December 11: Romans 14-16
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Romans 16:25-27, ESV
Sometime I am going to do a series of devotions on doxologies; they are some of the most beautiful words recorded in the Bible. Webster's dictionary tells us that a doxology is a liturgical expression of praise to God. You can tell that Paul was still thinking of the last part of his letter to the Romans when he wrote this doxology.
Those of us who are Gentiles (non-Jews) tend to take the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ for granted, but in Paul's day the church was still struggling with Gentiles being allowed in to a religion they believed was only for the Jewish people. In this doxology Paul is praising God for revealing to the world the "mystery" of the Gospel which had formerly been kept secret from the world, and had been only made knows to the Jewish nation.
Take some time and think about that! We do not take time often enough to step back and take a wider view of our world, through the eyes of God. Yet in this doxology, in one sentence, we are taken from the time of the prophets to the time of Paul. God did not need to provide salvation for us; He could have left us in our sin, destroyed the world, and created a new, sinless, world. Yet, in love so great we can not begin to understand it, He chose to send His Son to purchase a people for himself.
In this Christmas season, stop and praise the only wise God, for the revelation of His Son, at His command, to all the world. Perhaps it will help us to view the baby Jesus with much greater depth. The only reason Christ was born was to purchase a people for Himself--a people consisting of Jews and Gentiles.
To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
God Bless You,