All for God

Have you ever been in debt to someone? Let’s say that a certain man helped finance your college tuition fee, helped you get a job, bailed you out of credit card debt and so on. If yes, have you ever felt so grateful that you were compelled to give back to that person? If you say yes, then at least we are on the same page with what Apostle Paul says in Romans 11:33-36. Paul glorified God after he muttered how majestic is God’s infinite wisdom. The main conclusion is on the v.36 where Paul highlighted the supremacy of Christ in all things. Let’s see the preceding verse first to help us understand why Paul wrote such an amazing conclusion at the end.

Romans 11:33-36 (ESV)

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

“Oh” in itself denotes an unique meaning. It is interesting to observe that Paul, an ardent teacher of gospel, suddenly expressed poetic statements like these to confer how glorious is the knowledge of God. Our knowledge about God’s knowledge entices our heart to burst in amusement because God is so great in His works. God knows what He is doing. We are not. There is an immeasurable gap between our knowledge and His. He knows in full, we know in part. This can be seen in God’s decision to save us.  God whom is full in all of His glory, decides to leave us in the world that is full of things that are against God’s very own nature  (John 3:16).

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”

Since the world began, no one has ever given any advice to God. Neither does God need any input from His creation. God completely acts on His own infinite wisdom. He does not face difficult situations in which He needs anyone outside Him to give solution.

35 “Or who has given a gift to him
    that he might be repaid?”

He does not obliged to give back on whatever we give to God. Whether we do charitable works, spread the gospel, or simply sing praise to God, God does not and would never in debt to give us something in return. As all things are from God.

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Actually, this last verse is even a conclusion of Romans 1-11, where Paul tried to convince both the Jews and non-Jews at that time to see that it is all God’s work to give salvation to His people. All His plans and promise would always materialize. This reflection should give us a secure comfort in relation to our salvation. We should realize that had God not chosen us, we would have been trapped in darkness. Therefore, we can be rest assured that our salvation would never be lost, because it is not up to us. We are in ‘debt’ to God, in which we cannot give back to Him, as He is so great. This should drive us to see how wonderful God is and entices us to adore and worship Him more. It is all given from God as the source of salvation, and He also would sustain us during present life to live the power of salvation to sanctify us. All for His glory.

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