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Romans 8:24-25 - Exposition

For by (or, in ) hope we were saved ; not are saved, as in the Authorized Version. The aorist ἐσώθημεν , like ἐλάβετε in Romans 8:15 , points to the time of conversion. The dative ἐλπίδι , which has no preposition before it, seems here, to have a modal rather than medial sense; for faith, not hope, is that whereby we are ever said to be saved. The meaning is that when the state of salvation was entered upon, hope was an essential element in its appropriation. A condition, not of attainment, but of hope, is therefore the normal condition of the regenerate now; and so, after shortly pointing out the very meaning of hope, the apostle enforces his previous conclusion, that they must be content at present to wait with patience. But hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it .

Now comes in a further thought, and a very interesting one.

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