Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. There is something seductive at first glance in this combination. The GOD who gives us this hope; cf. 1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/romans-15.html. 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. My passion is to share as the Word of God [ read more ] The Gospel . “Behold he prayeth” is one of the earliest signs of the new birth. Now—In view of this predictive unity I offer this prayer. Throughout this epistle Paul kept referring to the fact that God had not finished His saving work in his readers" lives. 141 f. χαρά and εἰρήνη (peace through concord), as Romans 14:17. ἐν τῷ πιστεύειν] in the believing, to which without χαρά and εἰρήνη the fruits would be wanting, and without which no χαρά and εἰρήνη could exist. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/romans-15.html. Reading between the lines of religion, you come upon the philosophy of right things in right places; but everywhere in religion you find the word "cheerfulness.". 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 "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. Nothing more than this joy, only more of it, even the perfection of it in glory, is the desire of the soul that hath it, Psalm 4:6, Psalm 4:7; Psalm 36:8; Psalm 63:5; Psalm 65:4. Compare John 7:38-39; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:26-28; Galatians 5:22-26. In John 15:11, He said to His disciples in the upper room, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full"— full, full, full. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/romans-15.html. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". He will work all things out after the counsel of His own will and perfect in you and me that which pleases Him. This description of God (comp. Through the power - By means of the powerful operation of the Holy Spirit. With these words of benediction, Paul closes his teaching message. In believing - The effect of believing is to produce this joy and peace. “Rejoice evermere,” etc. 2. The nature of the enjoyment. This must indeed be the Holy Spirit’s most congenial and satisfying ministry, II. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". God, as the object of hope, is a reason for gratitude. 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. 5. III. The principle of the text is of constant application : joy and peace always come through believing. His Son is “Jesus Christ which is our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1); the gospel is the foundation of a great hope (Colossians 1:23); the Christian vocation is summed up in hope (Ephesians 1:18); salvation is our comprehensive hope (1 Thessalonians 5:8). Exceedingly typical this of whatever of hope can come to nations which worship gods of their own making. ), There are a large number of persons who profess to have believed in Christ, but who assert that they have no joy and peace in consequence. When Jesus went into Jordan the Spirit proclaimed Him God’s beloved Son. This manner of speaking expresses somewhat more than if Paul had called God the Author or the Giver of Hope. We are too apt to rest satisfied with the present enjoyments; and, even when we look forward to the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him, this is too often done with a cold heart and a languid eye. When Christianity was first taken to the world there were no Bibles. 11 , but with the first three verses of chap. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/romans-15.html. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Yes; to walk in the element of the flesh is to grow in that which is human—nothing better, nothing higher. BibliographySchaff, Philip. For the kind of supremacy thus given to hope compare the connection of Romans 15:5 with Romans 15:2 in chap. 14 onwards). "Commentary on Romans 15:13". How happy will the Christian be when he shall receive these communications from the Deity, not through the narrow and obstructed channel of faith, but immediately at the fountain head [Note: 1 Corinthians 13:12.]! Romans 15:13 is a wonderful prayer that Paul wants every believer to experience: “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.” When you read a verse like that, you must ask yourself, “Does that verse even come close to describing me? 2. Paul's great desire for them ( Romans 15:13). (Romans 15:13 NIV) How I hope these will be the characteristics that we manifest to the world around. God who is the author of that hope which it was predicted men should exercise in the root and offspring of Jesse. Hilda Bright and Keith Simons. The Apostle’s main task is now completed; he prepares at once for the conclusion of his letter. Paul also implied that God is a God of unity (verses6 , 11b). BibliographyBeza, Theodore. The Romans had a god of hope, but the temple was struck by lightning, and afterwards burned to the ground. ‘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). It reveals God’s unspeakable gift to make reconciliation for iniquities. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. 1. Hort on 1 Peter 1:5. πνεύματος ἁγίου. 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. 2. The only way by which God can give any man joy and peace is by giving him Himself. This is of very great importance, for sometimes the spirit of slaves creeps over us. “And the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, in that you may abound in hope through the dynamite of the Holy Ghost.” “Dynamite,” translated power in E. V., is Paul’s definition of gospel (Romans 1:16), being the irresistible power of the Holy Ghost, by which all sin is blown out of the human heart, and the soul lifted up on the eagle pinions of superabounding hope, even bringing heaven down in prelibations. 1. The outward and visible displays of it. The soul, no longer weighed down under the burden of sin, by a holy necessity springs upward. Rightly interpreted, it does not sanction a single doctrine or utter a precept which is meant to extinguish one happy impulse or dim one innocent delight. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. If there be different degrees of joy and peace, how important is it to look earnestly to God for the fullest communication of these blessings! Let me press upon you for your acceptance and prayerful use the possibilities waiting for you ‘in the power of the Holy Ghost.’ During such a season as Lent, some of you will, no doubt, try various means of purifying your manhood and womanhood. 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 heart can cherish no desire which is not abundantly spread out before him. The continuance of joy depends in some measure on bodily constitution; but the soul may enjoy peace under the greatest trials. "Commentary on Romans 15:13". The will. It was, indeed, built again not long after, but was again burned to the ground. He is the God of hope, and He is the God of patience for all of us together. You notice that there is not a word in it about conduct. There is hope in the fulness of the divine promises, in the pages of the sacred record, in the cross of our Saviour, and by the power of the Holy Ghost. But what joy for the man who will meet his own needs? Our Father, we do thank you for the peace and joy and righteousness that are gifts to us from your Spirit at work in our hearts. 2. Observe, 2. Observe, It is all joy and peace - all sorts of true joy and peace. But it is nevertheless true that this relation is factitious—1st. The former unites, for it strives to serve (Romans 15:1), whereas the second disunites. But He is man, and has the requisite tenderness to deal with sinners. Faith, when spoken of without peculiar reference, means faith in Christ, and not, as Dr. Macknight understands it, faith in any particular promise. Why, we “rejoice in hope of the glory of God”; we “rejoice in hope of the glory” that shall be revealed. We do then abound in hope when we hope for great things from God, and are greatly established and confirmed in these hopes. 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." Do you remember our Lord once told us to be full of joy? 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. The end for which this petition is made is. Well therefore may they enjoy a confident expectation of the promised land. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/shh/romans-15.html. 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. 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. II. Because of the wonderful union of His natures. The text speaks of an abounding hope. (Ephesians 4:4 "one hope"; 1 Thessalonians 4:13), "fill you"-"When a person was "filled" with something he was acting under the impulse of that something. In this short and comprehensive prayer we are taught to seek them, [God in himself is “a consuming fire:” but in Christ he is the “God of hope” and the source of all good [Note: James 1:17.]. If we have the Spirit of God amongst us, and conversions are constantly being wrought, the Holy Spirit is thus fulfilling His advocacy, and refuting all accusers. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". Christian friend, why don't you get occupied with Him? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wnc/romans-15.html. (J. Jowett, M.A.). The Holy Ghost the agent. The mention of hope points forward to the future. 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. 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 utterly dependent here, and I rejoice in this. Why does he mention joy before peace? 5. λ.] Hope in this case ministers as it is ministered unto (Romans 5:2). 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 … It hangs often upon a slender thread. The consequence of the enjoyment of the blessings, and of the exercise of the graces just referred to, would be an increase in the strength and joyfulness of their hope; through the power of the Holy Ghost, through whom all good is given and all good exercised. The constitution of the universe, the principles of moral law, the mediation of Christ, and the work of the Spirit show, that He desires to diffuse peace throughout this stormy world. 1. 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." There is to the Christian all the joy that is worth the name. Their “peace may well be as a river, since their righteousness is as the waves of the sea [Note: Isaiah 48:18. 2. 2. Romans 14:17. εἰς τὸ περισς. That there is a way of joy and peace through self. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/romans-15.html. You will never have more life, except as the Holy Ghost bestows it upon you. There is, first, the Divine gift, which underlies everything. We shall look at the power of the Holy Ghost in--. Updated: Sat, 02/21/2015 - 00:00 By admin. Everything was sacrificed to appetite, enjoyment, and play. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Romans 15:13". Able to admonish their erring fellow Christians. 1. The form of the prayer is moulded by the last words of a quotation which he has just made, which says that in the coming Messiah ‘shall the Gentiles hope.’ But the prayer itself is not an instance of being led away by a word-in form, indeed, it is shaped by verbal resemblance; in substance it points to the true remedy for religious controversy. Work in moral spheres, and though the work be imperfect, there will be a beneficial reaction beyond the measure of our efforts. Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1892. What is this? "Frédéric Louis Godet - Commentary on Selected Books". For the expression ὁ θεὸς τῆς ἐλπίδος cf. Christians should desire and labour after an abundance of hope, such hope as will not make ashamed. 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. He is also "the God of hope." Sketch his chequered life. (Phi) We need more members of the Church to "abound in hope", more members that refuse to abandon hope in converting others, or the success of the local congregation, or the belief that people can change. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/romans-15.html. God is infinitely above hope; Satan is infinitely below it; this is the glory of the one, it is the degradation of the other. (3) Holy Scripture is the divine storehouse of all furniture for the Christian life, even in its most trying and delicate features (Ro 15:4). That ye may abound in hope. You may say, “I cannot be happy.” Very well, then you cannot be an ideal of true Christianity. As soon as a person is saved, one of the earliest evidences of spiritual life is a great battle within. Hence, the degree in which one of these is possessed will be the measure in which all are experienced. Touch the button and switch off, and out goes the light. 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. 1905-1909. God has no unfulfilled desires.—Jesus Christ exercised His ministry amongst the Jews, and chose His apostles from the same people. 3. If a man’s little kingdom within him is all anarchical, and each passion and appetite setting up for itself, then there is no tranquillity. We “abound in hope” of entering a world without sin, suffering, and death. He that believes has found the short, sure road to joy and peace, because his relations are set right with God. We also have peace because we know that God's promises will be fulfilled. 1865-1868. Christian men may have a bad liver, or some trial, and then they get depressed. See the value of prayer, for if Paul longs to see his friends attain the highest possible condition, he prays for them. Then they are also without hope. with [His people].— ἐν δυνάμει) construed with περισσεύειν. The tender mother that clasps in her arms a beloved child, etc. When a Christian's joy is not full, you can count on one thing. 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. The Christian needs two kinds of perfection-of justification in the person of Jesus, of sanctification by the Holy Spirit. II. But you shall have joy and peace while the fighting is going on. The fulness of the blessing which it asks. 2. CONCLUSION OF THE EPISTLE. Joy and peace are present blessings; but hope has respect to things future. But they differ in this, that faith has to do with the present, but hope with the future; or faith brings the past and hope the future into the reality of the present moment. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mhm/romans-15.html. 1599-1645. 1. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Only mark this, as tong as you and I keep up the continuity of our believing, so long, and not one moment longer, does God keep up the continuity of His giving. This passage sounds like a conclusion. that ye may abound in hope — “of the glory of God.” (See on Romans 5:1). These miraculous gifts were given through the apostle's hands ( Acts 8:18). BibliographyPett, Peter. Joy in God, peace of conscience, both arising from a sense of our justification; see Romans 5:1, Romans 5:2. Painful penances? Sermons on Romans-Robert Morgan. The words, through the power of the Holy Spirit, intimate that all things are the gifts of the divine bounty: and the word power is intended emphatically to set forth that wonderful energy, by which the Spirit works in us faith, hope, joy, and peace. 2. The end for which this petition is made is. And we may assure ourselves beyond a doubt, that, “No man too largely from his love can hope, If what he hopes he labours to secure.”. 4. One pearl of great price is worth a million of little ones. A man may be in the lifeboat, but be exceedingly ill, and think himself to be still in peril. 1874-1909. Nay, thou art even commanded to rejoice in the Lord. Here two persons of the Godhead are brought into view as each being the bestower of this gift. May God. The blessed processes employed for the attainment of a great result.—The blessed processes are both external and internal, both human and divine, and all spiritual. (J. 1871-8. 1. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. By prayer. For lack of it a hundred evils beset modern Christianity. This is Paul’s conception of the Christian life as it might and should be, in one aspect. Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary. They may “rejoice evermore,” and without ceasing. But if by faith we let the God of hope come in, then hungry hearts are satisfied, and warring dispositions are harmonised, and the conscience becomes quieted, and fair imaginations fill the chamber of the spirit, and the man is at rest, because he himself is unified by the faith and fear of God. Burrows, Ashtabula, New York. 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. I. 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. It is not a natural impulse. The apostle could not more clearly designate his readers as former Gentiles, than he does by this connection. Romans 15:13 Commentary. Here is a verse packed full! Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). III. 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. (NASB: Lockman) Greek: O de theos tes elpidos plerosai (3SAAO) humas pases charas kai eirenes en to pisteuein (PAN), eis to perisseuein (PAN) humas en te elpidi en dunamei pneumatos … In Romans 15:5 He was the God of patient endurance and encouragement (comfort), now He is seen as the God of hope. God of hope—To the God of hope he prays that they may abound in hope, both of the accomplishment of this predicted unity on earth, and of the perfected unity above. (C. H. 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. This is a very necessary work, for if believers become unhappy they become weak for service. Romans 15:13. We need to know more truly the blessing of intercessory prayer. “The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace.” So then, where God comes and is welcomed by humble obedience and-trustful love, there is fulness of these precious gifts. He is the God of patience because we need endurance. κ. τ. Sorrow too comes of ignorance. Oh, if only we keep hold of Him there can be but little in any future to alarm, and little in any present to disturb or to sadden. Romans 16:1-4 Commentary. 2. It is a good sign that the spring is come, that the weather is warm; but there are mild days in winter. BibliographyMacLaren, Alexander. III. We are never said to hope for pardon, peace, reconciliation, union to Christ, access to God, or the indwelling of the Spirit. THE CONTEXT Chapter 15 grows out of the conflict addressed in chapter 14—conflict between "weak" Christians (14:1-2) who felt an obligation to abstain from eating meat and other Christians who felt no such obligation. He gives us fellowship with God Himself. .’-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. 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