His Glorious Mystery

Romans 16:25-27 NLT

In a second postscript to his letter to the Romans, * Paul declares that God’s message is for the Gentiles. This mystery had been hidden for ages. God must receive the praise and glory for making salvation available to all who believe.

Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time. But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him. All glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen (Romans 16:25-27 NLT).

God’s Plan

If this doxology sounds familiar to several already studied, it is, or should be. The remarkable point remains that God’s plan was to bring in the Gentiles all along. The mystery of Jesus Christ, is the message brought by all disciples to ALL who would receive it.

Obey

Paul clarifies that believers are not only to receive Jesus as Lord but submit to him and obey his instructions. That’s a requirement we too often miss when we receive the salvation message.

However, God’s demand for obedience is “front and center” as we read and digest the Ten Commandments given to Moses. Then when we read and ponder Jesus’ teachings on obedience, we see he lived it!

Paul concludes his letter to the Romans with confident wording about the only God being the only true wise One who will receive glory forever through Jesus the Christ. Alleluia. God must receive the praise and glory for making salvation available to all who believe.

Prayer: Father, I praise you for sending Jesus the Christ, the Messiah to all who would believe. To you be honor and glory forever.

* Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, Finis Jennings Dake, Dake Bible Sales Inc., Lawrenceville, GA,1991, p.174.

He Works Within Us – A Series on Doxologies

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In Your Bible: Ephesians 3:20,21

Paul reveals an amazing truth after one of his prayers for the Ephesians. The God of all power chooses to work with, through and in believers. We may not even notice it when this happens! God works within the believer to save mankind, to build his Kingdom—all for his glory.

Gently Within Us

In this doxology, we praise him because he chooses to work through us in a gentle manner, guiding believers to accomplish his plans. God combines his Spirit with the believers’ spirit to create wonder-working power. Selah.

Ponder Eugene Peterson’s words in the Message: God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us (Ephesians 3:20 MSG).

Glory to God

At the conclusion of this doxology, come beautiful succinct words: May he [God] be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:21 The Living Bible). Again, much to ponder here! Selah.

What an amazing God we serve. This doxology has a wonderful truism. God works within the believer to save mankind, to build his Kingdom—all for his glory.

Prayer: Father, thank you for gently working in me. My praise for you is continually on my lips.

* Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, Enjoying His Peace and Presence, October 4, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2004.