We conclude our study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans with a doxology of praise to God in Romans 16:25-27. In this doxology we see:
- The Gospel which establishes us in The Faith
- The Mystery which establishes in The Faith and
- God who establishes us in The Faith
In this doxology is the answer to how we can be established or settled in The Faith and avoid being misled by false teachers.
THE GOSPEL WHICH ESTABLISHES
Paul repeatedly refers to the Gospel as HIS Gospel. Romans 16:25, 2:16,
II Timothy 2:8. I Thessalonians 1:5 It was Paul’s Gospel in that after his conversion on the Road to Damascus, God had personally taught it to him in his three years sojourn with God in the Arabian desert which he referred to in Galatians 1:15-18
That Gospel is the Gospel which Paul explains in detail in this Epistle to the Romans which we are concluding after 46 messages in this study. In this study we have explored Justification and Sanctification and Assurance of salvation. If you are still confused or uncertain, I encourage you to go over this series carefully and prayerfully.
Don’t be confused concerning the Gospel. Don’t base your understanding of the Gospel on the Old Testament. The Old Testament is filled with important spiritual truth for Christians and I have preached through many parts of it for years. Though it foreshadows and illustrates the Gospel repeatedly and throughout the Old Testament, it does not spell out and explain the Gospel in detail.
Don’t base your understanding of the Gospel on the Book of Acts. It also is filled with spiritual truth for Christians, but it does not give a detailed, organized explanation of the Gospel.
Don’t base your understanding of the Gospel by reading the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four Gospels are filled with four accounts of important Gospel truth concerning the life, death and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus. These truths are foundational and essential for the seeker of salvation, as well as for the Christian follower of Christ. We must have a knowledge and an understanding of the four Gospels, especially the Gospel of John before we are ready to study Paul’s Epistle to the Romans.
But it’s not until we read and study Paul’s Epistle to the Romans that we are given a complete understanding of the doctrine of salvation; including the doctrine of sins’s curse on the entire human race; (including you and me), the doctrine of Justification, the doctrine of Sanctification and the doctrine of Glorification.
It’s only as we have an understanding of the doctrine of Salvation as found in Paul’s Epistles; primarily his Epistle to the Romans, that we experience assurance and begn the process of spiritaul maturity. If you base it on anything but Paul’s Epistles, you will go away confused. This is the Gospel that establishes us in the Faith, Paul declares in Romans 16:25.
THE MYSTERY WHICH ESTABLISHES
Romans 16:25 also refers to the Gospel as the mystery which was not clearly unfolded in the Old Testament, nor even in the Gospels. The privilege to unfold it and explain it was given to Paul in his Epistle to the Romans and in his other Epistles
For example in Ephesians 5:22-32 Paul compares our salvation to a spiritual marriage with Christ. Jesus in the upper room the evening before His crucifixion hinted to it in John 15:1-11 and 17:23, but Paul unfolded it. Ephesians 1:11-23, Galatians 1:11-24, Colossians 1:25-29.
GOD WHO ESTABLISHES
Romans 16:27 concludes this Epistle with the truth that it is God Himself who establishes us in the Gospel. He alone is all wise, we see in Colossians 2:3-4
He alone is glorified in His creation. Psalm 19:1-6
He alone is glorified in Jesus. John 17:4
He alone is glorified in His Church, the product of His salvation.
Ephesians 1:12 and 3:20-21
My prayer is that you be saved through faith in Christ and glorify Him with your life. With that, we have concluded our study of Romans. May God be glorified.