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ernestandersonRev. E.Anderson

Reading Romans 4

Text v18

There are three wonderful Christian virtues listed in 1 Corinthians 13: 13, faith, hope and love, and all are important in life if our existence on earth is to be enjoyed to the full. Whilst ‘love’ is stated to be the most outstanding, this does not by any means deprecate the other two, because she functions in accord and in spiritual union with them to enrich the life, character and ministry in a divine manner.

Hope is described as a desire of some good, accompanied with expectation of obtaining it; confidence in a future event and experience. It is an inward anticipation sensed within a person of something of worth to take place. Real hope sustains even when things are of a despairing nature and order exist without. It has the ability to overcome all pessimism and dread, rising about all negative factors. Divine hope is there to light up the life even in the worst circumstances of life.

“Hope, like a gleaming tapers light‘, adorns and cheers our way; and still, as darker grows the night‘, emits a brighter ray. ” Goldsmith


One of the things that God loves to do is to impregnate His people with His hopes and expectations. He does this by begetting rich promises into the heart by His word. His dynamic word is able to impart and create hope when there is no grounds for any realistic human hope. He certainly did in the spirit and being of Abraham at a very late stage in his life and brought this man to believe in ‘divine hope‘.

In Romans 4: 18 it affirms concerning him – “Who against hope believed in hope‘ – or ‘hoping against hope had faith‘ – Godspeed. When everything was human hopeless, God gave him His hope and that transformed him and filled him with a sense of true expectation. This God-fearing patriarch knew what it was to be enriched not only with the knowledge of God’s presence but to receive hope into a hopeless situation.

Human hopelessness can be counteracted and dealt with by the communication and creation of the expectation of God within the mind and heart. God is called the ‘God of hope‘ – Romans 15: 13, so it is His nature and also within His power and capability to transmit His hope to His creatures. lt is apparent that He desires that those who are in relationship with Him be the recipients of divine hope. All those who have had any real dealings with the Lord have discovered that He was able to birth great expectations into their lives.

The dynamic words that God speaks are declarations of prophetic revelation of what is to be, which not only filll with assurance, but also begets certain hope of fulfilment. Hope anticipates the moment when all will come to pass in His perfect timing.

It is essential that the Christian believer knows something about the possession of divine hope. There must be an openness to God to allow Him to birth divine certainties within the heart. His plan is to impregnate the believer with assurances that advance both faith and the future, and hope is a vital requisite to the total realisation.

“May hope ever be a bright part of your life’s equipment. ” Crowell


Paul’s great desire for the church at Rome was that all the believers would ‘abound in hope – Romans 15: 13. He not only wanted them to be filled with joy and peace but to really expand in divine expectation; to be filled immeasurably in this way so that they were full of divine expectations. How necessary it is to be aware of the fact that God does not plan to give an occasional hope, here and there, but that life should be filled and possessed with hope. Life is to be filled with hope and God promises it to the maximum.

“The joy and peace of believers arise chiefly from their hopes. What is laid out upon them is hut little, compared with whet is laid up for them; therefore the more hope they have the more joy and peace they have”. – Henry

This is quite a good explanation from the expositor. it may be the reason why many professing believers do not have a great deal of heavenly peace and delight. They lack the conviction of what God is about to do in their lives here and now as well as eternally. Because there are no real spiritual hopes existent there is little rapture and rest.

It is about time we allowed God to fill us with Himself and at the same time bless us with tremendous hopes that will come to fruition according to His scheduling. The Lord, by His Holy Spirit, does seek to quicken in this direction, because in both Testaments the words are recorded in order to produce divine anticipation for good in the hearts of Christian believers. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit.” – Isaiah 64: 4;; 1 Corinthians 2: 9,10.

Many Christians do not enjoy the fullness and blessedness of life because they do not perceive what God destines to grant them in this life as well as the world to come.


Maybe it would helpful to spell out what God has in mind and what His plans are regarding the whole future. Although the society around may be filled with doom and gloom this is not so for the child of God because the opposite is to be the case. Each day there are to be living hopes bestowed within us because we have a living God that gives living hopes. They are to live inside and be fulfilled in God’s way and in His time.

The other day l heard Charles Swindoll the American preacher say: “There is no one like God to keep us hoping and nothing like hope to keep us going. “

There is the definite anticipation now of His constant blessing, of His abiding presence, of His sustaining grace, of answers to prayer, of personal direction, of daily provision and protection, of joy and peace etc., etc. As life is lived in and according to His Word and Spirit there will be no lack of expectation.

There are hopes that are of an etemal nature: that which is assured beyond the time factor, the earthly scene. Peter speaks in his letter to Christians in his day that Christ had begotten them to a living hope by reason of the resurrection from the dead – 1 Peter 1: 3. The truth is, the Christian has the best of both worlds: that which now is and that which is to come because of a Living Christ. We do not live in despair with regard to the present or with that beyond the grave.

We utter with Paul, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable ” – 1 Corinthians 15: 19. The prospect of eternity with all of the future blessings affect our here and now. They colour and tinge our spirits and give worthwhile pleasure.

There is the hope of resurrection should we go the way of the grave or the expectation of rapture of sudden translation at the re-appearance of Jesus Christ – 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18. The retum of Christ is our blessed hope when such will occur – Titus 2: 13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The wonderful pleasure of a new residence and a pleasurable environment in which to live is assured by Jesus Christ to all believers – John 14: 1-3. Heaven is to be our new home and the company could not be better! Eternity is to be the manifestation and ministration of the bountiful Fatherhood of God that expresses itself in His favour being showed in multiple ways, age after age – Ephesians 2:7 “in order that. . ., he might display in the ages to come the boundless wealth of His loving-kindness. “God truly loves His Family and it is His purpose to bless them forever and forever, age after age is to be a demonstration of His blessing.

Let God’s hopes fill you every day and cause you to see that you have everything to live for NOW and then this is to be followed up by much, much more ETERNALLY.



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