A Study of Romans (16)
Joy and Aspiration
What does “hope of the glory of God” mean? Probably this: “The hope [expectation, aspiration] we have that we will participate in the glory of God.”
That is a picture of the sinner’s repeated and frustrating failure to measure up to the fulness of the image of God for which man was originally intended.
Joy and Affliction
The Greek word “we glory” (3) is the same as “we rejoice” (2). That “we rejoice in tribulations [afflictions]” means both that we are able to be glad even in spite of such circumstances and that we are glad because of such circumstances.
The Greek word for “tribulation” originally meant pressure. Oppression, trouble, distress are indicated by the word.
The pressure-experience of trouble and affliction helps produce in a Christian the quality of perseverance, patience.
Joy and Assurance
This probably means that the Spirit of God, when He convicted us, convinced us of God’s love for us; and that, when He came to dwell within us at conversion, flooded our hearts with the assurance and experience of that great love.