Rom. 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also cobtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
In what are you rejoicing? Maybe I should ask the question this way, in whom are you rejoicing? As I am writing this I am within ear shot of the joyful sounds (mostly) of my two boys playing together and I find my heart rejoicing in them and the gift that they are to me. Is this a stable joy though? What happens when they do something that disappoints me, or frustrates me? My joy is gone. Romans 5:2 says that we are able to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. This is a secure and confident hope that we have, but in what or whom is this joy found? The answer clearly is that our joy is found in the hope of the glory of God. So what does this mean?
The hope of the gospel. The first thing that rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God means is that there is hope in the gospel. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ I can have eternal peace with God. No more am I condemned, but rather I am infused with a hope that is never able to pass away. It is the secure knowledge that I am no longer under the just wrath of a holy God, but that wrath has been assuaged through the accepted sacrifice of Jesus Christ on my behalf. There is joy in the hope that I have in the gospel because it gives me direct access to the glory of God.
The hope of change. Not only do I have access to the glory of God because of the gospel, but I am being transformed into the image of Christ through observing the glory of God. Paul puts it this way in 2Corinthians.
2Cor. 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, vare being transformed into the same image wfrom one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Gospel hope gives hope for change in my own life. When I spend time in the Word of God seeing the glory of God, I am changed to look and act more like Him. The more that I act and think like Christ the more my joy is secure.
What often happens though is we become so focused on the means by which our joy and hope are secure rather than the object of our joy. We get so wrapped up with our change or lack of change that we forget that change is the product of rejoicing in the glory of God. Change is the product the glory of God is the object. When God is our hope, then our joy is secure and our transformation is assured. Brothers and sisters, rejoice in the hope that you have in the glory of God secured for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find hope and joy as you gaze at the beauty and glory of our great God.