~REJOICING IN HOPE~

~REJOICING IN HOPE~
By  FLOYD BAKER, Pastor,

Scripture Reading: Romans 5 :2-5

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” This hope that Paul was rejoicing in is ours because of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only because of our “position in Christ” that we have this confident expectation. And it is ours, not because we have been justified by works (Romans 4:1-8), or by ordinances (4:9-12), or by law obedience (13-25), but by faith.

In Romans 8:30 the apostle writes, “Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.” Our future glory with Christ is certain because we are “in Christ” and Christ is in us. In Colossians 3:4 we read, “When Christ, Who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory.” Again we read in Paul’s Philippian letter, “Christ shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” (3:21).

Is it any wonder that we are “rejoicing in that hope?” For the child of God the future is always bright. As the days and years pass by that hope becomes even brighter; but let us not forget that God is able to meet our present needs as well: because the “Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts!” (Romans 5:3-5).

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