Paul ends Romans 5:2 with us exalting and praising God for the hope that we have received through the atoning work of Christ. It is easy to praise God for the works of Christ. After all, He is the One who took on our punishment and suffered and died. We have received all that God requires for salvation, no works required. There is much to praise God for. We should never forget or take for granted what God in Christ has done for those who believe! But, when we look further into this passage we learn that not only are we to glory in God for His gift of grace but we are also to exult or glory in our tribulations! I forget sometimes to praise God for His gift of grace, I certainly do not praise Him as I should for my tribulations!
The Spirit of Christ is telling us to praise God for our tribulations and He gives us three reasons to do so. We are going to look at the three fruits but first I want us to read the verses and then look at the definition of exult.
Exult In Hope EXULT IN TRIBULATION
Exult Means: To rejoice, feel great delight, joyful confidence. To joy in the privilege of God. Exult expresses an unusually high degree of confidence in God for what he has done. Faith implies the surrender of self-glorifying. We exult in God for salvation. The same definition applies to both circumstances!!!
Three Fruits of Tribulation
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;and perseverance, proven character; and proven character hope; Romans 5:3-4
- Proven Character
Tribulation means: To crush, press together, hem in. It conveys the idea of being squeezed or placed under pressure or crushed beneath a weight.
Tribulation brings about perseverance. Look at how Harry Ironside describes this work:
Harry Ironside explains that “tribulation worketh patience” if we accept it as from our loving Lord Himself, knowing it is for our blessing. Out of patient endurance springs fragrant Christian experience, as the soul learns how wonderfully Christ can sustain in every circumstance. And experience blossoms into hope, weaning the heart from the things of earth and occupying them with the heavenly scene to which we are hastening.
Perseverance brings about proven character. Look at how Ray Steadman describes this work:
Ray Stedman – We have all seen the tire advertisements on television. A car is equipped with four tires and is put through horrendous tests — driven through desert sands, bogs, swamps, and marshes, driven over rough, hard, cobblestone roads, over roads with holes and chuck-holes, over boards studded with nails. The tire is twisted and pulled and stretched in every direction, and you are amazed at what that tire can take! After the test is over, they hold the tire up and it looks like it’s never been out of its wrapping! Then the ad comes: “Buy Sock’em Tires! They’re tested, proven!” Now that is what this word character means. God is building you up so he can hold you up and say, “He’s approved, he’s tested.” God is in the process of making veterans. I have always liked that word. A veteran has been through something and has been tested and proven.
Proven Character brings about hope. Look at how Ray Steadman describes this work:
Ray Stedman– “Suffering produces character. Character (gradually growing into true manhood and womanhood) makes us hope, for we see that the job is being done, and we know that God is at work and that we need not stand at last ashamed and disappointed before Jesus Christ when he comes. All this, Paul says, is because God loves us — so, when suffering comes, it is not a mark of God’s anger; it is a mark of his love.
Hope Does Not disappoint
And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
Why does hope not disappoint? The word because is going to bring us to a conclusion. This is the result, the LOVE of God has been poured out into our hearts!
The Holy Spirit of God pours God’s love into our hearts that we may not grow weary or faint! We know that our tribulations are producing for us an eternal weight of glory.
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The Spirit in James 1:4 is saying, “Let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Dear Ones, If you are in a trial right now, do not lose heart. Your Tribulation is producing for you:
- An Eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17)
- A steadfast Hope( Romans 5:5)
- The peaceful fruit of righteousness(Hebrews 12:11)
Tribulation produces a hope that does not put us to shame but stands us up by faith in the grace of God!
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