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Romans 15:13 – Super-abounding in expectation

07-03-2022 - Posted by Hans

Now may the God of expectation be filling you with all joy and peace in believing, for you to be super-abounding in expectation, in the power of the holy spirit.

We have no idea of ​​the unimaginable hope that the one God has laid up for all creation (Rom.8:21). Unconditional and guaranteed. Just one glimpse of that glory would repay all the troubles of this life. That is why Paul wrote earlier that the sufferings of the present are not even worthy to be compared (!) with the glory that will be revealed (8:18). Taking this as true (=believing) gives joy and peace and even more: it gives “all joy and peace”. No, even stronger: God is able to fill us with it.

What the heart is full of, the mouth overflows with. And that is what “all joy and peace in believing” works out. It makes “super-abounding… in expectation,” so that the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart. Of course, this is not human work. “The God of expectation” works this out in a man through his Word. Hence also “in the power (= strength, gr. dunamis) of holy spirit”. With such a “happy expectation” (Titus 2:13) we already have a heaven on earth!