It is a remarkable statement: we can rejoice in our suffering (Romans 5). This fact has nothing to do with let’s-pretend attitudes or retreating from reality. It is only possible because the God of All Glory has intervened in our daily life, giving us an overabundant, never-ending love. To convey the certainty of this love, Paul focuses on the presence of God the Holy Spirit in us – an undeserved gift from God Himself – making sure to express this certainty in a Trinitarian context. We have received the love of the Father, demonstrated by the Son (Rom. 5:6-11), and sealed in us by the Spirit. Often, the LORD inspired the biblical writers with this Trinitarian formula to show His people that all of Him is involved in His work of redemption.
Then, we can rejoice in our suffering (we can “keep our head above the water”) because the Triune God has intervened, allowing us to consider all of life and glory and to have the proper emphasis on His Person and Work.
For Your Consideration.
- How is this joy neither detached nor sick? Explain your answer.
- Provide some examples of God’s pouring out His love into your heart.
- What difference does it make that this love is expressed in the context of the Holy Trinity?
- What difference does it make that the seal, the evidence, the certificate of authenticity of this love is no other than God the Holy Spirit?
- Without the need to hide from life, we experience the freedom to consider all life and glory; what will you do with this freedom?
Why is it important to know that the Holy Trinity is involved in His work of redemption?