to him be the glory forever

Read Romans 11:33-36.

This paragraph (Rom. 11:33-36) serves simultaneously as the conclusion of his last main segment of thought (Rom. 9-11), a summation of all that Paul has written before in this letter (Romans 1-11) and an introduction into a major shift in direction that will result in the remainder of what he has to write in this letter (Rom. 12-16).

No one has an inside track with God, whether they grew up with a rich heritage behind them from the Lord (as did the Jewish people) or if they grew up as pagans in relation to him (as did the Gentiles). God is big enough to seek after both and embrace them both. God doesn’t “owe” anyone, anything. No one deserves the great grace God offers, but all need to accept him to receive his grace.

“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” (vs.35)

Israel’s rejection of God’s Christ sent to them is a mysterious, horrific thing. However, God is not through with Israel yet. Bad as things have been between them and God, God still holds out his hands “all day long” to them. Who knows what could come to be with them? Who knows the mind of God in all of these things?

“How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (vs.33b)

And speaking of minds, we must make up our minds to serve him, whether anyone else has or does. He is worthy of the glory that is and to give him glory through our lives, well, this is our whole reason for being.

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (vs.36)

In the name of Jesus I approach you, Heavenly Father, to say: “Worthy art thou!” Amen!

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