(4) A patient performance of all Christian duties (Romans 2:7; Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 5:9; Revelation 22:14). With our Bible in hand we suffer not as others who have no hope. Hence we learn the vast importance of this hope; it is closely connected with the whole of religion. Lyth, D. D.)The value and use of the BibleJ. (2)By revealing the design of God in our tribulations, and so sustaining the soul in steadfast resolve. How much need we all have of it! They promise victory (1 Corinthians 15. But here is a Book which provides for human nature as a whole, which makes this profession with aa insight and faithfulness that does not belong to the most gifted. Benson. Instruction.2. (5)Our Saviour patient under all the many forms of trial.3. ARE WE BURDENED WITH FEAR OF DEATH? Such as they produce. )The Scriptures the foundation of Christian hope, and patience a means of it: — These words in their connection show us that Christ and the great truths of Christianity are to be found where a superficial observer would not expect to find them. )The BibleJ. It grieves over the slow progress of good, the seeming triumph of evil. But how shall this "patience have its perfect work" in us? Parker, D. D.The best commentary upon the Bible is experience. ARE WE BURDENED WITH FEAR OF DEATH? But here is a Book which provides for human nature as a whole, which makes this profession with aa insight and faithfulness that does not belong to the most gifted. Some instruction, no doubt, is to be gathered from the literature of every people, but on the other hand, there is a great deal in the very finest uninspired literature that cannot be described as permanently or universally instructing; and, therefore, when the apostle says of a great collection of books of various characters and dates, and on various subjects, that whatsoever was contained in them had been set down for the instruction of men of another faith and a later age, we think it an astonishing assertion. (4)Hezekiah spreading his letter before the Lord. The preceding verse, quoted from Psalm 69:9, would appear to be meant only of David; and yet the apostle was taught to consider them as also referring to Christ, of whom David was a type. As to the respects in which patience is necessary, there must be —(1) A patient investigation and study of the Scriptures. (2)Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob patiently waiting as sojourners with God, embracing the covenant promise in a strange land. With our Bible in hand we suffer not as others who have no hope. "These things are written that ye might believe." In all these respects patience must minister to hope, and be a cause of an increase and confirmation of it.3. Many a summer-holiday acquaintance we can well dismiss; but the friend that knows us, that sticketh closer than a brother, that is the same in winter and in summer, that is tenderer in affliction even than in joy, is a friend whose name will stand at the top, and will survive the going away of many whose affection was superficial, and whose relation to us, though ostentatious, was flimsy. This purpose, we may say, is effected by Scripture in two ways. Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. (1)The hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8). A whole martyrology will be found in Hebrews 11.3. )The Bible meets life's deepest necessitiesJ. They all come from my Father, and they all come for my good. For Christians it will be enough to know that our Lord has set the seal of His infallible sanction on the whole of the Old Testament. This disposition will make us attentive, diligent, discriminating, thoughtful, and faithful.(D. There are two basic attitudes toward life--one of hope and one of dread--one of trust, the other of fear--one of optimism, the other of gloom. Spurgeon. (1)We see what God has done for His people, and therefore hope. It comes to us with the power of —1. There must be in them some quality or qualities which warrant this lofty estimate. They must be the medicine and food, the strength and refreshment of our souls.(J. And if we can commit them to memory, so much the better. There the soul that is weighed down by the burden of its sin, the heart that is broken learns how though its sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. (1) The Christian life is a voyage, and hope an anchor (Hebrews 6:19), which we may not seem to want when wind and tide are for us; but when they are against us, it will be necessary to preserve us from losing the way we have made, from getting aground on the sand-banks of this world, from being dashed on the rocks of pride and self-confidence, or swallowed up in the whirlpools of despondency. A book of which all this can be said the world will not willingly let die. (1)By calling us to the holiness which involves trial. "We are under the law to Christ." It is a very good thing to read the Bible through continuously, endeavouring to grasp the teaching as a whole. The Scriptures reveal the great object of this hope, and bring life and immortality to light, which neither the light of nature nor any other religion can do.2. They furnish us with many and very bright examples (Hebrews 11:13, 16, 26).III. Do not be perplexed because there are some things in the Bible which you cannot understand. )LinksRomans 15:4 NIVRomans 15:4 NLTRomans 15:4 ESVRomans 15:4 NASBRomans 15:4 KJVRomans 15:4 Bible AppsRomans 15:4 ParallelRomans 15:4 Biblia ParalelaRomans 15:4 Chinese BibleRomans 15:4 French BibleRomans 15:4 German BibleRomans 15:4 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)By declaring to us promises as to the future which make us cheerfully endure present griefs.II. )The Bible meets life's deepest necessitiesJ. We