Final Words (Romans 16:25-27)
Paul concludes his letter with a praise to God. God is able to give us a firm foundation through the gospel and the preaching of it (II Thessalonians 3:3; I Peter 5:10; Jude 24). Paul calls it “his gospel” because he had the privilege of proclaiming the mystery that was hidden in the past (I Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:9; Colossians 1:26-27). He is not claiming that the gospel originated with him (Romans 2:19; Ephesians 3:3-10).
That mystery is no longer a mystery. It has been revealed by the Scriptures (II Timothy 1:10; I Peter 1:19-21). And that revelation has spread to all nations as God had commanded. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15). It has accomplished God’s purpose of bring about the obedience that comes from faith (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:26). This has always been God’s purpose, which is why there is emphasis on it being the command of the everlasting God. As God unfolded His will, it wasn’t always clear what God intended, but now that we see the result we realize just how wise God is. He alone is truly wise (I Timothy 1:17; Jude 25). And His Son brought glory to Him by showing that wisdom to us (John 13:31; 14:8-13; 17:4-5; Ephesians 3:20-21).
1. What did you learn most from this class?
2. What are the lessons of Romans?