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Romans 5:13 - Sin Not Imputed

Rom 5:13
For until the law sin was in the world - As death reigned from Adam to Moses, so also did sin. Now, as there was no written law from Adam to that given to Moses, the death that prevailed could not be the breach of that law; for sin, so as to be punished with temporal death, is not imputed where there is no law, which shows the penalty of sin to be death. Therefore, men are not subjected to death for their own personal transgressions, but for the sin of Adam; as, through his transgression, all come into the world with the seeds of death and corruption in their own nature, superadded to their moral depravity. All are sinful - all are mortal - and all must die. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (NASB)
 
For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (KJV)
 
Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. (NLT)
 
for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. (NET)

Sin comes before transgression.  With the nation fixated upon the energy crisis you with think that the delusional ramblings of what now masquerades as journalism would refrain from large atmospheric releases of hot air in order to prevent further global warming.  However, what really transpires is the continuous Neanderthal homological chest pounding focused upon convincing homosapiens (Latin: wise humans) that perversion is merely the natural extension of orderly Darwinian evolution.  The argument used in a recent news magazine is that Jonathan and David were CLOSE friends.  Therefore, it is completely permissible to engage in licentious and lascivious conduct.  If that were truly the case then we should all commit adultery with Bathsheba and have Uriah the Hittite killed to cover up an unwanted pregnancy in order to exercise planned parenthood. When Jesus said, "let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone" He also said, "go and sin no more!"  The reprobate mind thus becomes the swine looking for pearl casters.  Except for Grace we would all be in the pit for our foot would "slip in due time."  The fact that Jesus came into the world to save sinners does not imply anywhere in Scripture that He condones sin for the purpose of inclusion. He came to save us from our sin not to leave us to expire in the midst of it.  I suppose that it would be good here to list a few verses:

Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. (Luke 11:35 NLT)
 
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts. (1 John 1:5-10 NLT)
 
With the Lord's authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. (Ephesians 4:17-19 NLT)
 

Back in Chapter One we mentioned that the wrath of God was being revealed against all ungodliness and all unrighteousness.  We ought not be surprise that our ever descending society wishes to replace the wisdom of the Almighty with that of our own and like Israel become lost in the midst of our own sin.  Sin is the judgment!  We have been "abandoned" in our own sin to do what is right in our own eyes (Romans 1:24, Judges 21:25 paraphrase mine)

"Notice the object of God's wrath. Paul, in two words, has summed up all of human sin, placing it in two great divisions: ungodliness and unrighteousness.  'Ungodliness' is a sin against the being of God.  Man is not only a moral sinner (he is unrighteous), but man is a religious sinner (he is ungodly).  The unrighteous man live as if there were no will of God revealed; the ungodly man lives as if there were no God."  Dr. Alva J. McClain, Romans: The Gospel of God's Grace.
 

Romans 5:12 - Death Entered the World

But whence is it that men are so disingenuous?  The reason seems to be this:  The promise of eternal happiness is so agreeable to the inclinations and wishes of mankind, that all who call themselves Christians, universally and willingly subscribe to the belief of it:  but then there is something so shocking in the consideration of eternal torments, and seemingly such an infinite disproportion between an endless duration of pain, and short life spent in pleasure, that men (some at least of them) can scarcely be brought to confess it as an article of their faith, that an eternity of misery awaits the wicked in a future state.  (George Whitfield, Eternity in Hell)
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- (NASB)
 
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (KJV)
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. (NLT)
 
So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned — (NET)
 
The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. (Genesis 6:5 NLT)
 
For the choir director:  A psalm of David.  Only fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!  The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; He looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.  But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one! (Psalms 14:1-3 NLT)
 
"The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.   Who really knows how bad it is? (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)
 
So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another Man.  Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.  (1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NLT)
 
As by one man - Adam; who is mentioned, and not Eve, as being the representative of mankind.  Sin entered into the world - Actual sin, and its consequence, a sinful nature.  And death - With all its attendants.  It entered into the world when it entered into being; for till then it did not exist. By sin - Therefore it could not enter before sin. Even so - Namely, by one man.  In that - So the word is used also, 2Cor 5:4.  All sinned - In Adam. These words assign the reason why death came upon all men; infants themselves not excepted, in that all sinned. (John Wesley)

We often wrestle with the origin of our present estate.  But here clearly is established that sin entered the world through the disobedience of our paradisiac parents.  We commit sins because we are sinners (not the other way around).  Wesley even reminds us that infants are not excepted.   Did we ever have to teach our children to lie, cheat, steal or demonstrate selfishness?  To the contrary, we had to spend much time in their training in righteousness.  The Scripture is replete with examples of our true nature and death being its consequence.  And because of our nature, death came into this satanically controlled world and continues to reign.  That is why we needed a Savior!

