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God's Indescribable Wisdom

Chris Thomas
St. John's MTC, NY
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen

Paul throughout the book of Romans is continually reminding us that it is God who is the author of everything in this world and it is God that is the author of everything in our lives. 

Several years back a professor of Industrial arts visited his friend with a pickup truck that had a broken bumper that was hitting the tail pipe. His friend had just bought an electric welder and offered to weld it for him. This was the first time using it and he tried his best but he was unable to fix it and asked the professor if he wanted to try welding it. It was only with embarrassment that he realized that the professor knew how to weld and he had taught welding to so many students as well.

It is easy for us to think we are better than we really are. The Jews, God’s chosen people to whom he had given the law with a promise of being a great nation thought they were better than the Gentiles. The Gentiles who then came to faith began to look down on the Jews who had rejected Jesus Christ. Paul’s words in Romans 11 are intended to bring the Gentiles back down to reality. Paul’s purpose is to teach them the truth, which should turn them from conceit to humility and from humility to heart-felt worship acknowledging God’s wisdom.

In verse 25 “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited” Paul here is not saying that this is a mystery to him; he is saying that he doesn’t want them to be ignorant of this thing that is a mystery to them. God has told Paul what is going to happen, he is getting divine revelation direct from God. Paul shows how the Jews and the Gentiles benefit each other whenever God shows mercy to one group and the other shares it. Nevertheless Israel’s future blessings are certain and secure, because God’s promises are not thwarted by man’s disobedience. God’s purpose of bringing the good news of the gospel to the Gentiles, so that men from every nation might be saved, has been accomplished through Israel’s unbelief. 

Through this passage Paul has been showing us the complete work of God in our lives. God being in control of everything so as to insure that we are brought to humility and to heart-felt worship. We need to remove from our thoughts that would limit God. God’s complete and perfect knowledge should humble us, it should comfort us, and it should encourage us.


Father, we completely surrender and humble ourselves at your feet. We worship you and acknowledge your indescribable wisdom. Amen

You can’t analyze God. He is too awesome, too big, too mysterious. – C.S. Lewis


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