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Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by KenH, Oct 10, 2023.

  1. KenH

    KenH Well-Known Member

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    "And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who is given unto us." Romans 5:5

    How the Scriptures speak of "a good hope through grace;" and call it "an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil." What a blessed grace must that be which thus enters into the very presence of Christ! How, also, the word of God speaks of it as the twin sister with faith and love (1 Corinthians 13:13); and declares that it "makes not ashamed," because it springs out of the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit!

    Now we learn what "a good hope through grace" is, by being tossed up and down on the waves of despondency, and almost at times sinking into despair. Evidences so darkened, the heart so shut up, the mind so bewildered, sin so present, the Lord so absent, a nature so carnal, sensual, idolatrous, and adulterous--no wonder that amid so many evils felt or feared, the soul should at times sink into despondency.

    But at such seasons the blessedness of "a good hope through grace" is found; and when this anchor is cast into and enters within the veil, taking hold of the blood and righteousness of the great High Priest, how strongly and securely it holds the ship, so that it shall not be utterly overwhelmed in the billows of despair!

    - J.C. Philpot, Through Baca's Vale, October 10
     
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