have, first of all, THE HOPE THAT IS THE CHILD OF THE NIGHT, and born in the dark. These are patience, comfort, and hope. Did ever you find any other book like it in this respect?II. (1) The Christian life is a voyage, and hope an anchor (Hebrews 6:19), which we may not seem to want when wind and tide are for us; but when they are against us, it will be necessary to preserve us from losing the way we have made, from getting aground on the sand-banks of this world, from being dashed on the rocks of pride and self-confidence, or swallowed up in the whirlpools of despondency. This is the text from which old Hugh Latimer was wont to preach continually in his latter days. "Why should a psalm written by David, and referring to David's circumstances more than a thousand years before, be thus used to pourtray the life and character of Jesus?" It teaches us a solemn scorn of ills. Whatever is held by the heart is held longest. But here is a Book which provides for human nature as a whole, which makes this profession with aa insight and faithfulness that does not belong to the most gifted. THE BIBLE COMES TO US with three great powers, each of which is a guarantee of its truth, and should cause us to value it above all other books. The Bible contains the history not only of the past and present, but also of the future. They furnish us with many and very bright examples (Hebrews 11:13, 16, 26).III. (1)They bid us rise above fear (Psalm 46:1-3). It has formed the larger part of the religious note-book of the Christian Church, it has shaped Christian hopes, largely governed Christian legislation, supplied the language for Christian prayer and praise; the noblest and the saintliest souls have fed their souls on it. Impatience turns away in a rage from these and takes refuge in the dreary darkness of unbelief. Prophecies such as Isaiah's of the virginal birth, and of the Man of Sorrows, or of Psalm 22 and 110, can properly be referred to no one else. A whole martyrology will be found in Hebrews 11.3. It gives bright examples, too, of many who "out of weakness were made strong."III. (2)"The blessed hope, and the appearing of "our Lord" (Titus 2:13). Patience is not blind to the many dark problems in the history of the world and in human nature. Only let us come to Him in whom is salvation, and then the last enemy is destroyed. If the psalmists could say all this, what can we say? We have, first of all, THE HOPE THAT IS THE CHILD OF THE NIGHT, and born in the dark. The apostle declares that the Old Testament Scriptures are meant to teach New Testament believers. A lesson book of instruction.2. It is, moreover, a well-grounded and lively expectation of it, arising from our being entitled to it —(1)As justified (Titus 3:7). A solid foundation of hope.(J. Spurgeon. And thus may we say of patience. But patience waits in quiet trust upon God for mysteries to be unfolded. (Canon Liddon. This difficulty Paul meets by laying down a broad principle which includes a great deal else besides. THAT A SECOND OR DEEPER SENSE OF SCRIPTURE CONSTANTLY UNDERLIES THE PRIMARY LITERAL, SUPERFICIAL SENSE.1. Beeby.I. (3)They command us to find our joy in God. It is, moreover, a well-grounded and lively expectation of it, arising from our being entitled to it —(1)As justified (Titus 3:7). Nobody now expects to be instructed by the false Decretals. But this is not true of the Old Testament Scriptures. They discover the foundation on which we must build it — the death and resurrection of Christ. Lyth, D. D.In it —I. Gladness in all its variety, and in full measure, calm repose in every kind, and abundant in its still depth, will pour into my heart as water does into a vessel, on condition of my taking away the barrier and opening my heart through faith. (2) They expiate sin and procure our forgiveness, and so remove the second hindrance — our guilt and condemnation. And this implies that we must read in a humble and teachable spirit; not approaching the Bible with our minds prejudiced, or that we may find some confirmation for our own theories and practices, but saying simply, "Lord, what wouldest Thou have me to do?"3. The friend that will sit up all night when we are in pain and weariness is not a friend we can easily cast off. An appetite for food is an effect of health, and yet a cause of it; an inclination and ability to use exercise and be active is an effect of health, and yet a cause thereof. Unless a book or a man be trustworthy, it is impossible to feel confidence in it or in him, and confidence is the very first condition of receiving instruction to any good purpose. Patience.3. Promises in the sermon on the mount, and lessons from the lilies and the fowls. They furnish the seed and ground, as of faith, so of hope, in their doctrines, precepts, and promises, laying a foundation for faith, the root of hope, and showing us the way in which we may arrive at the object of it.4. )LinksRomans 15:4 NIVRomans 15:4 NLTRomans 15:4 ESVRomans 15:4 NASBRomans 15:4 KJVRomans 15:4 Bible AppsRomans 15:4 ParallelRomans 15:4 Biblia ParalelaRomans 15:4 Chinese BibleRomans 15:4 French BibleRomans 15:4 German BibleRomans 15:4 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)As being, in a measure at least, prepared for it, in proportion to our sanctification and recovery of God's image (Colossians 1:12). Beeby.I. They see the Captain of their salvation made perfect through sufferings.3. Sayings that are handed on byword of mouth become altered; and so doubtless it would have been with God's words had He not caused them to be written, and then to be delivered to appointed guardians, charged to keep them inviolate. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine."6. 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