Paul’s final verses to the Roman church ring with praise. For God not only used him to help spread the gospel, but also share His plan for the Gentiles: God’s inclusion of them/us into His church.
Paul weaved major themes from Romans into these last three verses:
- God alone establishes and strengthens the believer.
- God alone has given direct revelation of the gospel through Jesus Christ through His life, death, and resurrection.
- God has purposed His plan of salvation to everyone who chooses to receive it.
We should never write someone off as impossible for God to save. Paul was a prime example. From a zealous Christian persecutor to a zealous gospel preacher, God moved mightily in his life: saving, transforming, and strengthening his faith.
We too can trust God to work powerfully in our lives. He’s not limited by our backgrounds, weaknesses, and/or failures.
God used Paul to reach the ends of his world through the cosmopolitan power house of Rome. We would do well to heed God’s inspired words from Paul in Romans as we also take the gospel to the ends of our world through words, prayer, technology, and missionary support.
Have you received God’s gift of salvation?
How has God strengthened your faith?
I love the following scripture/song. It’s a great reminder that God is not only able to work for the good in our circumstances, but also work for the good in our hearts’ invisible arena.