Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Romans 16:25-26

Romans 16:25-26 - Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him.

As we look at this passage we see Paul closing out his letter to the Roman church. In doing so he wants to bring focus and attention back to God and give Him all the glory. It is interesting to see how he words it and the message he conveys.
He begins, “Now to Him,” referring to God, “who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ.” Paul is referring to all that he has spoken to them and how God will use his words and the Proclamation of Jesus to establish them in their lives.
God is using the testimony of Paul and the story of Jesus to build a foundation for the Romans to live on. Now Paul continues by explaining the story of Christ; how He was the mystery that had been hidden for ages past, but now has been revealed to us. It was by God’s command that the mystery was revealed because He desires that all nations come to know Him.
God gives this revelation of Christ through the scriptures. He spoke through the prophets and so the mystery was hidden in scripture until Jesus came and brought it to light. Jesus is the fulfillment of all the scriptures and the prophecies.
Now God wants to use scripture and the proclamation of Jesus to establish you. Through the Word of God we find a foundation on which we believe in Him. That foundation is Jesus and all that He did for us. With Christ as our foundation we use the Word to build our lives around Him and obedience comes from the Love the we have from God.

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