The God of Hope

Romans: The Glory of the Gospel Part 37

The God of Hope – Romans 15:8-13

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – July 29th, 2018



  • At this point in his letter, Paul is starting to come in for a landing. He returns to one of the main themes of what Christ has done for both the Jews and the Gentiles and that in Him we are one body and one family. These next verses are a beautiful summation and culmination of the Work of Christ in the world.  In the section we are examining this morning I want you to fully understand that God is truthful, trustworthy and merciful.  Believing in Him will give you joy, peace and hope.


God is truthful


Rom 15:8a ESV

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness,


  • The question is: how does Christ becoming a servant to the Jews show God’s truthfulness? Answer: because God promised many things to the Jewish nations that were fulfilled in Christ.
    • He promised the He would send a savior, a redeemer the “mighty one of Jacob” (Isa 60:16).
    • He promised that a redeemer would come to Zion to those in Jacob (Isa 59:20).
    • He promised that His servant would gather Jacob back to Him (Isa 49:5-6).
    • He promised the savior would carry their sorrows, griefs and iniquities, and be wounded for their transgressions (Isa 53:1-7).
    • He promised the redeemer would come from the descendants of Jesse (Isa 11:1-10).
    • He promised the ruler of Israel would be born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2).
  • Jesus, coming in the flesh as a servant to the Jews was proof that God tells the truth and is true.
  • What does this mean for us? It means that when God says something it is true, and if it is true, you can trust Him.


God is trustworthy


Rom 15:8b ESV

in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,


  • God indeed gave promises to the patriarchs. He made covenants and promises to these men of the Jewish line and He fulfilled them in Christ.
    • God promised Abraham that He would make him a father of a multitude of nations, exceedingly fruitful, and kings shall come from Him. God establish His covenant between Abraham and his offspring throughout their generations to be God to him and to his offspring (Gen 17:5-8)
    • God confirmed His Promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Deut. 29:13).
    • God promised King David to establish his offspring forever and build his throne for all generations. (Ps 89:3-4)


  • Christ coming to be the servant to the Jews confirmed God’s truthfulness and filled God’s promises.


2 Cor 1:20-21 ESV

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.


  • God is truthful, and God is trustworthy. This means that we can trust Him on His word, and when he says He will do something he will do it.
  • Paul highlights another characteristic of God in that He is also merciful.


God is merciful


Rom 15:9a ESV

and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.


  • God the Father sent His Son to be a servant to the Jews to fulfil His promise to the patriarchs and prove His truthfulness and trustworthiness. God did this also that the non-Jewish people may also give glory to God for providing mercy to us all in Christ.  What Christ did not only applied to the Jewish people but to all people.In Christ we to can receive mercy (not giving us what we deserve) from God.
  • There are also many scriptures in the Old Testament that pointed to the mercy of God being applied to the world (Ex 25:17-22, Lev 16:14-16, Isa 30:18).
  • We find the mercy of God throughout the Old Testament. His mercy is fully given through Christ as recorded in the New Testament. The Apostle Peter summed it up in this way:


1 Peter 1:3-6 ESV

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.


1 Peter 2:10 ESV

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.


Paul then goes on to list a number of Old Testament passages that show the Gentiles receiving mercy from God.


Rom 15:9b-12 ESV

As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.”10 And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.”12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”


There is a beautiful progression in the promises that Paul quoted in Rom 15:9-12.

  • The Jews glorify God among the Gentiles
    • (Rom 15:9, quoting Ps 18:49)
  • The Gentiles rejoice with the Jews
    • (Rom 15:10, quoting Deut 32:43)
  • All the Jews and Gentiles together praise God
    • (Rom 15:11, quoting Ps 117:1)
  • Christ shall reign over Jews and Gentiles
    • (Rom 15:12, quoting Isa 11:10)


  • God is truthful, God is trustworthy, God is merciful


Believing in Him will give you joy, peace and hope


Rom 15:13 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peacein believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.



  • How does knowing that God is truthful, trustworthy and merciful give us joy, peace and hope? Because God has also given promises to you.


  • Promises about eternal life. “For God so loved the World that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). 1 John 2:25; Rom. 6:23; John 10:27-28; John 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13
  • Promises about the Second Coming of Christ. “In my Father’s House are many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you. I am 5 going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will Come Back and take you to be with Me” (John 14:2-3). John 14:28; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17; Col. 3:4; Heb. 9:28; Rev. 1:7
  • Promises about Heaven. “I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud Voice from the Throne saying: ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God’” (Rev.21:2-3). 1 Pet. 1:4-5; 2 Pet. 1:10-11; 2 Pet. 3:13; Luke 23:43


  • Knowing who God is and putting our faith in Him gives us
    • Joy in the present and joy for the future
    • Peace in the present and peace for the future
    • Hope in the present and hope for the future
  • God promises – Jesus fulfills – we benefit – God is glorified.
  • God is the promise maker and the promise keeper.




God is truthful, trustworthy and merciful.

Believing in Him will give you joy, peace and hope.


  • Know the truth about God and put your trust in Him. Receive joy, peace and hope.
  • Closing prayer