but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God, to advance the obedience of faith among all nations-Romans 16:26(HCSB)
God gave an unfolding revelation of Himself to man through His prophetic Scriptures and much of that revelation, though concealed in the Old Testament, was penned to the Church in the New Testament by Paul. And Romans is a book that systematically and logically takes us into a fuller understanding of God's plans and purposes for salvation, for redemption, sanctification, glorification, and all that accompanies the riches of God's grace towards us, who were once dead in trespasses and sins, but have now been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
The revelation of the mystery hidden from long ages past, which was made known through the prophetic writings, but which has now been revealed, is Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, the Redeemer of mankind, the hope of glory.
It was eternal God Who is from everlasting to everlasting, Who commanded and caused this wonderful revelation of Himself to be gifted to man, through the Holy Scriptures, and He did it for a purpose: "To advance the obedience of faith among all nations."
It was always God's plan to redeem mankind and to unite believing Jews and Gentiles into one Body, the Church. And Paul was the chosen vessel to unfold the mystery of God's will to all who would believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour. There is no excuse for unbelief, for now, as the prophets foretold through the command of the eternal God, His message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ is made known to all nations everywhere so that they too might believe and be saved.
The wisdom of God is truly incomprehensible to the human mind. But even though we now see through a glass darkly, we have the blessed hope that we will one day see Him face to face, when the mystery of the ages shall be fully known. But for now, having had the mystery revealed to us in the beautiful face of Christ, let us say with Paul: "To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen."
Dear Heavenly Father, how I thank and praise You for the glorious revelation of Your amazing salvation, by grace through faith. Open my heart to know You more. May I love You more each day, and walk in the path of righteousness, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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