The other day while I was pondering the grace of God and the Doctrines of Grace, I ran across Romans 15:13 as I was reading my Bible on my Mac. I have been pondering and studying the Grace of God for several months now, praying that God opens my heart and pours more understanding of His grace upon me.

13. Now may the God of hope fill you with all ajoy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope bby the power of the Holy Spirit.[1]

Our total depravity really hit me when I read this passage. God, in His mercy and grace, gives us hope through the Holy Spirit. Even when we seem to have no hope, God gives us hope that leads to peace. God not only gives us salvation, but He fortifies it by giving us the Holy Spirit who gives us hope and peace. I had never really thought about hope from the perspective of our depraved nature and how we are not even capable of keeping hope. Not only does the Holy Spirit pray for us (Romans 8:25-26), He gives us hope when we are hopeless.

People without Christ can hope, but this hope rests solely upon them. The hope of the lost is built upon their works, their faith in their works, and the fruit of their works. This is the type of hope that does not lead to peace in times of trials.

Those of us in Christ are given hope by God; therefore God preserves us completely. I know this is a simple truth, but there is so much in this simple truth that we often overlook. I’m so thankful that God’s grace extends to all areas of our lives.

aRom 14:17

bRom 15:19; 1 Cor 2:4; 1 Thess 1:5

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ro 15:13). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

  1. christianclarityreview says:

    Good post.

    Not only do those who depend on their own works get a on again off again hope, but in the end, they find even the hope they had taken from them as they trusted in false metrics to judge even the worth of their works.

    Mat 13:11-17 And he answering said to them, Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not given; for whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall be caused to be in abundance; but he who has not, even what he has shall be taken away from him. For this cause I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear nor understand; and in them is filled up the prophecy of Esaias, which says, Hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand, and beholding ye shall behold and not see; for the heart of this people has grown fat, and they have heard heavily with their ears, and they have closed their eyes as asleep, lest they should see with the eyes, and hear with the ears, and understand with the heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are *your* eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear; for verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which ye behold and did not see them , and to hear the things which ye hear and did not hear them .

    What they hoped in turns out to be founded on compounded deceptions many centuries old. The whole time they were deceived that reality was a zone that forced free will on them and thus “what counted” was their desire to please God within whatever ideology happened to exist in their era. They measured their righteousness by the metric of their own emotional common sense.

    2Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves; but these, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are not intelligent.

    on the other hand, sometimes our hope comes from discipline. God basically telling us to drop and give Him fifty push-ups and suck it up while those who depend on themselves are eating cake. But that cake always catches up with them…

    We end up being buff in way they can’t admit exist.

    2Corinthians 10:17,18 But he that boasts, let him boast in the Lord. For not *he* that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

    God bless, brother


    In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

  2. Acidri says:

    Thanks for the blog article! I know you will like “CrimeScene: Cross at will” an article about Total Depravity http://7drizzles7.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/crime-sceneplease-cross-at-will/

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