Romans 16:25-27 (New International Version)
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 faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
This wonderful ending to Romans proclaims the glory that is due to God, and due to him for two principle reasons – that he has ability to save (v25-26), and that he is incomparably wise (v27).
That he has ability to save is incontrovertible. Paul provides layers of argument.
God, working through the gospel (which Paul “proclaim[s] about Jesus Christ”) is the one who establishes and strengthens believers in their faith. The gospel is already in existence,“hidden for long ages”; it already exists in God’s divine scheme, and it is revealed (through the writings of the prophets) only when God decides to reveal it. Once revealed – now – the mystery is mystery no more, and the good news of Jesus Christ is open, out there, for all, Jew and Gentile alike, garnering obedience through faith. For all this, he should be glorified.
That he is incomparably wise is certain, and for this also he should be glorified. Glorify him that he is unique. Glorify him that he is wise. Glorify him that Jesus Christ is wisdom incarnate. Glorify him forever!
[Originally posted on 11/11/2015 by Helen and Roger Lewis.]