 

 

Romans 5:11 - A New and Greater Joy!

G2643
καταλλαγη?
katallage??; gen. katallage??s, fem. noun from katallásso? (G2644), to reconcile. Reconciliation, restoration, exchange. A change or reconciliation from a state of enmity between persons to one of friendship. Between God and man it is the result of the apolútro?sis (G629), redemption, the divine act of salvation, the ceasing of God's wrath. In the NT, it means reconciliation, i.e., restoration to divine favor by bringing about a change in man, conversion (Romans 5:11; Romans 11:15), the means or occasion of reconciling the world to God. (The Complete Word Study Dictionary - General Editor: Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.)
Reconciliation
RECONCILIA'TION, n. [L. reconciliatio.]
1. The act of reconciling parties at variance; renewal of friendship after disagreement or enmity.  Reconciliation and friendship with God, really form the basis of all rational and true enjoyment.
2. In Scripture, the means by which sinners are reconciled and brought into a state of favor with God, after natural estrangement or enmity; the atonement; expiation.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sin, and to make reconciliation for iniquity. Dan 9. Heb 2. (Noah Webster)
And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (NASB)
 
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (KJV)
 
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (NLT)
 
Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation. (NET)
 
Rom 5:11 And not only so, but we also glory - The whole sentence, Romans 5:3-11, may be taken together thus: We not only "rejoice in hope of the glory of God," but also in the midst of tribulations we glory in God himself through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the reconciliation. (John Wesley)
 
We also joy in God - In Romans 5:2, he had said that we rejoice in tribulations, and in hope of the glory of God. But he here adds that we rejoice in God himself; in his existence; his attributes; his justice, holiness, mercy, truth, love. The Christian rejoices that God is such a being as he is; and glories that the universe is under his administration. The sinner is opposed to him; he finds no pleasure in him; he fears or hates him; and deems him unqualified for universal empire. But it is one characteristic of true piety, one evidence that we are truly reconciled to God, that we rejoice in him as he is; and find pleasure in the contemplation of his perfections as they are revealed in the Scriptures. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
 
“The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water.”  (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

We often hurry past this amazing verse and in doing so miss out on the revelation of the Greatest Gift Ever Given!  What is more amazing than Jesus Himself living in me?  The airwaves are replete with country songs sharing the heartaches of unrequited love or love lost.  I think as believers we settle for the counterfeit deception that is "mere milk and water" of sorts.  If our relationship with the Savior cannot be described as an "ecstasy of love and delight" then we have been deceived already!  Fear not because this union with Christ Jesus is available to "everyone who believes"!

Romans 5:10 - A Life of Friendship with God

We were reconciled - The enmity existing before rendered the reconciliation necessary. In every human heart there is a measure of enmity to holiness, and, consequently to the author of it.  Men seldom suspect this; for one property of sin is to blind the understanding, so that men do not know their own state.
We shall be saved by his life -
1. For, as he died for our sins, so he rose again for our justification; and his resurrection to life, is the grand proof that he has accomplished whatever he had purposed in reference to the salvation of man.
2. This may be also understood of his life of intercession: for it is written.  He ever Liveth to make Intercession for us, Hebrews 7:25.  Through this life of intercession at the right hand of God we are spared and blessed.
3. And it will not be amiss to consider that, as our salvation implies the renovation of our nature, and our being restored to the image of God, so, σωθησομεθα εν τη ζωνυτου, may be rendered: we shall be saved In his life; for, I suppose, it is pretty generally agreed, that the life of God in the soul of man is essential to its salvation.
4. The example also of the life of Christ is a means of salvation.  He hath left us an example that we should follow his steps: and he that followeth him, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of Life, John 8:12.  (Dr. Adam Clarke)
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (NASB)
 
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (KJV)
 
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. (NLT)
 
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? (NET)
 
Since I live, you also will live. (John 14:19b NLT)

