The gospel for God's glory

April 10, 2016 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Romans: The Gospel for God's Glory

Scripture: Romans 16:25–16:27

Romans: The Gospel for God’s glory
Romans 16:25-27
The gospel for God’s glory
God is able to strengthen you by the gospel for the obedience of faith for his glory


Romans 16:25–27 (ESV) — 25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.


1) Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages, 16:25.
What is the relationship between the gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ? Why does Paul close his letter with extolling God as him who is able to strengthen you? How does God strengthen us through the gospel? What do we need gospel strength for? For what in your life do you need gospel-produced strength?
The gospel is according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages. We will see what this means in v.26.

2) but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—, 16:26.
How has the mystery of the gospel that was kept secret been disclosed? How can the gospel be a mystery that was kept secret in the Old Testament at the same time be made known through the “prophetic writings” (the Old Testament)?
What does Paul mean when he says that the mystery has been made known to all nations according to the command of the eternal God?
What is God’s purpose for making the gospel known to the nations? Based upon the overall teaching in Romans (especially chapters 6 & 8), why does Paul say that God made known the gospel to bring about the obedience of faith, rather than just saving faith?

3) to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen, 16:27.
Why does Paul exalt God’s wisdom in his concluding doxology? What is God’s glory? In the context of this passage, for what will God be receiving glory for all eternity? How do we glorify God now? How does what you focus your mind, eyes, and heart on affect your delight and satisfaction in the glory of God? Why is it so important that we hold fast to the gospel for God’s glory in our increasingly post-Christian culture?

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