NO HOPE?

In the text, those of us that have trust are told we have gained access to grace because of, and through, that trust.  We are told to boast about the hope of experiencing God’s glory:

Romans 5:1-2 (CJB) 1 So, since we have come to be considered righteous by God because of our trust, let us continue to have shalom with God through our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. 2 Also through him and on the ground of our trust, we have gained access to this grace in which we stand; so let us boast about the hope of experiencing God’s glory.

His glory is His splendor – His radiance – His fame – His renown – His honor!  We could add to this His reputation!  What we are talking about is God’s character!  His dignity – His beauty – His covenant faithfulness – His Grace!

To experience this . . . how can mere words properly describe it?  How are we able to boast about it?  How could we do it justice?  And who would not want to in spite of our total inadequate abilities to so? He is a GLOURIOUS GOD!

However, we are also told to boast in our troubles. . . why, you might ask? Notice the following Complete Biblical Library Greek-English dictionary explanation for καυχάομαι kauchaomai:

Boasting almost becomes synonymous with trusting in some texts. Those who boast/ trust in their riches are wicked (cf. Psalm 49:6 [LXX 48:6]), but those trusting/boasting in God can rejoice (also a suitable translation for kauchaomai, see ibid.; cf. 1 Chronicles 16:35).

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “2714. καυχάομαι,” in The Complete Biblical Library Greek-English Dictionary – Zeta-Kappa, (Springfield, MO: Complete Biblical Library, 1991), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “2714. καυχάομαι”.

Did you see what it said in the first line? 

Boasting almost becomes synonymous with trusting in some texts.

Verse 1 tells us it is because of our trust that we have gained access to God’s grace – a trust that is almost synonymous with boasting . . . so when we boast in our hope AND also in our troubles, we are acknowledging that God and the hope of experiencing His glory are worth EVERY cost we face – He is the God of our WHOLE life, not just part of it.  But it is also more than that.  Notice the following in context:

Romans 5:3-4 (CJB)

3 But not only that, let us also boast in our troubles;

because we know that

  • trouble produces endurance,

  • 4 endurance produces character,

  • and character produces hope;

It is hard to praise God in the storms of life.  Sometimes we get caught up in ourselves and our misery and sometimes lose sight of Him. There is a song by Casting Crowns that deals with this in a very meaningful and powerful way:

The text tells us that we develop endurance from facing troubles – that endurance produces character.  I want to to pause and think about what I am about to write:

If you are facing tough times and things in your life,

it is because God considers your character worth building!

In building your character, hope is produced!  How you might ask? Because hope is a result of trust!

Romans 5:5 (CJB)

5 and this hope does not let us down,

because God’s love for us

has already been poured out in our hearts

through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy spirit)

who has been given to us.

Praise God for his love for us!  That we might hope . . . when things are going good AND in the storms!

So what is hope?

I will let the text tell you directly:

Romans 5:6-11 (CJB) 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, the Messiah died on behalf of ungodly people. 7 Now it is a rare event when someone gives up his life even for the sake of somebody righteous, although possibly for a truly good person one might have the courage to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in that the Messiah died on our behalf 

while we were still sinners.

9 Therefore, since we have now come to be considered righteous by means of his bloody sacrificial death, how much more will we be delivered through him from the anger of God’s judgment!
10 For if we were reconciled with God through his Son’s death when we were enemies, how much more will we be delivered by his life, now that we are reconciled! 11 And not only will we be delivered in the future, but we are boasting about God right now, because he has acted through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have already received that reconciliation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, that is love!  That is worth boasting about!  That is our hope!!!

That is why this post is so sad to write.  In all of this joy, my heart is breaking.  It is actually aching!  Let me fill you in –

My wife and I were on our way to serve some beloved friends in their church on Easter Sunday.  They don’t have a regular drummer so I agreed to come play on their worship team that week.  I love them and I love playing with them!  Their daughter Kaylee was getting baptized and  we were very excited to get to be part of it!  As we were driving down the highway with all of this joy in our hearts singing along with our Joshua Aaron CD praising our Lord, a car pulled past us with the following license plate:

no hope

My singing stopped and I realized my wife’s had too – I realized she was crying.  She turns to me with tears mixed with mascara running down her cheeks in obvious anguish . . .

How bad do you have to hurt to have NO HOPE?!?”

She is sobbing by now and I realize I am crying too because it is getting hard to focus on the road ahead.  My grandson is tearing up too.  She continues:

To have NO HOPE is bad enough,

but how much do you have to be hurting

to proclaim it to the world on a vanity plate?

We all tearfully prayed for her right then – that the Lord would send her someone that would help her see what hope was – WHO hope was.

If you are reading this and you do not know what hope is or WHO hope is, I will let the text explain it to you how this all works together:

Romans 5:12-21 (CJB)

12 Here is how it works:

it was through one individual that sin entered the world,

and through sin, death;

and in this way death passed through to the whole human race,

inasmuch as everyone sinned.

13 Sin was indeed present in the world before Torah was given,

but sin is not counted as such when there is no Torah.

14 Nevertheless death ruled from Adam until Moshe,

even over those whose sinning

was not exactly like Adam’s violation of a direct command.

In this, Adam prefigured the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the offense.

For if, because of one man’s offense, many died,

then how much more has God’s grace, that is,

the gracious gift of one man,

Yeshua the Messiah, overflowed to many!

16 No, the free gift is not like what resulted from one man’s sinning;

for from one sinner came judgment that brought condemnation;

but the free gift came after many offenses and brought acquittal.

17 For if, because of the offense of one man,

death ruled through that one man;

how much more will those receiving the overflowing grace,

that is, the gift of being considered righteous,

rule in life through the one man Yeshua the Messiah!

18 In other words,

just as it was through one offense that all people came under condemnation,

so also it is through one righteous act that all people come to be considered righteous.

19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man,

many were made sinners,

so also through the obedience of the other man,

many will be made righteous.

20 And the Torah came into the picture so that the offense would proliferate;

but where sin proliferated, grace proliferated even more.

21 All this happened so that just as sin ruled by means of death,

so also grace might rule

through causing people to be considered righteous,

so that they might have eternal life,

through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord.

Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) is our hope!  It is He that is the love of God who died for us and shed His blood so that there could be forgiveness of sins.

He rose from the grave and sits at the right hand of the father.

This is what is worth boasting about!!!

This is our HOPE!

Be blessed,

Bill

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Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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