Years ago, I had a vision as a young Christian, related to this verse:
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who was given to us. Romans 5:5 NKJ
I saw in the spirit, many, many people being healed by God when we operate out of this verse! For God has “shed abroad” (KJ) His love [agape] and so shall we, too, “shed abroad” His love for others! I long for that day! But it includes giving the gospel!
I have been disappointed. I’ve been disappointed when I didn’t get a healing! For all the people who need miracles, even great people of faith, that have not received their healings, has hope disappointed them? One goes to a healing meeting and you psych yourself up to be healed but you walk away disappointed. But you believe in healing! So I wondered about this verse. “Now hope does not disappoint…”
HOPE does NOT disappoint! Our Savior Jesus Christ does NOT disappoint. Another version says that it does not make one ashamed. Are we ashamed of the gospel? No!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
I believe my vision of Romans 5:5, will be in that time of three and a half years when, just like Christ whose earthly ministry was three and a half years, we will be expedited by the Holy Spirit to do the miracles of Christ.
And yes, God has healed me on various occasions for which I am so grateful! He also has caused illness to work for my good! But this is not the purpose of this writing.
The Triune of Three Graces
This definition of “grace” is “a virtue or excellence of divine origin”. Faith, hope and love are divine and are eternal!
Years later, I was also meditating* upon this verse:
Now hope [who is Jesus Christ] does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [who initiated faith in us], who was given to us. Romans 5:5 NKJ
Do you see this? Faith, hope, and love! This triune of three graces are throughout Scripture! And they are eternal!
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
JESUS, OUR HOPE
Scriptures relating Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) & hope:
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
1 Timothy 1:1
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—
And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end,
who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1 Peter 1:21
so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Since we have such a hope, we are very bold,
2 Corinthians 3:12
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
This is my favorite! Our blessed hope! We await the day we will be face to face with our Lord and Savior!
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in You.
* meditating in Christianity means to “chew the cud” or ponder about it… nothing like Eastern meditation! You are actually thinking… NOT going off into a state of mindlessness. See My Testimony or Why I Don’t Practice Yoga Anymore