If the Church is to be happy and holy within herself, and if she is to conquer the world for Christ, she must have the power of the Holy Ghost. People may forget to tell how they are received, but the apostle failed not to declare it. "Now the God of hope fill you with every kind of joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit!". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/romans-15.html. Even if we had no revelation of His gracious purposes, the probability would be that there is hope from Him; for we, His guilty creatures, are not yet finally lost--“He hath not dealt with us after our sins.”. The gladder you are to-day, if the gladness comes from the right source, the surer you may be that that gladness will never end. 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. Compare John 7:38-39; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:26-28; Galatians 5:22-26. Rom . All the promises and declarations of Scripture would fail in producing joy and peace in the mind of a sinner, were it not for the agency of the Spirit of God. 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? They who thus trust in Jesus Christ are they to whom, on condition of, and at the moment of their trust or faith, God gives this fulness of joy and peace. Some Christian people fancy they can live upon past faith. “Rejoice evermere,” etc. 1. What God has said, He will surely perform. Thus should the cause be skilfully ordered, and the mouth filled with arguments. 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. Romans 15:13. ἐλπίδος, of hope] Comp. The former unites, for it strives to serve (Romans 15:1), whereas the second disunites. Likewise, it is God that encourages to the exercise of it by the proclamations of his grace, and mercy, and plenteous redemption; by the discoveries of his love, and views of interest in him; and by bringing to mind the past experiences of his goodness: he preserves and maintains this grace useful and lively, firm and steadfast, at least in being, which sometimes seems almost perished and gone; he increases it, and causes his people to abound in the exercise of it, and continues it even unto death. Hope is related to scripture and also to the promises made to the fathers. ‘The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her’-that is one illustration, and a hundred more might be given. In his Commentaire sur les ptres pauliennes he expresses himself somewhat differently: "It is thus evident," he says, "that the author considers the Christian community of Rome as not being exclusively composed of Jews." So I like this13th verse Romans 15:13, "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ges/romans-15.html. The Christian era was ushered in with the double promise of peace and joy, the peace being prophesied by Zacharias, thus: and the joy having been announced by the angel of the Lord to the shepherds: Such a glorious peace and joy are available from no other source than the life of faith in Jesus Christ. Used by Permission. 1. Habitual trust in God for all needed good is the great means of increasing joy, peace, hope, and all the graces of the Spirit in the hearts of believers; and also of leading them to abound in every good word and work. The principle of the text is of constant application : joy and peace always come through believing. 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. But we are not to be content with peace alone. Our nationality or background has nothing to do with our standing before God. In Romans 15:33, He is the God of peace who will "be with you all." “Lead to? You see, what I'm talking about here is the fact that the person of God must be the center of our fellowship. In verse 13, Paul injected a prayer of benediction. He is called "the God of hope" in view of the fact that our state morally is desperate, and that no power less than His can deliver us from it and put us in a condition acceptable to Himself. God sees the future, and has no need to overcome the cloud of the present by drawing from the future the light of hope. In this passage Paul revealed another aspect of God's character-God is a God of "hope." This probability is, however, increased to certainty by the gospel. 1 Peter 1:5 ἐν δυνάμει θεοῦ; 1 Corinthians 2:5, 2 Corinthians 6:7; so 2 Corinthians 13:4 (ἐκ); 2 Timothy 1:8 (κατὰ) and without preposition; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 1:24 : in fact the combination is always anarthrous. 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. A Christian without joy is missing some of the point of existence and should seek to remedy the situation. His words shew us. Barnes' Notes on the Bible. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. "The Bible Study New Testament". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. It is not a natural impulse. Faith, when spoken of without peculiar reference, means faith in Christ, and not, as Dr. Macknight understands it, faith in any particular promise. But here is God, whom the world has injured, revealing Himself as the object of its hope. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". 2. 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. The hope, joy, and peace were readily available to those who continued to “trust in him.” Today, there is still persecution, and even where there is not, the believer is still harassed by satan and endures the kingdom of darkness until the return of Christ. They may “rejoice evermore,” and without ceasing. Paul doe s n’t pray that you will have... 3. 2. Man is drifting on into the night, and judgment is coming. Theile, ad Jac. Millions of spirits boar witness to the trustworthiness of Christ. 