Today we talked about Romans 11:33-36. Remember, this is one of the three “songs” or doxologies that mark Paul’s transition within Romans 3-8. In these sections, Paul exemplifies how theology is not truly received until it leads you to praise God.
In our “Questions for Personal Study” section in today’s bulletin, the questions dealt with wisdom, knowledge and glory. Here is some extra help on these questions:
>> Wisdom and knowledge are two different things. Knowledge is located primarily in the head and involves an understanding of something. Wisdom is located primarily in the heart and involves applying knowledge in the most appropriate way. So, how has God put His wisdom and knowledge on display in salvation (Romans 3-8)?
Paul praises God for His wisdom and knowledge in Romans 11:33. This doxology, or song of glory and praise,” is the culmination of Paul’s explanation of the Gospel in Romans 3-8 and His dealings with Israel in the past, present, and future in Romans 9-11. He finds himself drawn up in praise to God because of His amazingly perfect plan because in salvation God has put His knowledge and wisdom on display.
How has God put His wisdom and knowledge on display? First of all, He KNOWS our deepest need is to be justified freely by His grace. We are enemies of God stuck in our sin. So, God displays His knowledge of our deepest spiritual need, but He doesn’t stop there.
Secondly, God displays His WISDOM in perfectly implementing a plan according to His knowledge to accomplish our justification. Secondly, He KNOWS the chaos of this life and our need for security. Therefore, in His WISDOM, He extends us the promises of His Word so that we can live without fear in the face of whatever comes our way, even death.
Lastly, He KNOWS Israel’s past, present, and future and He has WISELY implemented a plan that involves their return to Him in the future in spite of their present rejection.
>> From our study of Romans 11:36, is God an innocent bystander on the stage of history or is He the main character?
He is the main character. All things are from Him, through Him, and to Him. This includes all created things, human beings, and all things beyond our perception (the physical universe and the spiritual realm). They all find life and purpose in Him and will ultimately give an account to Him one day and live eternally for the praise of His glory.
>> How should the truth of the question above impact the way you function each day? Think of it on the different levels of who you are in your emotions, your security, your decision-making, and your relationships (among others).
It means that He is worthy of every thought, emotion, deed, and decision. Every day is an opportunity to live for His glory, every relationship meant to benefit His glorious purpose, and every decision meant to be made to increase His fame.
Consider the following verses:
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, (2 Corinthians 4:17)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)