Romans 5:5, “Now, hope does not disappoint, for the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
From verse two, I argued that the hope Paul was talking about was not wishy-washy. He was not intending to use the word hope to convey a mild expectation, but rather a confident assurance. Here, that point is made even more clear when Paul says that “hope does not disappoint.” How does Paul know this? Because we have the testimony of the “Holy Spirit, who has been given to us“. The Holy Spirit testifies of our place in Christ, which Paul also references in Ephesians 1:13-14, “you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
Paul reminds us of another work of the Holy Spirit in this verse. He says that through the Holy Spirit, “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts.” The verb for poured out here is often can be used metaphorically to describe something being “distributed largely.” It’s interesting to look at its other uses in the NT, where it can be used to described Christ’s blood being poured out (e.g. Matt. 26:28) or God’s wrath (e.g. Rev. 16:1). Here, though, it is used in the context of God’s love. God’s love was poured out upon our conversion experience and it continues to exist, daily, in the life of the believer!