1879-90. A second class of believers become deeply exercised as to a life of "victory over sin." By trusting in God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/romans-15.html. In Romans 15:30 He is again the inspirer of our love. All the spiritual life which exists in this world is the creation of the Holy Spirit. He is the foundation on which our hope is built, and he is the builder that doth himself raise it: he is both the object of our hope, and the author of it. 3. The mere imagination of the withdrawal of hope withers the rest, and wraps all in darkness. Were the pagans a happy race? The essentials of the Christian life are being developed.—Faith, peace, and joy are essential elements of the Christian character. Church Pulpit Commentary. The strength of a Church may pretty accurately be gauged by her prayerfulness. ἁγ. There is the difference between Christian joy and all other. Hope is natural to the mind of man; and, in general, men have hope in the worst of times. If you want to get at them for any worldly object you can do it. The hortatory part of the Epistle, as well as the preceding section of it (Romans 15:5), concludes with a solemn wish for the spiritual welfare of the Roman church. The Romans had a god of hope, but the temple was struck by lightning, and afterwards burned to the ground. 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. The condition of the enjoyment. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Joseph Benson's Commentary. Therefore the best demonstration of a heaven of blessedness is the present possession of “joy and peace in believing.” These are like the floating timber and seeds that Columbus saw the day before he sighted land. By prayer. God is called the "God of peace" in Romans 15:33; Romans 16:20; and in Philippians 4:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2 Thessalonians 3:16, Hebrews 13:20; and, of course, peace is fundamental: Christ made peace by the blood of His cross. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hal/romans-15.html. Our own power will never reach it; and therefore where this hope is, and is abounding, the blessed Spirit must have all the glory. Do we find persons professing faith in Christ, and yet living drearily? 13 Now Religion is pleasurable, notwithstanding the element of discipline.—Discipline an absolute necessity, otherwise many would carry their pleasures into licence. 2. The rest follows as a result. 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. BibliographyMacLaren, Alexander. This comes from “trust[ing] in him.” Rather than having to focus on joy or peace, the believer puts his or her effort into trusting. The man whose hope is confined to his individual interests is not a Christian. His ministers are sent for this purpose—to lead men to Him, that they may be induced to hope in Him and through Him. Burrows, Ashtabula, New York. My, what a verse! #5 “…by the power of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit of God is the power for everything about the Christian life. I. III. Were the Greeks with their full pantheon happy? fill you with all joy and peace in believing — the native truth of that faith which is the great theme of this epistle (compare Galatians 5:22). All true hope with respect to the Divine favor is effected in the human heart by God Himself. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. “Fill you,” etc. When the last apostle died, all of the Bible books had been written and the miraculous gifts ended. Take courage. The Holy Spirit. The reason is, that one is the agent and the other the instrument in this great work. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive, what things God hath prepared for those who love Him.” (J. It is by the power of the indwelling Spirit that we are to "abound in hope." Faith deals with the Scriptures and with the God of hope as therein revealed, and out of these it draws its fulness of joy and peace. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". BibliographyHodge, Charles. The Romans were--, 2. Faith is the root of hope; the peace and joy which are the fruits of faith are the nourishment of hope; and the abundance of hope is made the perfection of the Christian life as a state of probation. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/romans-15.html. Romans 15:14 to Romans 16:27.] Now I shall suppose that these are not raising this difficulty by way of cavil, and that they are not labouring under any bodily sickness such as might bring on hypochondriacal feelings. “I may yet be in comfortable circumstances,” he says, and again he can work with a will. The inward and spiritual manifestation. . There is, first, the Divine gift, which underlies everything. When Christianity was first taken to the world there were no Bibles. He is the One who has caused you to abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 2. 2. It is to trust in him. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. I. When we come to God by prayer we must enlarge our desires; we are not straitened in him, why should we be straitened in ourselves? .’-let us leave out the intervening words for a moment-’in believing.’ Now, you notice that Paul does not stay to tell us what or whom we are to believe in, or on. The mind never points its hopes to a being that it has offended; it always looks to those that it has pleased. 