HOPE IN HIS GRACE!
Romans 5:2, “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
We have, or by whom we have the privilege of obtaining the favor of God when we are justified. For Paul, justification was not just a doctrine to be understood, but it was hope in grace, because he had faith that God’s purposes (glory) would be accomplished. He also learned that suffering usually produces patience and endurance (verses 3-5); whereas, unbelievers are without strength and without hope in grace (verses 6-10). The enemies in verse 10 could be that they were enemies of God or they had enmity against God.
Either way, they would be outside of this hope in grace. In verse 11 God literally changes us from enemies to family.
The word “access” in verse one occurs in only two other places in the New Testament:
Ephesians 2:18, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”
Christ, “the way” has opened the favor of God for us by faith.
Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Into this grace means to have been granted the favor of reconciliation with God. Wherein we stand or we are fully justified.
And rejoice. Our faith is often represented as producing joy: Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Isaiah 35:10, “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
Isaiah 52:9, “Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 65:14, “Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, Verse18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.”
John 16:22, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” Verse 24, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
Acts 13:52, “And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
1 Peter 1:8, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
Three Sources of Joy:
- We are justified and declared by God as righteous.
- We have His favor and abide with Him forever.
- We have a future in the fulness of His glory both in this life and when we get to heaven.
Hope is an intricate emotion, made up of a desire for an object and an expectation of receiving it; when neither of these is present, there is no hope. On the other hand, when they are present in wrong proportions, there is no peace. When the desire for obtaining an object is present with an expectation of obtaining it in proportion to that desire, there exists a peaceful and happy state of mind which we call hope.
Paul implies that if the Christian has an earnest desire for glory, he should have a confident expectation of obtaining it.
The glory of God. The word glory usually means splendor, majesty, and honor. Paul refers to that honor and dignity which will be awarded to the redeemed when they are raised up to the full honors of redemption. At this point, they triumph in the completion of His work and are freed from sin, pain, and tears, and are permitted to participate in the full splendor, majesty and honor that will surround the throne of God in heaven.
Romans 8:24, “For we are saved by hope: but Hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, doth he yet hope for?”
Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
Hope in God.
Hope in His Word.
Hope in His Mercy.
Hope in Grace.
Remember that hope is one of the three, “and now abideth faith, hope, and charity….”