When doubts assail us there is no better balm for our souls than to seek Jesus in his word. It is no scanty measure of joy, and peace, and hope, which he prays for. 1. Believing in Christ is trusting Christ, "But what sort of a Christ is this I am to confide in? This is a "peace which the world cannot give."3. We must ourselves drink of the living water till we are full, and then out of the midst of us shall flow rivers of living water. All the spiritual life which exists in this world is the creation of the Holy Spirit. You will never have more life, except as the Holy Ghost bestows it upon you.2. Because He was sent of God on purpose to save. 2. But all acceptable supplication is wrought in the soul by the Holy Ghost.2. We might have expected "after ye have believed," as if joy and peace were net to be looked for at the outset of our Christian course, but the recompense of an advanced and established faith. Remember that the state of suffering, if you must suffer, is the abnormal state, and that a true Christian is a man who is a happy Christian. The works of grace. Joy is one of those early fruits of the Spirit which flow from a sense of our interest in the promises — a well-grounded persuasion of our having a part in the great propitiation. W. Beecher.Joy has been considered by Christian people very largely as an exceptional state; whereas sobriety — by which is meant severity of mind, or a non-enjoying state of mind — is supposed to be the normal condition. He did not fail one of them.3. Otherwise, however abundant the flood, there will always be some gaunt, barren peak lifting itself parched above the rejoicing waters. The only way by which God can give any man joy and peace is by giving him Himself. 2. The reason that there is so little real Christian hope is because men do not want God. That is good reasoning. Two old men, alike in everything else but in the possession of this buoyant expectancy, are really wide as the poles asunder. It is the law of Christ's vineyard that none shall work therein till first of all they know the flavour of the fruits which grow in the sacred enclosure. While all graces demand His in working, these demand His power. We might have expected "after ye have believed," as if joy and peace were net to be looked for at the outset of our Christian course, but the recompense of an advanced and established faith. We come to the end of the teaching part of the book of Romans as Paul pronounces the first of three benedictions, Romans 15:13, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.’ Out of an empty basket you cannot distribute loaves and fishes, however hungry the crowd may be. Because He was sent of God on purpose to save. How much of religion is done as if it were performed by an automaton, or ground off by machinery.3. 4. Romans 15:13 in all English translations. What is the hope in which we are to rejoice and abound? But all acceptable supplication is wrought in the soul by the Holy Ghost.2. In ver. Wherefore, "He is able to save to the uttermost."III. THE OUTWARD AND VISIBLE DISPLAYS OF IT.1. Intro: Beginning with Romans chapter 13, Paul has been talking about we should relate to the believers around us. He is as much delighted with the prospect of triumphant grace as any of us can be. And when afterwards Jesus raised the dead, healed the leper, etc., it was done by the power of the Spirit, who dwelt in Him without measure. It is wonderful how people will recover and see there is still something left. An interminable perspective. Romans 5:1-11. "Behold he prayeth" is one of the earliest signs of the new birth. You cannot get out of the Church what is not in it. 2. 14 onwards). E.g. There are many that claim to be Christians, and if asked about heaven will say that they hope to go to heaven when they die. Millions of spirits boar witness to the trustworthiness of Christ. But here is God, whom the world has injured, revealing Himself as the object of its hope. (12:1—15:13) B. 4. We are too apt to rest satisfied with the present enjoyments; and, even when we look forward to the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him, this is too often done with a cold heart and a languid eye. (3) Egotistical. 2. Half of the heresy in the Church of God is not wilful error, but error which springs of not submitting the mind to the light of the Holy Ghost. "Believing." We are utterly dependent here, and I rejoice in this. THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF HIS PEOPLE.1. If He will but enlighten the Church thoroughly there will be an end of divisions. If you want to get at them for any worldly object you can do it. Nothing is more characteristic of St. Paul than his insistance on the increase even unto perfection of every grace. We might have expected "after ye have believed," as if joy and peace were net to be looked for at the outset of our Christian course, but the recompense of an advanced and established faith. 