Is Christ my friend and portion because I have embraced Him as such?  OR  Am I able to embrace Him because He is my friend and portion?  I oftentimes struggle with whether I am able to see in the flesh what is wrought in the Spirit.  I suppose this is part of the ever present tension we will face as long as blood pulses through our veins.  Jonathan Edwards captured this in his book, The Religious Affections.  He said that we will have a great many affections because of our relationship with Christ.  But the fact that we have affections does not mean that they are holy affections!  We have been brought into this wondrous membership in the Body of Christ by the death of its Head!  How much more will we be nourished by Him who lives and is seated in honor at the right hand of the Father?  In the flesh we remain dead. We must remember this lest we stumble and fall because of self-deception.  Only in the Spirit are we alive with Christ as our head!

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. (Romans 8:7 NLT)
 
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!" For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NLT)
 
For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. (Colossians 1:19-21 NLT)
 

Romans 5:09 - Liberty Grounded in Hope

Rom 5:9  Much more then being now justified by his blood,.... The apostle here argues from justification by Christ to salvation by him, there being a certain and inseparable connection between these two; whoever is justified shall be saved; and speaks of justification "as being now by his blood". Justification in God's mind from eternity proceeded upon the suretyship engagements of Christ to be performed in time; the Old Testament saints were justified of God with a view to the blood of the Lamb which was to be shed; this blood was "now" shed, and an application of justification by it was "now" made to the persons spoken of; which is the reason of this way of speaking. The blood of Christ intends his death, as appears from the context, and shows it to be a violent death; death by the effusion of blood. There is an emphasis upon it, "his blood"; not the blood of bulls and goats, nor of a mere innocent creature, but of Christ the Son of God; which is therefore efficacious to all the purposes for which it was shed, and particularly justification. This being ascribed to it, shows the concern Christ had in it, his blood is here put for the whole matter of justification; the shedding of that being the finishing part of it; and that our justification before God proceeds upon the foot of a satisfaction made to the law and justice of God: hence such as are interested in it,  (Dr. John Gill) 
shall be saved from wrath through him: not from wrath, as a corruption in their own hearts, which oftentimes breaks forth; nor as appearing among the people of God one towards another, which is sometimes very bitter; or as in their avowed enemies, the effects of which they often feel; nor from the wrath of devils, which is as the roaring of a lion; but from the wrath of God, from a sense and apprehension of it in their own consciences, which the law works; from which justification by the blood of Christ frees them; though under first awakenings they feel it, and sometimes, under afflictive dispensations of Providence, are ready to fear it: and also from the infliction of vindictive wrath or punishment for sin; for though they are as deserving of it as others, yet as they are not appointed to it, so they are entirely delivered from it, through Christ's sustaining it in their room and stead: wherefore they are secure from it both in this life, and in the world to come.  (Dr. John Gill)
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (NASB)
 
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (KJV)
 
And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God's condemnation. (NLT)
 
Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God's wrath. (NET)

The most amazing of words! How often these days do I hear them explained away by well meaning but deceived religious zealots.  WE HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHT!  It was not by accident, but by the deliberate action of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords upon the Calvary Cross where His blood was shed to make it so.  And this precious flood does now deliver me from the wrath that my sin deserves.  To whom is this wonderful gift available? "...everyone who believes…" Romans 1:16  This is liberty.  Liberty is a great word that comes from the French word Liberte which in essence means to be delivered from oppression.  Why is it that we are so quick to add a whole host of things on to this deliverance based upon our cultural biases that serves only to cumber down a new believer with a load they cannot carry.  They have received the "power of God at work." Yet the zealot requires something extra.  Salvation can only come in their mind if there is the requisite check in the block of the recipe they have concocted.  Perhaps it requires baptism in a certain method in a church building with a specific name over the door.  This is deliverance into bondage.  The whole crux of the reformation begun by Luther was by faith alone, in Christ alone.  Liberty assured!

It is much more reasonable to expect it.  There are fewer obstacles in the way.  If, when we were enemies, he overcame all that was in the way of our salvation; much more have we reason to expect that he will afford us protection now that we are his friends.  This is one ground of the hope expressed in Romans 5:5.  (Dr. Albert Barnes) 

Romans 5:08 - God's Love Demonstrated

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)
 
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (NASB)
 
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)
 
But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NET)

It is good to point out here that it is sinners who are reconciled by Christ's death. The sin is ours not God's!  Our sin is apparent and God's answer is Christ!  He has set this act of His mercy in His light so that all whom He draws to Himself will be able to see. The word here translated (commendeth - demonstrates - showed) literally means to "stand with." Figuratively meaning to make known and conspicuous.  Christ was made to be seen by all as the "way, the truth, and the life."

