And so we finish off Romans. I think it’s been one of the more fun books that I have blogged through. And as we do, we finish up where we started. With a reminder that salvation is ultimately the work of God. Paul writes,
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to 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. (25-26)
Here we see the wonder of the gospel. That years before Jesus came, God gave glimpses of what was to come through the prophets. It was something that was unclear for thousands of years, but found its clarity in Jesus Christ. And now this gospel is clear for all to see that,
all nations might believe and obey him (26b)
But it’s not a gospel based on our works. Rather, it’s based on the grace of God. He is the one who establishes us in our faith, and in our salvation. Before time began, he chose us, predestining us to be conformed to the likeness of his Son. Through Jesus, he paid the price for our sin. And through the Spirit, he sanctifies us day by day so that we might become more like Jesus until the day we see him in glory.
That’s the wonder of salvation. Not that we deserved it. Not that we earned it. But that through his grace, God’s love was poured out on us that we might believe and be transformed into his likeness.
So as Paul said,
To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (27)
Indeed, amen and amen.