Romans 15:13 - God of Hope.
Romans 15:13 - God of Hope.
Romans 15:13 (NKJV) 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.
Romans 15:13 (TNIV) May the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by
the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (GW) May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy
and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with
hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is Paul's benediction to his letter. What follows from this
point are his personal plans and greetings.[Life Application
God of hope. This is one of many beautiful appellations given to
our God in the New Testament. [Defender's SB]
Hope The Greek term denotes "confident expectation" or
"anticipation," not "wishful thinking" [Nelson SB]
Paul prays that their faith may give them a life full of joy and
peace and hope, which are all the results of true faith and of the
presence of the Holy Spirit. [SDA Bible Commentary]
Paul again prays for the believers (as in 15:5). This time Paul
prays that the God who gives hope will give them joy (as they
anticipate what God has in store for them) and peace (as they rest in the
assurance that God will do as he has promised). Then, the believers can
overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is by the power of
the Holy Spirit that God accomplishes his care for his people--giving
them endurance, encouragement, unity (15:5), hope, joy, and peace.
Hope comes as a by-product of the Holy Spirit's work. It does not
come from our own senses or experiences. [Life Application
The Holy Spirit transforms the lives of God's people. He uses
His great power to do this, yet He does not overwhelm us. People who
do not know Christ are without God and therefore without hope (Eph
2:12). Christ through the Spirit brings us hope when we accept Him.
That hope must be nurtured and cared for, especially in the face of
persecution. To possess a steady hope that you will ultimately share in God's
glory is a source of great joy (Ro 5:2). Christians may nurture hope;
but ultimately only the Spirit keeps hope alive. We should pray that
God will help us to overflow with hope by the power of the Spirit.
Lewis Smedes chose a provocative subtitle for his book
Standing on the Promises: "Keeping Hope Alive for a Tomorrow We Cannot
The seeds for the book were sown after the 1992 riots in Los
Angeles, when Smedes was led "from charred ruin to charred ruin, from
burned-out hope to burnedout hope, each sad scene seducing closer to the
gully of despair." A few weeks later, while driving, Smedes was jolted
by seeing above him a brilliant billboard above Airport Boulevard
with three words in arresting red: "KEEP HOPE ALIVE."
To the L.A. residents with burned-out homes and businesses,
despair often trumped hope. Anyone who has endured the tragic
consequences of a degenerating culture and incessant world crises knows that
hopelessness is a tempting option. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Smedes asks, "Why do some people always abound in hope and
others always slouch to despair? How can we become more hopeful
persons? How can we keep on hoping when our fondest hopes crash on the
rugged edges of tragedy?"
The apostle Paul, who himself experienced plenty of tragedy,
was one who always abounded in hope. We see how he confronted
disaster with irrepressible hope when he wrote to the Romans, "We can
rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they
help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of
character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation"
(Romans 5:3-4 NLT). He went on to say, "Rejoice in our confident hope.
Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying" (Romans 12:12 NLT).
Though in deep trouble, Paul emphasized hope.
Smedes says, "Choosing to keep on struggling against despair
and to keep on choosing for hope - this is to take responsibility to
write our life story empowered by hope."
Lord, you know it's often hard for me to feel hopeful. More
and more I realize I can't create my own hope! It comes only from
you. Help me get my eyes off my troubles and onto your grace and
compassion for others.
The Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait
patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled.... I pray that God, the
source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you
trust in him. Romans 15: 4, 13 NLT [The One Year Book of Encouragement
by Harold Myra]
Jill Briscoe was touring new hospice facilities that were
beautiful and made as much like home as possible. But these people aren't
"home" yet, Jill thought. This is the start, not the finish; the
beginning, not the end.
She shared the thought with the doctor and others with her
that this was really a "birthing wing." Here was where people were
going to be ushered into eternity.
What a marvelous image: the place of death transformed into
the scene where anguish and pain and fears suddenly change into the
triumph of birth and all the joys of new life. That is the firm hope of
the gospel for every hospice.
Yet death is still a merciless enemy. We experience its
ugliness. The horrific accident that suddenly rips a loved one away from
us or the slow, often painful, process of dying can feel like a
nightmare from which we cannot escape.
Jill says it was in just such a "bitter, despairing time"
that she was greatly consoled by 1 Corinthians 15:
Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a
of all who have died.... Our earthly bodies are planted in
when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our
buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory.
They are buried
in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.... When
bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never
Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in
victory. O death,
where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" (1
15:20, 42-43, 54-55, NLT)
Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer, grant me the faith to believe
that your promises of new life beyond the grave are true. Help me to
live here and now with that lively hope that enables me to live in
your strength and love.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely
with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow
with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans
15:13 NLT [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra]
The normal Christian life is to be characterized by hope, joy,
and peace. As we grow in grace, God wants us to experience more and
more of each of them--and if they're lacking, something has gone
wrong. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley]
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