1. All the evidences of the truth of Christianity which can be gathered from analogy, history, and external facts, are nothing whatever compared with the operations of the Spirit of God. I cannot save you, but I know my Master can. If a man should say, "I have got a large estate in India, because I feel so happy in thinking about it," that is no proof whatever. Romans 5:13 Miscellaneous Duluth Bible Church. To perfect us in holiness. (3) The rising of the Nile depends upon those far-off lakes in the centre of Africa. Hope can be described as happy anticipation of good which is coming for the believer. Do not overestimate them; for, though eminently desirable, they are not infallible evidences of safety. As the Spirit is a quickener to make us and our work alive, so must He specially be with us to make those alive with whom we have to deal for Jesus. Millions of spirits boar witness to the trustworthiness of Christ. The God of hope." It comes not from a creed repeated, or held merely intellectually. The great causes of all mental distress are —(1) Remorse. Joy. If professors be not taught of the Spirit their ignorance will breed conceit, pride, unbelief. Worldly hope rests upon favouring circumstances — our own powers. "The power of the Highest shall overshadow Thee," etc.2. Larger faith, permanent faith, mean larger and more permanent hope. The power of the Holy Ghost is manifested in —I. III. But He is man, and has the requisite tenderness to deal with sinners.2. (1)Then you never need distrust the power of God to carry you to heaven. That is good reasoning. Their are other kinds of religion and religious exercise than that of trust. Some look for them through good works. There I expect to be happy." But the term reluctantly submits to exposition. FAITH NATURALLY TENDS TO FILL THE SOUL WITH THE MOST PLEASANT AND DELIGHTFUL FULNESS, PLEASURE, AND HOPE.II. And this may serve to explain the paradox, "sorrowful, yet always rejoicing." (3) The rising of the Nile depends upon those far-off lakes in the centre of Africa. Now I shall suppose that these are not raising this difficulty by way of cavil, and that they are not labouring under any bodily sickness such as might bring on hypochondriacal feelings. I. THE TEXT MAY BE USED TO CORRECT TWO COMMON AND DANGEROUS ERRORS.1. "Fill you," etc. If the Church is to be happy and holy within herself, and if she is to conquer the world for Christ, she must have the power of the Holy Ghost.2. Suppose a man should say during a panic, "I feel sure that my bank is safe, because I feel so easy about my money"; you would say to him, "That is no reason." 2. Now if this be so, and Christ comes into the world and says, "Trust, and I will save you," He has God to back Him, and the honour of the Trinity is pledged to every soul that comes to Christ. Sinners, there is some hope for you. The assurance of reconciliation cannot rest in itself, but must muse on that which is to come; how can it but encourage the expectation of all the fruits of a justified estate? It is a Godlike hope — a hope which helps us to purify ourselves. So then, where God comes and is welcomed by humble obedience and-trustful love, there is fulness of these precious gifts. "... boyhood of wonder and hope,Present promise and wealth of the future beyond the eye's scope." We are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and so receive the nature of children; and that nature He develops and matures. Hadst thou known the doctrines of grace thou hadst not been so long a time in bondage! For a time he droops his head despondently, but he is soon ready to make another start. But the fact is that as time goes on experiences in life can erode this glorious certainty, and Satan can introduce doubts which take away our joy. PAUL has been pressing on us how we should live as believers in Jesus. In ver. We must here exercise the faith. Yes; but a man who is drowning may say that, but it is no solace to him as the billows close over him. The hope desired for the Romans was a collective hope, to be fostered as a common solace and strength. No; but the power of the Holy Ghost can. Many a heart would break if the Spirit of God had not comforted it. The Holy Spirit can. Half of the heresy in the Church of God is not wilful error, but error which springs of not submitting the mind to the light of the Holy Ghost. 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