So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:6-8 NLT)

 

Romans 5:07 - No Greater Love?

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. (KJV)
 
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. (NASB)
 
Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. (NLT)
 
(For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) (NET)
 
There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. (John 15:13 NLT)
 
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us.  So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God's love be in that person?  Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. (1 John 3:16-18 NLT)

We often speak of the kind of love that requires the ultimate sacrifice.  We see this love demonstrated in stories of parents dying to save their children, soldiers using their own bodies to shield their brothers in arms from explosions.  But here in this verse we see this human love contrasted with God's love.  While we might die for someone with whom we have a deep relationship.  What about a stranger who may well be, by societal standards, the dregs of the earth.

An amplifying of the love of God towards us, so that we cannot doubt it, who delivered Christ to death for the unjust and for them from whom he could receive no useful thing, and, what is more, for his very enemies.  How can it be then that Christ, being now alive, should not save them from destruction whom by his death he justifies and reconciles. (Geneva Bible Translation Notes)

 

Romans 5:06 - Helpless

Christ died for sinners; not only such as were useless, but such as were guilty and hateful; such that their everlasting destruction would be to the glory of God's justice.  Christ died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; and we were yet sinners when he died for us.  Nay, the carnal mind is not only an enemy to God, but enmity itself, Rom 8:7; Col 1:21.  But God designed to deliver from sin, and to work a great change.  While the sinful state continues, God loathes the sinner, and the sinner loathes God, Zec 11:8. And that for such as these Christ should die, is a mystery; no other such an instance of love is known, so that it may well be the employment of eternity to adore and wonder at it. (Matthew Henry)
"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." (NASB)
 
"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." (KJV)
 
"When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners." (NLT)
 
"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." (NET)

Being hopelessly lost in the sea of our own sin is fatally consuming.  We are unaware of our lostness because our minds have been made reprobate as a result of our sinful affliction.  We are helpless to extricate ourselves even though we are ignorant of our estate and not inclined toward escape.  Christ for sinners slain then speaks volumes and is but the beginning of our understanding of the length and breadth of His wonderful Grace.  Who among us would be willing to suffer the indignities of the Messiah to extend a pardon for those who curse your name with a vehement contempt?

Rom 5:6
For when we were yet without strength - The apostle, having pointed out the glorious state of the believing Gentiles, takes occasion to contrast this with their former state; and the means by which they were redeemed from it.  Their former state he points out in four particulars; which may be applied to men in general.

I. They were ασθενεις, without strength; in a weak, dying state: neither able to resist sin, nor do any good: utterly devoid of power to extricate themselves from the misery of their situation.

II. They were ασεβεις, ungodly; without either the worship or knowledge of the true God; they had not God in them; and, consequently, were not partakers of the Divine nature: Satan lived in, ruled, and enslaved their hearts.

III. They were α?μαρτωλοι, sinners, Rom 5:8, aiming at happiness, but constantly missing the mark, which is the ideal meaning of the Hebrew ??? chata, and the Greek α?μαρτανω.  See this explained, Gen 13:13. And in missing the mark, they deviated from the right way; walked in the wrong way; trespassed in thus deviating; and, by breaking the commandments of God, not only missed the mark of felicity, but exposed themselves to everlasting misery.

IV. They were εχθροι enemies, Rom 5:10, from εχθος, hatred, enmity, persons who hated God and holiness; and acted in continual hostility to both.  What a gradation is here!

1. In our fall from God, our first apparent state is, that we are without strength; have lost our principle of spiritual power, by having lost the image of God, righteousness and true holiness, in which we were created.

2. We are ungodly, having lost our strength to do good; we have also lost all power to worship God aright.  The mind which was made for God is no longer his residence.

3. We are sinners; feeling we have lost our centre of rest, and our happiness, we go about seeking rest, but find none: what we have lost in losing God, we seek in earthly things; and thus are continually missing the mark, and multiplying transgressions against our Maker.

