What does "abounding in hope" mean?


Romans 15:13

NKJV - 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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'The joy and peace of believeing the Eternal salvation' is referrered to as abounding in Hope. (Romans 15:13)

The God of the Hope of both Jews and Gentiles, who made the promises of eternal salvation to both; and, who has fulfilled them most punctually, fill you with joy and peace in believing you may abound in that same hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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In the context of Romans 15:13, "abounding in hope" takes on a specific meaning based on the surrounding verses and Paul's broader message:

**Key Context:**

* **Chapter 15:** In this section, Paul encourages unity and acceptance between Jewish and Gentile believers in Rome. He emphasizes God's promises for both groups and the shared hope they have in Christ.
* **Verse 13:** This verse ends a prayer for the believers. Paul desires they be "filled with all joy and peace in believing" and then prays they "abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

**Understanding "Abounding"**:

* The Greek word translated as "abound" means "to overflow, be wealthy, have more than enough, transcend all boundaries."
* This implies a **superabundance** of hope, far exceeding our own capacity and overflowing into every aspect of life.

**Meaning in Context:**

* Given the emphasis on unity and shared hope, Paul is praying for an **extraordinary amount of hope** that can bridge differences and foster unity among believers.
* This hope isn't based on human circumstances but on **faith in God's promises** and the **empowering presence of the Holy Spirit**.
* It implies a confident expectation of God's faithfulness, even amidst the challenges of building unity.

**Additional Implications:**

* This hope is not passive but requires **active trust and participation**, as indicated by the phrase "in believing."
* It empowers believers to face difficulties with **courage and resilience**, knowing God is ultimately in control.
* It fosters **joy and peace**, even in challenging situations, because hope rests on God's goodness and faithfulness.


* Interpretations of scriptures can vary based on individual beliefs and theological perspectives.
* This explanation offers one possible understanding of "abounding in hope" within the specific context of Romans 15:13.

February 19 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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