to mankind in general, as their Creator, Preserver, Benefactor, Governor, and Judge; and to his own people in particular, as their Redeemer, Saviour, Friend, and Father; 3d, In what he hath already done for them in giving his Son for their redemption, and in sending them the gospel light, and his Spirit’s aid; and, 4th, In what he hath promised still further to do for such as do not reject his counsel against themselves; — there is, in these particulars, a most sure and glorious foundation laid for the most firm, lively, enlarged, and blessed hope, for all who will be persuaded to come to it and build thereon, by true repentance, living faith, and new obedience. Some try the plan of scrupulous observance of all religious ceremonies. What does this verse really mean? fill you with all joy and peace in believing. 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