Scripture Reading: Romans 16:25-27
“To the only wise God be glory forever more through Jesus Christ! Amen!” (Romans 16:27)
Paul concludes his epistle to the Romans with a doxology. His great motive for all his writings was that God would be worshiped and glorified. He desired for God to get the honor and praise that He was worthy of. Thus in many of his epistles, Paul was insert a doxology.
Paul knew that his strength came from God — “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you” (v. 25). Remember the words God spoke to Paul — “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9). Paul experienced God’s power in his life and thus he wrote — “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13),
Paul also understood the power of the gospel — “Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ” (v. 25). Remember the words that Paul wrote at the beginning of the epistle — “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). The essence of the gospel is found in a Person — Jesus Christ. Paul faithfully preached the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul pointed out the extent of God’s work which now included the salvation of the Gentiles — “according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about obedience of faith” (vs. 25b, 26). The mystery was the inclusion of the Gentiles into the covenant community of God. This was only vaguely known in the past but now it was fully disclosed. Paul was the apostle who devoted most of his ministry to reaching out to the Gentiles.
It is no wonder that Paul ended this epistle with these words — “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen!” Yes, Paul knew first hand of the power and wisdom of God. He experienced God at work in his life and throughout his ministry. His ultimate desire was for God to receive all the glory and praise due Him.
Only Wise God, I rest in Your wisdom and power. I have seen You work in my life so many times. I know that You are the only Wise God, who is omniscient and omnipotent. You are God and You are good and You always know and do what is best for Your children. Thank you for leading me and for strengthening me during times of uncertainty and weakness. I join Paul is saying — “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen!”
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