For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things To Him be the glory forever. Amen.Romans 11:36(NASB)
What an amazing way to sum up the entirety of Who God is - for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. All things are from God, all things are of God, and all things are for God and have their genesis in God. Everything has its source and beginning in Him. He is the well-spring of all that exists, for God is the great Creator of everything. And God spoke all things into existence: "And the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us," and His glory was seen in the Person of Jesus Christ the righteous, to Whom be all glory for ever and ever, amen.
He is the eternal Cause and Origin of all things, for in the beginning... GOD. It was in and through Him that every created thing, whether visible or invisible, was made. John tells us: "All things were made by Him, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life." Of Him and through Him and to Him are ALL things, and God is quietly moving His creation to its ultimate goal, where Christ is all in all and we who are born again, are positioned in Christ, and Christ in God. Praise God for His goodness and grace towards the children of men.
However, we should not be complacent, for the book of Romans has a very serious message, for it exposes man's profane ways, ungodly motives, and sinful nature. It details the apostasy of God's chosen people, Israel, who had to be cut off for the hardness of their heart, and it records how their stumbling led to great blessings for the Gentiles who were grafted into the eternal Root (until the fullness of the Gentiles is reached), in order to provoke Israel to jealousy and repentance.
But it also warns that in like manner, the present privileges and position the Gentiles enjoy in God's redemptive plan during this age of grace, will similarly be cut short, due to gross apostasy in the Church when, by His goodness and grace, God will once again start to carry out His eternal plans and purposes through the nation of Israel.
The Church has not replaced Israel as some erroneously teach, but Israel will one day complete the role for which they was originally created; to preach the gospel of the kingdom to the ends of the earth and to tell of the goodness and grace of their faithful God to Jew and Gentile alike.
Because of Israel's apostasy, the Church was brought into being and "God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us" the men and women of faith listed in Hebrews 11 "would not be made perfect." But in like manner, the multiplied blessings that have been given to the Church will be greatly increased and much more extensive once Israel has been restored to their covenant relationship with their God!
Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord? "For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen."
We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made and God has placed wisdom in our inwards parts and given us understanding in Christ. He has given us all things for life and godliness and has made us alive together with Christ. He has raised us up from the miry clay, positioned us in Him, accepted us in the Beloved, and seated us together with Christ in heavenly places. And God made known to us what are the riches of the glory of the mystery among the Gentiles (which was hidden in ages past), "which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
Heavenly Father, I stand amazed at Who You are and what You have done for me, a sinner, who was dead in my trespasses and sins, but in Christ have been raised up into newness of life in Him. How I praise and glorify You, to You be all glory, honour and might, all majesty, dominion and power. Forever and ever, AMEN.
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