5 We have been made right with God because of our faith. Now we have peace with him because of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through faith in Jesus we have received God’s grace. In that grace we stand. We are full of joy because we expect to share in God’s glory. 3 And that’s not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. 4 The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. 5 And hope will never bring us shame. That’s because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. This happened through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 6 At just the right time Christ died for ungodly people. He died for us when we had no power of our own. 7 It is unusual for anyone to die for a godly person. Maybe someone would be willing to die for a good person. 8 But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 The blood of Christ has made us right with God. So we are even more sure that Jesus will save us from God’s anger. 10 Once we were God’s enemies. But we have been brought back to him because his Son has died for us. Now that God has brought us back, we are even more secure. We know that we will be saved because Christ lives. 11 And that is not all. We are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of him, God has brought us back to himself.
I have great reason for hope! All of God’s people have great reason for hope. My hope is a living reality, not an idea. My hope is that I have already received the Holy Spirit, poured into my heart. This is God’s expression of love towards me. This is a comfort and joy in my present reality, no matter what else might be going on. But it is also a sign.
It is a sign of what is past – Christ died for me, the ungodly. He has reconciled me with God. Made me a friend of God.
It is a sign of the future – just as Christ was raised from the dead, so I will be raised from the dead.
No wonder I have hope. I am enveloped by a past and a future that hold me through all eternity. While being held by God I am filled by his very Spirit!
Father of my past, present and future, thank you for declaring your love and life over me, not just with words but with actions the ring out for all eternity. I have a real and living hope in me. Amen
Written by Andrew Mellor