25 Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[a] faith – 27 to the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
And so we come to the end of Paul’s letter to the Romans. The book that for me has always been such a wondrous distillation of the Good news. One can never tire of Romans and one ought to return to it regularly.
Paul finishes with the doxology (a hymn of praise to God) bringing to a conclusion his writing. And what does he remind his readers of?
Well, as we conclude we must remember the following.
It is the preaching of Jesus Christ.
It is the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began, and by the scriptures of the prophets made known.
It is a mystery kept secret since the world began. It was wrapped up in silence from eternity; it is no new and upstart notion, no late invention, but took rise from the days of eternity and the purposes of God’s everlasting love.
It is now made manifest. The veil is rent, the shadows of the evening are done away, and life and immortality are brought to light by the gospel, and the Sun of righteousness has risen upon the world.
It is manifested according to the commandment of the everlasting God—the purpose, counsel, and decree of God from eternity, and the commission and appointment given first to Christ and then to the apostles, in the fulness of time.
It is made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. The extent of this revelation he often takes notice of; that whereas hitherto in Judah only God was known, now Christ is salvation to the ends of the earth, to all nations.
It is in and through Christ that God is manifested to the world as the only wise God; for he is the wisdom of God, and the power of God. Or rather, as we read it, glory through Jesus Christ. All the glory that passes from fallen man to God, so as to be accepted of him, must go through the hands of the Lord Jesus, in whom alone it is that our persons and performances are, or can be, pleasing to God. Of his righteousness therefore we must make mention, even of his only, who, as he is the Mediator of all our prayers, so he is, and I believe will be to eternity, the Mediator of all our praises. (Matthew Henry)
Astounding and as Mathew Henry puts it, quite simply…’a great mystery of godliness!’