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Hope That Does Not Disappoint

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Romans 5:3–5 NKJV
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Last week in Romans
Romans 5:1–2 NKJV
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
So we currently have peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and we stand in this grace rejoicing in future glory. But what about the difficulties of life now? This is exactly what Paul deals with in our text this morning.
Romans 5:3 NKJV
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
The word Glory here is the very same word used in verse 2 where it is translated rejoice. That is the meaning here and it is used to mirror vs 2 where we rejoice in the hope of future glory and not only that but we also rejoice in tribulations. Paul is connecting these two concepts of future glory and present tribulations. they are interlinked in our lives. He make the connection again in...
Romans 8:15–17 NKJV
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
1 Peter 4:12–13 NKJV
12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
Christ was our example of suffering
Hebrews 12:1–2 NKJV
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
So coming back to our text this morning, after Paul says that we rejoice in tribulations he then gives us the “why”. and Vs 4 gives us this chain reaction to trials in the life of the Christian. Which are tribulations produce perseverance, perseverance produces character or proves our character and proven character produces hope which brings us back to vs 2 that we rejoice in hope so that because we rejoice in hope we also rejoice in tribulations because the product of tribulations is hope. So lets look at this chain of events that begins with tribulations. The first thing that trials or tribulations produces is...

Perseverance

The greek word translated “perseverance” or “patients" in the KJV refers to a person who is not swerved from their deliberate purpose and loyalty to faith even in the greatest trials and sufferings. The image of this perseverance is in
Isaiah 50:6–7 NKJV
6 I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. 7 “For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.
So in our passage it says...
Romans 5:3 NKJV
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
So it is tribulations that test our faith and strengthen our resolve. This is in agreement with James
James 1:2–4 NKJV
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Again we see a progression. The trying of faith produces patience and patience continues to work it perfecting work in us.
So Paul gives us this work in more detail in vs 4 of our text
Romans 5:4 NKJV
4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
so the next thing in the chain is...

Proven Character

The greek word here means an approved and tried character. The more that our faith is put to the test the more steadfastness we develop as we see God’s hand of deliverance time and time again in our life. This in turn develops in us a moral fortitude and strength of character. We gain experience in faith and trusting in God so that we are more quick to persevere in the face of the next trial. So God is doing his work in us producing the image of Christ in us by developing the character of Christ in us. Tribulation was the path that Christ took to the cross which ended in His glorification as the redeemer of mankind. So tribulation is our road to glorification with Christ.
This is the joy that is set before us this is why we rejoice, not because we enjoy the pain of tribulation but because we know its end result is perfection. which brings us to the third product of our tribulations which is.

Hope

Paul has now brought us full circle we rejoice in hope of the glory of God in verse 2 we also rejoice in tribulations because it produces hope of the glory of God. God is woking out the his glory in us. so that we will be glorified together with Him. This glory is beyond our comprehension.
Romans 8:18 NKJV
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
If we can catch just a glimpse of the glory that will be revealed in us then we would gladly endure whatever suffering that God see fit to bring us into that glory because the price in not worthy to be compared. We do have a glimpse of this glory in the person of Jesus Christ.
Finally look at this assurance we are given in vs 5.
Romans 5:5 NKJV
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Hope, this hope, does not disappoint, the word means literally that it does not dishonour or disgrace, put to shame the one who hopes. How does hope put to shame? When the thing hoped for never eventuates. David prays in ...
Psalm 25:20–21 NKJV
20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You.
His prayer is that God would come through for him because he had put his trust in God.
1 Peter 2:6 NKJV
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
Paul gave the reason in vs 5
Romans 5:5 NKJV
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
The reason that we can know that our hope will not disappoint is because the Holy Spirit has been pour out into our hearts. We have not yet seen the redemption of our bodies otherwise we would no longer need to hope “for what a man sees why does he yet hope for”? but we have the earnest.
Ephesians 1:13–14 NKJV
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
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