Glorious Mystery

Class was hard today. Hard for me to teach…and I’m sure, hard for students to listen. We studied the doctrine of Salvation…discussing election, predestination, foreknowledge…among other things. Scary stuff.

Regardless of where you land on the theological spectrum of such topics, I prefer to think on such things as, well, actually…glorious.

Our God is wondrous…amazing…mysterious. He purposed something so breathtaking…that even myriads of angels…pause from their exaltation and adoration of the Holy One, to take a look (1 Peter 1:12).

We dove into the deep end by looking at Romans 9-11. I encouraged them to think about four “much more” applications from these chapters:

  1. God’s grace is “much more” amazing than we think.
  2. Sharing the gospel is “much more” urgent than we know.
  3. A posture of humility is “much more” vital than hearts allow.
  4. Bending a knee in worship is “much more” glorious than we imagine.

After plowing through these chapters, Paul breaks out in doxology in Romans 11:33-36…because he can’t help it:

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

Paul couldn’t contain himself pondering such mystery! My class couldn’t either…we worshiped for thirty minutes after the discussion…


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