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Devotional - week of January 27, 2008


HOPE OF GOD'S GLORY

 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Romans 5:1-2

 

Paul stated in Romans 3:23 that everyone falls short of God’s glory. He wrote in Romans 5:1-2 about a hope of receiving God’s glory. Hope in the New Testament is not a maybe yes or maybe no circumstance. It is faith to the ultimate. It is certainty. Believers may rejoice in the certainty of experiencing God’s glory.

 

Paul declared in Romans 5:5 that this hope does not disappoint us because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit God has given us. God’s glory, then, is His love. Paul follows this revelation with an extended statement about God’s love.

 

Verses 6-8 tell of God sending Jesus to die for us while we were ungodly sinners. Verse 9 is about the death of Jesus making possible our justification, which saves us from the wrath of God. Verse 10 is about our reconciliation with God through the death of Jesus. With the term “saved,” verse 10 also informs us of how reconciled believers may experience Christian growth through the life of Jesus.

 

These expressions of God’s love show that His love is sacrificial, undeserved, unconditional and redemptive. That quality of love is God’s glory. God’s intention is to fill all believers with love that is sacrificial, undeserved, unconditional and redemptive. With that quality of love, believers will be visible expressions of the glory of God.

 

In the overall context of Romans 5:1-11, Paul gave three reasons that believers may have hope of the glory of God. First, they have access to God’s grace (verse 2). Second, glory comes through suffering (Romans 5:3-4). Third, the Holy Spirit whom God has given all believers (Romans 5:5) sheds abroad the love of God in their hearts.

 

The Holy Spirit is in all believers, and God, in His wisdom and love, sends the suffering circumstances resulting in glory. Our responsibility is to receive the grace to which we have access and be filled with the Holy Spirit. When filled with the Spirit, we are filled with God’s love (Galatians 5:22)—which is His glory.

 

Romans 5:12-8:39 tells us how to receive grace and be filled with the Holy Spirit and with the glory of God.