The Cross Produces Hope

by John Calvin

Paul makes much the same point, when he writes that from tribulation comes patience, and from patience, test of character (Romans 5:3-4). Believers experience the truth of the Lord’s promise of help in time of trial, when they endure patiently, upheld by his hand – something they could never do in their own strength. Patience thus provides the saints with proof that God supplies his promised help whenever it is needed. By this means, too, they are encouraged to hope, because it would be gross ingratitude to doubt God’s faithfulness in the future, when in the past they have found him firm and immutable.  Continue reading