The Conclusion of All Things

by David and Stephen Olford

Text:     "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things" (Rom. 11:33-36).

Thought: The Apostle Paul now sums up his gospel with a doxology to theology.  Awed by the "mystery" (v. 25) of it all, he climaxes this portion of his letter with a holy act of adoration, followed by a humble act of dedication. As far as he was concerned, this was the conclusion of all things.  Consider, then:

The Holy Act of Adoration: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out" (v. 33). The Apostle bids us reflect upon the incomprehensibility of God's sovereignty. He speaks of the depth of the riches of God, which refers to the inexhaustible fullness as well as to the unfathomable mystery of God's riches, wisdom and knowledge. He shows that God's dealings are beyond all comprehension, and His knowledge of everything is as perfect as it is profound. As human beings, we often try to trace God's ways and pronounce our feeble judgments on the doctrines and deeds of our God, as revealed in Scripture. But when we have done our best we are hopelessly lost "in wonder, love and praise," and we have to admit with Paul, "How unsearchable are his judgments!" (v. 33). No created being in heaven or on earth could ever advise the Almighty as to His purposes or promises for man. In His sovereignty, God has acted in every instance without dependence upon fallible humanity. In the light of these facts we cannot do anything else but bow in holy adoration.

The Humble Act of Dedication.  "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things:  to whom be glory for ever.  Amen" (v. 36). To dedicate ourselves to God intelligently and irrevocably means that we recognize His creative and redemptive claims upon our lives, for He is the personal source, or first cause of all things. All benefits come our way from God, but in His manner of mediation He has made His only Son, even our Lord Jesus Christ, the channel of all blessing. Thus, we can do nothing less than dedicate ourselves to God. Furthermore, God is the consummator of all things and His purpose for Jew and Gentile alike is that they might be conformed to the image of His Son and be reflectors of His glory.

Thrust: "He is worthytherefore present your bodiesunto God" (Rev. 4:11; Rom. 12:11).

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