Purpose of the Gospel

December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

Paul ends his letter to the Romans with a doxology (Romans 16:25-27):  “To the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ!” (16:27).  As is the case with doxologies, Paul brings glory to God in a way that frames everything that has gone before in the letter (admonitions, prayers, thanksgivings, etc.).  A doxology names the source of all blessings, of the good news of the gospel.  However, Paul’s doxology at the end of this letter includes more than just naming the source of the Gospel.  It also names the purpose of the Gospel.  Anyone who sings this doxology has to “go tell it on the mountain” (to quote the familiar Advent/Christmas song).  Because the purpose of the Gospel is “so that all nations might believe and obey him” (16:26).  The Christmas message is indeed God’s revelation of “the mystery hidden” (16:25).  Those who celebrate Christmas do so as people who have discovered God’s hidden mystery in Jesus Christ.  Now it is our responsibility to proclaim that message wherever we go today!

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