"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.". 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. True, the world could never be saved without that; but it is equally true that the world could never be saved without the operations of the Spirit. BibliographyPrice, Brad "Commentary on Romans 15:13". (Meyer.). 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. He is again the God of peace who "shall be with you" in Philippians 4:9. Let us come to God with enlarged expectations. Because He was sent of God on purpose to save. But, as Judges 1:20 tells us, we must "build up ourselves on our most holy faith." 3. “In believing.” We might have expected “after ye have believed,” as if joy and peace were net to be looked for at the outset of our Christian course, but the recompense of an advanced and established faith. εἰς τὸ περ. We must begin here. Nature and philosophy may teach a dread abstraction, and may thus induce a desire for atheism. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". 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. BibliographySimeon, Charles. The main thing we hope for is, the vision, love, and enjoyment of Him (Psalms 73:24). 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. I. In believing - The effect of believing is to produce this joy and peace. The means or agency by which Christ is to obtain more hold of the Christian and to become more part of the Christian is to be ‘in the power of the Holy Ghost.’ Observe it is not ‘by the power of the Holy Ghost,’ as though the Holy Ghost were to accomplish His blessed work by some instrumental means other than Himself. I. So if we want joy and peace, let us learn that we are too great and too miserable for any but God to give it us. All joy and peace - Romans 14:17. He is peaceful in His aim. The whole work of grace is, not by might nor by power, but by God’s Spirit [Note: Zechariah 4:6.]. Before man can possess real Christian hope he must have--, 1. And finally, He is the everlasting God, the eternal God in Romans 16:26. When you think of God, the just One, apart from Christ, you might well tremble, but when you see Him in Jesus, His very justice becomes precious to you. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/romans-15.html. Romans 15 Resources. Romans 16:13-18 Commentary. That is certainly very evident, and no one ever denied that there were at Rome other Christians than those of Jewish origin. With all joy and peace. No man was ever glad up to the height of his possibility who found his joy anywhere else than in God. (A. Maclaren, D. D.). Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Take only one example. 2. BibliographyHenry, Matthew. 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" (Ro 15:1, 2). Were the pagans a happy race? The Ethiopic version reads, "the God of our promises", which are what hope has respect unto, and builds upon: fill you with all joy and peace in believing. 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. 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. 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. Vv. Notice the bold emphasis of the apostle’s prayer. The verse we are considering is the highest development of Christian experience revealed in this great, fundamental Epistle of Romans. It is to be done ‘in the power of the Holy Ghost.’ The Holy Ghost is in the Christian as a new element of life, and it is by realising this element of the Holy Spirit’s presence within us, by consciously turning to it, and daily surrendering ourselves to it, that we obtain our likeness to Christ and the formation of Christ in us as a supreme Personality. All are moving towards the blessed result—superabundance of hope. God has no unfulfilled desires.—Jesus Christ exercised His ministry amongst the Jews, and chose His apostles from the same people. The apostle has recourse again to prayer, knowing that all his exhortations would be useless, without the grace of God accompanying them: and it is observable, that he prays for the same things mentioned in the above prophecies and promises, as joy, peace, and hope; for though God has promised ever so great things concerning his people, he will be inquired of by them to do them for them. This is the logic of the heart. 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). Hope, like its sister Faith, is one of those “good and perfect gifts” which, pass through what intermediate channels it may, must come down to us “from the Father of lights.” And this hope, which God begets in us, is “a lively hope” that is, God invests spiritual objects with a new attractiveness, and creates within us longing desires after their attainment. Joy, peace, hope: a fair triad which all men seek, and few find and retain. He has--. Hence the apostle here utters his prayer in a circuitous manner, and takes faith on the way. BibliographyWesley, John. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". Romans 14:17. εἰς τὸ περισς. In an earlier section of this chapter Paul described God. 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/romans-15.html. These things may be good in themselves; but to rest in them will be your ruin. But bring me a Church made up of men who know they are accepted and beloved, and are perfectly content with the great Father’s will; put them down in the midst of ungodly ones, and they will begin to envy them their peace and joy. He will afford us clear discoveries of the heavenly glory. Further, this relation of the two things suggests to us that a consequence of a Christian man’s faith is the direct action of God upon him. 1865-1868. 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.]. 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. (J. Lyth, D.D. What a fitting closing reminder to the apostle"s discussion of Christian living." And just as the wind will sigh round some hermetically closed chamber in vain search for a cranny, and the man within may be asphyxiated though the atmosphere is surging up its waves all round his closed domicile, so by lack of our faith, which is at once trust, consent, and desire, we shut out the gift with which God would fain fill our spirits. ‘The God of hope fill you . 1896. Moreover he demonstrated that God is consistently righteous in doing all this (chs9-11). 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. 2. The violent expedient attempted by Mangold, in his desire to evade this conclusion, demonstrates it better than anything else. Intro & Index; Romans 16:1-2; Romans 16:3-16; Romans 16:17-18; Romans 16:19-20; Romans 16:21-24; Romans 16:25-27; Summary of Romans; A Special Thanks; Juli Camarin. Paul's great desire for them ( Romans 15:13). Thus does God satiate and replenish the weary soul. All joy means all possible joy. 2. Abound in hope. These, of course, if instructed aright, accept the wondrous fact that they died with Christ, and are now on resurrection ground, freed from sin, and from that which gave sin its power,--the Law. And what a help to spiritual-mindedness? I. Church Pulpit Commentary. 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’. Matthews. Now the second thing in Romans 15:5, He is also "the God of encouragement." But all acceptable supplication is wrought in the soul by the Holy Ghost. The Word of God is “the sword of the Spirit”; it is that by which He works. The Gentiles, being brought into the church, are companions in patience and tribulation. Period. The apostle has recourse again to prayer, knowing that all his exhortations would be useless, without the grace of God accompanying them: and it is observable, that he prays for the same things mentioned in the above prophecies and promises, as joy, peace, and hope; for though God has promised ever so great things concerning his people, he will be inquired of by them to do them for them. 1. 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. Thus is He set forth as the hope, or the object of hope, for all people. As well may you try to calm the tempest with poetry or stay the hurricane with rhetoric as to bless a soul by mere learning and eloquence. Paul's cheerfulness in affliction.—What can be more free and buoyant, with all their variety, than his writings? 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