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.

Peter’s Profound Praise

In Your Bible: 2 Peter 3:18

Peter (as did Jude) reminds believers in the church not to accept false teaching. Then he encourages believers to remain steadfast in the true teaching from the disciples. This letter ends with praise to our almighty God.

Mature in Christ

Peter tells believers, . . . grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (2 Peter 3:18 AMP).

Profound Doxology

An ancient manuscript originally in Aramaic from the Syriac Bible * greatly amplifies our key verse (2 Peter 3:18)—Peter’s doxology:

. . . to him [be] glory, both now, and forever; or “to the day of eternity”; that is, to Christ, who is truly God, or otherwise such a doxology would not belong to him, be ascribed the glory of deity, of all divine perfections; the glory of all his offices and work as Mediator; the glory of man’s salvation; and the glory of all that grace, and the growth of it, together with the knowledge of himself, which saints have from him; and that both in this world, and that which is to come. Amen; so be it

Sometimes we look for profound words to worship our Lord, its’ best to just let it flow. This letter Peter writes, rightfully ends with praise to our almighty God.

Prayer: Father, you are full of wonder, amazing deeds, and overflowing in benevolent grace to me. I praise you. Alleluiah.

* http://www.bl.uk › Online Gallery > › Sacred texts > › Syriac Bible >

* Also John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, 2 Peter 3:17-18, online, Christianity.com

New Topic – Doxology

Today we begin a study on insights from several doxologies in the Bible. Before the 17th Century, a doxology was often spoken out loud before a congregation by a pastor and then repeated by the congregation line for line. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God. *

Protestant Doxologies

In Protestant traditions, The Doxology or The Common Doxology, is normally sung as a hymn. The following doxology, written by Thomas Ken in 1674 ** is still sung in churches today.

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Catholic Doxologies

In Catholicism, doxology is a liturgical formula (or hymn) to give glory to God.

  • The Gloria in Excelsis (an expansion of Luke 2:14) is sometimes called the Greater Doxology.
  • The Gloria Patri (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, world without end, Amen). It is often called the Lesser Doxology.

Wonderfully, three types of prayer are used, vocal, meditative and contemplative. Here, the focus reflects on Jesus’ life as the words of the church’s basic prayers are repeated.

My focus will be on Scriptures. We’ll find several doxologies in the Old and New Testaments. Simply put, a doxology is a hymn or song of praise to God.

Prayer: Father, every living creature on earth yearns to praise you. With heartfelt thanks, I too praise you.

* Webster’s’ New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Michael Agnes and David B. Guralnik, 2001, IGD Books Worldwide, Inc., p 431.

** Thomas Ken, britanica.com,17th-century Anglican bishop and hymn writer.

Affirmation

Your commitment to Christ’s message is known throughout the world. I’m happy for you, but I want you to use wisdom in discerning what is right, keeping innocent people from being misled. (Romans 16:19 by Frank ball)

Romans 16 by Frank Ball
Romans 16 NIV
Romans 16 In Your Bible

Paul closes his letter to the Romans with sincere appreciation to Phoebe – an outstanding servant of the church. He even mentions the first person to receive Jesus Christ in Asia.

Servant Leadership

Paul specifically commends key church leaders who aptly show servant leadership. In addition to Phoebe, he describes trusted colleagues of the same spirit (seventeen men and seven women). Yes, today every church needs both strong spiritual leaders and fellowship in the spirit.

Doxology

Paul encourages believers to stay the course with his teaching and discipleship. Then he concludes with this:

Now to him who is able to establish you in my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him – to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen (Romans 16:27-27 NIV).

Prayer: Father, show me how I can best grow in Christ, lead others to Christ, lead a fellowship, and build the body of Christ.

Questions: What does Paul’s example of building Christian leaders show you? How are you serving Jesus within the body of believers? Have you seen other doxologies similar to this one in the Bible? (Check my favorite Jude 24,25.)