4. We are enemies; sin, indulged, increases in strength; evil acts engender fixed and rooted habits; the mind, every where poisoned with sin, increases in averseness from good; and mere aversion produces enmity; and enmity, acts of hostility, fell cruelty, etc.: so that the enemy of God hates his Maker and his service; is cruel to his fellow creatures; “a foe to God, was ne’er true friend to man;” and even torments his own soul! Though every man brings into the world the seeds of all these evils, yet it is only by growing up in him that they acquire their perfection - nemo repente fuit turpissimus - no man becomes a profligate at once; he arrives at it by slow degrees; and the speed he makes is proportioned to his circumstances, means of gratifying sinful passions, evil education, bad company, etc., etc. These make a great diversity in the moral states of men: all have the same seeds of evil - nemo sine vitiis nascitur - all come defiled into the world; but all have not the same opportunities of cultivating these seeds.  Besides, as God’s Spirit is continually convincing the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and the ministers of God are seconding its influence with their pious exhortations, as the Bible is in almost every house, and is less or more heard or read by almost every person, these evil seeds are receiving continual blasts and checks, so that, in many cases, they have not a vigorous growth.  These causes make the principal moral differences that we find among men; though in evil propensities they are all radically the same. (Dr. Adam Clarke)

Romans 5:05 - Hope Beyond the Pale

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)

Romans 5:04 - Patient Endurance

Rom 5:4
And patience, experience - Patient endurance of trial produces experience.  The word rendered “experience” (δοκιμη?ν dokime?n) means trial, testing, or that thorough examination by which we ascertain the quality or nature of a thing, as when we test a metal by fire, or in any other way, to ascertain that it is genuine.  It also means approbations, or the result of such a trial; the being approved, and accepted as the effect of a trying process.  The meaning is, that long afflictions borne patiently show a Christian what he is; they test his religion, and prove that it is genuine.  Afflictions are often sent for this purpose, and patience in the midst of them shows that the religion which can sustain them is from God.

And experience, hope - The result of such long trial is to produce hope. They show that religion is genuine; that it is from God; and not only so, but they direct the mind onward to another world; and sustain the soul by the prospect of a glorious immortality there.  The various steps and stages of the benefits of afflictions are thus beautifully delineated by the apostle in a manner which accords with the experience of all the children of God. (Dr. Albert Barnes)
And patience, experience - Δο?κιμεν, Full proof, by trial, of the truth of our religion, the solidity of our Christian state, and the faithfulness of our God.  In such cases we have the opportunity of putting our religion to the test; and, by every such test, it receives the deeper sterling stamp.  The apostle uses here also a metaphor taken from the purifying, refining, and testing of silver and gold.

Experience, hope - For we thus calculate, that he who has supported us in the past will support us in those which may yet come; and as we have received so much spiritual profiting by means of the sufferings through which we have already passed, we may profit equally by those which are yet to come: and this hope prevents us from dreading coming trials; we receive them as means of grace, and find that all things work together for good to them that love God. (Dr. Adam Clarke)
 
"and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;" (NASB)
 
"And patience, experience; and experience, hope:" (KJV)
 
"And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation." (NLT)
 
"and endurance, character, and character, hope." (NET)

If we look upon the adversities of life as an opportunity for us to grow closer in our relationship with the Lord, we will begin to see ourselves in a true light.  In the midst of the pains of life we call out to Jesus! What would we be doing if life was pure bliss? Perhaps all manner of stuff. But in the midst of trials we are talking with Jesus.

For our present troubles are small and won't last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2Co 4:17-18)
 
For even Christ didn't live to please Himself. As the Scriptures say, "The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me."  Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us.  And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled.  May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. (Rom 15:3-5)
 
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.  When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.  For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ.  Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation!  For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you.  Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. (2Co 1:4-6)
 
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.  Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, "God is tempting me."  God is never tempted to do wrong, and He never tempts anyone else.  Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.  These desires give birth to sinful actions.  And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. (Jas 1:12-15)
 
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1Pe 1:6-7)
 
And patience experience,.... As tribulations tend to exercise and increase patience, so patience being exercised and increased, enlarges the saints' stock and fund of experience; of the love and grace of God communicated to them at such seasons; of his faithfulness in fulfilling his promises; of his power in supporting them; and of their own frailty and weakness; and so are taught humility, thankfulness, and resignation to the will of God:

and experience, hope; hope is a gift of God's grace, and is implanted in regeneration, but abounds, increases, and becomes more strong and lively by experience of the love, grace, mercy, power, and faithfulness of God. (Dr. John Gill)


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