PAULINE DOXOLOGY - PART 8
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2023
Pauline doxology below is furnished with a meaningful connotation, which connected the revelation of the mystery he preached to the salvation of Gentiles, denoting God's unconditional love and compassion for mankind, all rolled into one grand moment. As long as our doxology is registered in gratitude and wonder, we are doing what is right, good and true - because we seek to acknowledge, praise and honour God, which in turn, brings out the beauty of our Christian lives.
Reference: Romans 16:25-27 New International Version (NIV) "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, 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— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen."
"Now to Him who is able to establish you....to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen." Beloved, indeed, all glory be to the only wise God forever and ever.
There are numerous doxologies in the book of Psalm. For instance:
Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, From everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
Psalm 72:18-19 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.
Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting. And let all the people say, "Amen." Praise the Lord.
In the book of Matthew: Matthew 21:9 The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!"
In the book of Mark: Mark 11:9-10 Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting: "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; Hosanna in the highest!"
In the book of Luke: Luke 19:38 "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest."
In the book of Galatia: Galatians 1:5 "To whom be the glory forevermore. Amen."
In the book of Philippi: Philippians 4:20 "Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen."
In the book of Peter: 2 Peter 3:18 "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."
In the book of Timothy: 1 Timothy 1:17 "Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
In the book of Ephesus: Ephesians 3:20-21 "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."
The Bible also documented well, the benefits of such interactions with God, and how they can have a lasting impact on our cognitive functionality and wellness.
In conclusion, Paul's account of doxology in Romans 16:25-27 is worthy of notice because he acknowledged God as the only wise God. And personally, I'm forever grateful that He made His mystery, Christ, to become our wisdom. To that effect, 1st Corinthians 2:7 reads, "...we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began" (NIV).
Christ is God's wisdom in a mystery; the hidden wisdom that God predestined before the ages to our glory. It's a thing of joy that this wisdom has been revealed to us by the Spirit and we speak that message of wisdom among the mature. Glory to God. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Isaiah 6:3; Luke 2:13-14; Revelation 4:8; Revelation 5:9-14; Revelation 19:1.
Exuberant Declaration: To the only wise God who equips me in every good way, to do His will; who works in me to do that which is pleasing in His sight, through the Lord Jesus Christ, to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen!