Series: Walking the Talk
Message – Spirit empowered Hope
Spirit empowered Hope
Turn with me to Rom. 5:1-5. The entirety of our teaching last week was based upon this passage and after having read it you are going to tell me, without consulting your notes, why and how it is true that our hope does not disappoint.
Rom 5:1-5, “(1) Standing then acquitted as the result of faith, let us enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom also, as the result of faith, we have obtained an introduction into that state of favour with God in which we stand, and we exult in hope of some day sharing in God’s glory. (3) And not only so: we also exult in our sufferings, knowing as we do, that suffering produces fortitude; (4) fortitude, ripeness of character; and ripeness of character, hope; (5) and that this hope never disappoints, because God’s love for us floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
So this week we begin with HOPE…
The Christian faith mentions several hopes:
- Redemption of our bodies
- Being prepared as a dwelling place for God in the Spirit
but we only have ONE GREAT hope – Rom. 8:24; Col. 1:27
Heb. 6:13-20, “(13) For when God gave the promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself, (14) saying, “ASSUREDLY I WILL BLESS YOU AND BLESS YOU, I WILL INCREASE YOU AND INCREASE YOU.” (15) And so, as the result of patient waiting, our forefather obtained what God had promised. (16) For men swear by what is greater than themselves; and with them an oath in confirmation of a statement always puts an end to a dispute. (17) In the same way, since it was God’s desire to display more convincingly to the heirs of the promise how unchangeable His purpose was, (18) He added an oath, in order that, through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for Him to prove false, we may possess mighty encouragement–we who, for safety, have hastened to lay hold of the hope set before us. (19) That hope we have as an anchor of the soul–an anchor that can neither break nor drag. It passes in behind the veil, (20) where Jesus has entered as a forerunner on our behalf, having become, like Melchizedek, a High Priest for ever.”
Turn to Rom 15:13,
“May God, the giver of hope, fill you with continual joy and peace because you trust in Him–so that you may have abundant hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Rom. 8:1-39, “(1) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus; (2) for the Spirit’s Law– telling of Life in Christ Jesus–has set me free from the Law that deals only with sin and death. (3) For what was impossible to the Law–powerless as it was because it acted through frail humanity–God effected. Sending His own Son in a body like that of sinful human nature and as a sacrifice for sin, He pronounced sentence upon sin in human nature; (4) in order that in our case the requirements of the Law might be fully met. For our lives are regulated not by our earthly, but by our spiritual natures.”
KJV “After” – meaning conformable to the will of the flesh or of the Spirit
“(5) For if men are controlled by their earthly natures, they give their minds to earthly things. If they are controlled by their spiritual natures, they give their minds to spiritual things. (6) Because for the mind to be given up to earthly things means death; but for it to be given up to spiritual things means Life and peace. (7) Abandonment to earthly things is a state of enmity to God. Such a mind does not submit to God’s Law, and indeed cannot do so. (8) And those whose hearts are absorbed in earthly things cannot please God. (9) You, however, are not devoted to earthly, but to spiritual things, if the Spirit of God is really dwelling in you; whereas if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, such a one does not belong to Him. (10) But if Christ is in you, though your body must die because of sin, yet your spirit has Life because of righteousness. (11) And if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead is dwelling in you, He who raised up Christ from the dead will give Life also to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who dwells in you. (12) Therefore, brethren, it is not to our lower natures that we are under obligation that we should live by their rule. (13) For if you so live, death is near; but if, through being under the sway of the spirit, you are putting your old bodily habits to death, you will live.”
I hope this message will bless you richly…not because I taught it, but because it reveals Christ. He alone is our blessing and if in any way – whether big or small, 100% accurate or even just partially so – I have revealed our great God and Savior to you in a relationally knowable way, then this was time well spent on both our parts.
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