Rejoice In Hope of The Glory of God
". . . rejoice in the hope of the glory of God." - - - Romans 5:2
Let's first see how we have such a "hope".
(1) We must have faith in the "Lord Jesus Christ" or "Jesus our Lord", as Romans
4:24 refers to Him.
(2) He ". . . was delivered for our offenses..." vs. 25. Romans 5:8 says ". . . while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
(3) He ". . . was raised again for our justification.", 4:25.
(4) It is upon this premise that we are "justified by faith,...", 5:1.
(5) We have been at enmity with Him, 5:10.
(6) ". . . being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord
Jesus Christ: . . .", 5:1.
(7) ". . . we have access by faith into the grace wherein we stand,...", 5:2.
These are the factors that are basic to our having a "hope".
As saved ones, we have such a basis for our hope, 5:2 says". . . and rejoice
in the glory of God." Romans 9:23 discusses ". . . his glory . . ." It indicates that:
(A) He wants to make known what it is.
(B) ". . . the riches of his glory . . ." indicates that it is abundant.
(C) This knowledge is for ". . . the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared
unto glory." This preparation was by His provision of Jesus as our Saviour.
(D) vs. 24 makes the abundancy clear. It covers Jew and Gentile, which equals all.
As to the glory, He says "rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
As we study what He is providing for us, it is wonderful, beyond our imagination.
". . . 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.", I Corinthians 2:9.
We are told to "rejoice" in anticipation of it. The word from which we get "rejoice"
is also rendered "joy" and "glory", when used in the same sense as Romans 5:2.
In closing, let's note that:
(a) "the glory of God" is the goal to which we look, and that which arouses our
strong feelings (emotions).
(b) "hope" is the basis of our strong feelings. We have the "hope" because of
Who promises the more desireable culmination of our association with Him.
(c) Joy, or to rejoice, is the result of anticipating the presence promised
to the saints.
P. P. Bliss pens these words in one of his hymns:
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"Oh, that will be glory for me; . . .
When I stand in His presence, and like Him shall be,
Oh, that will be glory for me." AMEN! DDH