"Knowing that tribulation produces perseverance..."
Text: Romans 5:3
THE DOCTRINE OF HOPE
How may we understand the doctrine of “hope”? Let us reconsider the following text.
“Through whom also we have access by faith
into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in
hope of the glory of God.”
a) By faith we have access to God.
b) By faith we understand and appreciate that one day we will see the glory of God.
c) However, as long as we are in our mortal body, we can only live in hope.
a) Hope is therefore the opposite side of the coin of faith.
b) Hope is faith not yet fully realized.
c) Hope is a faith-reality.
OUR EARTHLY EXISTENCE
Though we have a glorious hope for the future, we still have to face an important truth. We are subject to all the trials and tribulations that are a part of human life. No one is spared from the trials of life! How then ought we to face tribulation? Paul has this wonderful word.
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.”
Paul suggests the adoption of a powerful stance. The word chosen to describe this stance is actually “kauchometha” (In the Greek text). It is translated by two words in the NKJV.
1. We “rejoice” Romans 5:2
2. We “glory” Romans 5:2
The essence of the word is that of “tremendous confidence”. It may actually be translated as “boasting” (without any negative connotations). Paul is suggesting that our faith and hope in God should be so strong and confident, that even if there is tribulation, we need not be afraid! Tribulation will only produce perseverance, an excellent virtue!