SUBJ: The additional considerations
of the benefits of being at peace with God and the further exercise of
faith in dealing with this present world.
AIM: That we should grow in the
ability to benefit from and grow in the grace of God of God wherein we
INTR: Having brought the to the
anchoring consideration of being reconciled to God and being granted
access into all aspects of the grace of God, Paul would now take us to
the application of these things in our present life.
1. We love the
places where we get the idea that there is more to come and certainly
this is such a text here. In fact, the first eleven verses of this
chapter are an unfolding of blessedness.
2. There are some thoughts
here that seem contrary to the normal way of thinking. But, we have
revealed here the ability given us to turn these things to His glory and
3. We will look first at the strange behavior of glorying
in tribulation. Then we will look at the positive effect of such
tribulation. And, then we will consider the matter of a hope that
“maketh not ashamed.”
are taught in many ways that we are not of this world and thus are not
to become attached to it. We are, however, appointed to live in it and
to deepen our attachment to the Lord and the Hope of salvation which is
Christ our Lord.
I. We glory in tribulations (v. 3)
“not only so” that begins this verse constrains us to revisit that which
is being enhanced.
1) We are justified by faith and are reminded that
it is not the efficient cause of justification; faith is rather the
means whereby we lay hold on it.
2) We would understand that the
peace we have is with God as in reconciliation rather than mere
3) And, we would remember that we have access into the
grace of God and that it is by grace we stand and rejoice in hope of the
glory of God.
2. It would seem that nothing else is needed and that
is so, but grace is abundant in the provsions of the Lord and so
We are given tribulations along with the knowledge of why they come
1) By these we understand all sorts of difficulty including sickness,
affliction, persecution, and anything resulting in worldly discomfort.
2) It seems almost self-abusing that one would be happy with difficulty
but such is not the case; we have no joy in pain, but we can rejoice in
what the experience produces.
4. It is there the evidence of our
salvation and the deepening of our sense of our Lord’s presence is most
evident and the scriptures verify this.
1) Thus, it is the proving
that our faith is genuine in that it does not waver in the face of
2) It produces a lasting effect in that patience is learned
(that is the idea of constancy steadfastness in clinging to the Lord).
3) The many ordeals of Paul led him to confess that when he was weak,
then was he the strongest.
4) And we are reminded of Peter’s words:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that
perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and
honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1 Peter 1:7.
II. The connected blessings (v. 4)
1. These things follow the working
of patience (a perfecting or maturing characteristic of saints).
The first is experience and may be rendered “trial” in the sense of
1) Our lives are a chain of experiences in the Lord and
those things remembered are most promising.
2) I just recently had a
conversation with a person wherein we shared experiences that seemed
impossible at the time but were often resolved in unlikely ways
obviously seeing the Lord’s hand in them.
3) But, not all situations
do resolve, but experiences, or having been tried cause us to maintain
confidence in the Lord – we are not going to fire Him because He didn’t
do it our way.
3. Even so, in either case we are able to confirm the
endurance of true faith and our confidence in the Lord on whom it hangs.
4. The ultimate outcome in our experience is hope – the anticipation of
the glorious end designed by our Lord in which we spend eternity in
blissful repose with Him.
III. The result of hope in us (v. 5)
1. John Gill wrote that “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 [it] any reason to be ashamed of it.”
all Christ is our Hope!
3. Fanny Crosby wrote “Blessed Assurance
Jesus is mine; O what a foretaste of glory divine.
1) She alluded to
the fact of the love of God shed abroad in our hearts – not our love for
Him or our ability to love – rather the sense of His love for us.
This the Holy Spirit does when we are born again and know that new life
in Christ our Lord.
4. This is the confirmation of the work of Christ
now come to fruition in our hearts.
1) We see His death, burial, and
resurrection and believe it.
2) We have a living sense of the Love of
God for us in the work of regeneration.
3) We then find true
substance in the things hoped for all which are found in Christ Himself!