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Romans 5:05 - Hope Beyond the Pale Bookmark

Rom 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed - That is, this hope will not disappoint, or deceive. When we hope for an object which we do not obtain, we are conscious of disappointment; perhaps sometimes of a feeling of shame.  But the apostle says that the Christian hope is such that it will be fulfilled; it will not disappoint; what we hope for we shall certainly obtain; see Phi_1:20.  The expression used here is probably taken from Psa 22:4-5;
Our fathers trusted in thee;
They trusted; and thou didst deliver them.
They cried unto thee,
And were delivered;
They trusted in thee,
And were not confounded (ashamed). (Dr. Albert Barnes)

Rom 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed - A hope that is not rationally founded will have its expectation cut off; and then shame and confusion will be the portion of its possessor. But our hope is of a different kind; it is founded on the goodness and truth of God; and our religious experience shows us that we have not misapplied it; nor exercised it on wrong or improper objects. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed,.... As a vain hope does, things not answering to expectation, it deceives, and is lost; but the grace of hope is of such a nature, as that it never fails deceives, or disappoints: it neither makes ashamed, nor have persons that have any reason to be ashamed of it; neither of the grace itself, which is a good one; nor of the ground and foundation of it, the person and righteousness of Christ; nor of the object of it, eternal glory (Dr. John Gill)

This hope will not disappoint us, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love.  It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints.  The love of God, that is, the sense of God's love to us, drawing out love in us to him again.  Or, The great effects of his love: (1.) Special grace; and, (2.) The pleasant gust or sense of it.  It is shed abroad, as sweet ointment, perfuming the soul, as rain watering it and making it fruitful.  The ground of all our comfort and holiness, and perseverance in both, is laid in the shedding abroad of the love of God in our hearts; it is this which constrains us, 2Co 5:14.  Thus are we drawn and held by the bonds of love. Sense of God's love to us will make us not ashamed, either of our hope in him or our sufferings for him. (Matthew Henry)
"and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. " (NASB)
 
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (KJV)
 
"And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love." (NLT)
 
"And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (NET)

There are a great many disappointments that we may face in life. But Jesus Christ is not and cannot be one of them. For those who have trusted in His saving Grace there is an eternal hope that endures the trials of this life (though it transcends beyond the pale of mere human understanding) and leads us to our eternal home. Our earnest lives within us (the comforter Who is God Himself). How then could we ever be disappointed. We have received an undeserved gift that defies description while it overflows into every molecule of our lives!

so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since he became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. (Heb 6:18-20)
 
who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment. (2Co 1:22)
 
And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2Co 3:18)
 
For God, who said "Let light shine out of darkness," is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ. (2Co 4:6)
 
And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls "Abba! Father!"
(Gal 4:6)
 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Gal 5:22)
 
And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) — when you believed in Christ — you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,  (Eph 1:13)
 
I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  (Eph 3:16-19)
 
he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,  (Tit 3:5)
 
Nevertheless there is more.  First, practical experience. We pass in fact through tribulations; but we rejoice in this, because it exercises the heart, detaches us from the world, subdues the will, the natural working of the heart, purifies it from those things which dim our hope by filling it with present things, in order that we may refer more to God in all things, which, after all, are entirely directed by Him whose faithful grace ministered all this to us.  We learn better that the scene in which we move passes away and changes, and is but a place of exercise, and not the proper sphere of life.  Thus hope, founded on the work of Christ, becomes more clear, more disentangled from the mixture of that which is of man here below; we discern more clearly that which is unseen and eternal, and the links of the soul are more complete and entire with that which is on before us.  Experience, which might have discouraged nature, works hope, because, come what may, we have the key to all, because the love of God who has given us this hope, made clearer by these exercises, is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost who is given to us, who is the God of love dwelling in us. (Dr. John Darby)
Rom 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed - That is, this hope will not disappoint, or deceive. When we hope for an object which we do not obtain, we are conscious of disappointment; perhaps sometimes of a feeling of shame.  But the apostle says that the Christian hope is such that it will be fulfilled; it will not disappoint; what we hope for we shall certainly obtain; see Phi_1:20.  The expression used here is probably taken from Psa 22:4-5;
Our fathers trusted in thee;
They trusted; and thou didst deliver them.
They cried unto thee,
And were delivered;
They trusted in thee,
And were not confounded (ashamed). (Dr. Albert Barnes)

Rom 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed - A hope that is not rationally founded will have its expectation cut off; and then shame and confusion will be the portion of its possessor. But our hope is of a different kind; it is founded on the goodness and truth of God; and our religious experience shows us that we have not misapplied it; nor exercised it on wrong or improper objects. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed,.... As a vain hope does, things not answering to expectation, it deceives, and is lost; but the grace of hope is of such a nature, as that it never fails deceives, or disappoints: it neither makes ashamed, nor have persons that have any reason to be ashamed of it; neither of the grace itself, which is a good one; nor of the ground and foundation of it, the person and righteousness of Christ; nor of the object of it, eternal glory (Dr. John Gill)

This hope will not disappoint us, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love.  It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints.  The love of God, that is, the sense of God's love to us, drawing out love in us to him again.  Or, The great effects of his love: (1.) Special grace; and, (2.) The pleasant gust or sense of it.  It is shed abroad, as sweet ointment, perfuming the soul, as rain watering it and making it fruitful.  The ground of all our comfort and holiness, and perseverance in both, is laid in the shedding abroad of the love of God in our hearts; it is this which constrains us, 2Co 5:14.  Thus are we drawn and held by the bonds of love. Sense of God's love to us will make us not ashamed, either of our hope in him or our sufferings for him. (Matthew Henry)
"and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. " (NASB)
 
"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." (KJV)
 
"And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love." (NLT)
 
"And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (NET)

There are a great many disappointments that we may face in life. But Jesus Christ is not and cannot be one of them. For those who have trusted in His saving Grace there is an eternal hope that endures the trials of this life (though it transcends beyond the pale of mere human understanding) and leads us to our eternal home. Our earnest lives within us (the comforter Who is God Himself). How then could we ever be disappointed. We have received an undeserved gift that defies description while it overflows into every molecule of our lives!

so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since he became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. (Heb 6:18-20)
 
who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a down payment. (2Co 1:22)
 
And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2Co 3:18)
 
For God, who said "Let light shine out of darkness," is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ. (2Co 4:6)
 
And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls "Abba! Father!"
(Gal 4:6)
 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Gal 5:22)
 
And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) — when you believed in Christ — you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit,  (Eph 1:13)
 
I pray that according to the wealth of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  (Eph 3:16-19)
 
he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,  (Tit 3:5)
 
Nevertheless there is more.  First, practical experience. We pass in fact through tribulations; but we rejoice in this, because it exercises the heart, detaches us from the world, subdues the will, the natural working of the heart, purifies it from those things which dim our hope by filling it with present things, in order that we may refer more to God in all things, which, after all, are entirely directed by Him whose faithful grace ministered all this to us.  We learn better that the scene in which we move passes away and changes, and is but a place of exercise, and not the proper sphere of life.  Thus hope, founded on the work of Christ, becomes more clear, more disentangled from the mixture of that which is of man here below; we discern more clearly that which is unseen and eternal, and the links of the soul are more complete and entire with that which is on before us.  Experience, which might have discouraged nature, works hope, because, come what may, we have the key to all, because the love of God who has given us this hope, made clearer by these exercises, is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost who is given to us, who is the God of love dwelling in us. (Dr. John Darby)


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