2. Romans 13 is a short chapter that continues the theme of Romans 12. It is a joy with which “a stranger intermeddleth not,” and of which even adversity depriveth us not. In creation works (Job 26:13; Psalms 104:29; Genesis 1:2). Fill you with all joy and peace in believing, i.e. When the microscopic search of sceptioism, which had hurled the heavens and sounded the seas to disprove the existence of the Creator, has turned its attention to human society, and has found a place on this planet ten miles square where a decent man can live in decency, comfort, and security, supporting and educating his children, unspoiled and unpolluted—a place where age is reverenced, infancy respected, manhood respected, woman honoured, and human life held in due regard—when sceptics can find such a place ten miles square on this globe where the gospel of Christ has not gone and cleared the way, and laid the foundations, and made decency and security possible, it will then be in order for (sceptics) to move thither, and then ventilate their views. You fathers have got far more anxious faces than your little children have, because they trust, and you are responsible for them. If I could have a stock of power all my own apart from the Spirit, I cannot suppose a greater temptation to pride and to living a distance from God. That they may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost, where by hope understand the good hoped for, namely, heaven and eternal life, a firm expectation of which is wrought in us by the Holy Spirit. He is the object on which all hope must terminate. It hence appears, that the Lord does in no degree measure his precepts according to our strength or the power of free-will; and that he does not command what we ought to do, that we, relying on our own power, may gird up ourselves to render obedience; but that he commands those things which require the aid of his grace, that he may stimulate us in our attention to prayer. Faith brings the direct action of the giving God. The apostle suggests two things we can do when we get involved in a disagreement like this: First, there ought to be prayer, prayer for unity. 1. See the value of prayer, for if Paul longs to see his friends attain the highest possible condition, he prays for them. We must be careful not to grieve Him by our evil conduct and evil desires. There are 13-14 epistles written by Paul and 7 general epistles written by James, Peter, John and Jude. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". 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." (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 (Romans 15:5-7). — This implies that there are degrees of joy and peace in the minds of Christians. Such hope as may be like an anchor to the soul, to keep it safe and steady in the midst of storms and tempests. Spurgeon.). We may not only be somewhat comforted, but we may be full of joy, etc. Let me drop one more word. The passage is framed by two references to hope (Romans 15:4-13). Holiness is the entirety of our manhood fully consecrated to the Lord and moulded to His will. And, then, mark that other word, too, “all joy and peace.” From this one gift comes an infinite variety of forms and phases of gladness and peace. 1765. 2. our Lord replied, "This is the WORK of God [the one thing He asks of you], that ye BELIEVE on Him whom He hath sent." It comes from a faith that yields the affections, the will, the whole life to God. V. The result reacts beneficially on the processes.—Abundance of hope strengthens faith, deepens peace, enlarges joy. That there is a way of joy and peace through self. Throughout this epistle Paul kept referring to the fact that God had not finished His saving work in his readers" lives. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/romans-15.html. And when afterwards Jesus raised the dead, healed the leper, etc., it was done by the power of the Spirit, who dwelt in Him without measure. 2013. 2. Romans 15:13. 1. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. That ye may abound … - That your hope may be steadfast and strong. Surely the heart is broken when hope is gone. It was because he felt the need of keeping up union with the Twelve, that after each of his missions he returned to Jerusalem, "lest," as he says himself, Galatians 2:2, "he had run in vain." But faith must have the pre-eminence as the parent of hope; for while we can conceive of a faith without hope, we cannot conceive of a hope that does not believe in its object. Romans 15:13, NASB: "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." “that ye may abound,” etc. There is such a thing as joy and peace in believing, and some therefore infer that there is such a thing as believing in joy and peace. 3. 1. 2. The God of hope (ο τεος της ελπιδος — ho theos tēs elpidos). It may be that you are going through a great deal of sorrow now. The source of this desired good. 1832. He finisheth here his long discourse about brotherly love and concord with a short and pithy prayer. 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. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. It was indeed built again not long after, but was again burned to the ground. Most aptly is God here called the God of hope (comp. He lifted his finger, pointed upward with it, and so died." 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. In an earlier section of this chapter Paul described God. His good-will towards us is so great as to be incomprehensible. 3. The text speaks of an abounding hope. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". 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. The rest of this chapter is of the nature of an epilogue. The very presence of the Spirit is joy and peace, for the Holy Ghost is a peaceful and joyful Spirit. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". 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