This is so exciting–God is so good! I love when He shows me stuff. Yesterday I was looking for a specific Bible verse, but couldn’t find it. Last night I found it and looked up the commentary for it in my study Bible, which I wouldn’t have had time to do yesterday morning.
The Bible verse was Romans 15:4 (NKJV):
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
I looked it up and it said, to see Romans 5:2 (NKJV):
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
John MacArthur wrote in his commentary*:
“…hope of the glory of God. Unlike the Eng. word “hope,” the NT word contains no uncertainty; it speaks of something that is certain, but not yet realized. The believer’s ultimate destiny is to share in the very glory of God…and that hope will be realized because Christ Himself secures it (1 Tim. 1:1). Without the clear and certain promises of the Word of God, the believer would have no fasis for hope…”
That completely answers my question from yesterday about the word hope and what it means. If I could have found Romans 15:4 yesterday, I wouldn’t have researched it in my physical Bible and so I wouldn’t have been led to Romans 5:2, and I wouldn’t have read John MacArthur’s commentary on it and I would probably continue throughout my life wondering why it’s hope in Christ instead of faith or assurance.
God is so good! I love when He answers questions! Ask Him anything. He’s always listening to us.
Father, we praise You and adore You. We are so thankful for the certainty we have in Christ Jesus. We patiently await the day when You call us home and we’ll be in Your loving presence. We pray for family and friends who don’t yet know You, Father. Please soften their hearts, and open their minds to receive the Good News. Please allow them to have that hope that we have.
Lord, we lift up to You the people of Ukraine. May all the church continue to pray on their behalf. Please protect the Ukrainians, Lord.
Father, we intercede on behalf of the people of Morocco. May You move through their country and bring a multitude to know You as the one, true, living God. Father, we pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
*MacArthur, John (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible, New King James version.
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