That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…
This may be taken either in the sense of the hope which God inspires into the hearts of His people, by the Spirit; or it may be taken for the object of hope. In either case it is scriptural, and might be suitable in this passage; the first includes the second, for when that hope which the Spirit inspires is given to the heart, the "hope laid up for it in heaven" is the object of its anticipation. I therefore take this as being the fullest sense: as the hope to which He calls His people, that is the hope which those who are called by the Lord are privileged to possess and enjoy. God works in the mind, through the medium of its natural feelings. Hope is the great, animating principle of all human conduct. Hope is the expectation of a good to be attained, founded on a belief that we can attain it.
I. THE NATURE OF GOD'S CALLING.
1. It is a calling to peace (Colossians 3:15).
2. Through peace to hope. Called to inherit a blessing, and so to hope for the inheritance (1 Peter 3:9).
3. It is a sure calling. Those who are called by the Spirit of God are never left to perish.
II. WHAT IS THE HOPE FOUNDED UPON THIS?
1. It is a hope that springs from faith. Founded on the belief of the truth — the only sure foundation.
2. A sober hope, drawn from the source of God's truth. The hope of the gospel.
(R. J. McGhee, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: