Monday, April 21, 2014

Romans 16:21-27

“Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: to god only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. “ Paul says here in the closing comments, “glory to God through Jesus Christ.” How? Verse 26 gives us a hint: through the “obedience of faith.” If you truly believe, it will evidence itself in your obedience to His calling. In obeying God through faith, we then will be giving Him glory…through Jesus Christ. But how through Jesus? At the point of faith, Galatians 2 and Ephesians 2 say that we are “in Christ.” Old things are passed away, behold all things become new. The Spirit now dwelling in you produces fruit through your life. You are called to strive and press toward the mark, but that is only going to happen if you do it with the power of the Spirit in you. You are able to operate in the power of Christ and serve the Father, having victory finally over sin, as He defeated it. Now that you live in Him, you can give glory to God with your lifestyle. Your obedience to God through your faith in Christ will ultimately end in giving glory to God. This is the “obedience of faith that glorifies God.”

Food for Thought: Read Romans 16:21-27. If you truly believe in Christ, what will be the evidence in your life? What term does paul use here?