All Things

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to Him be glory forever.  Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

Throughout his inspired writings the Apostle Paul uses the two words “all things” frequently but never lightly.  In his letter to the Romans his theological argument begins in the first chapter and ends with the verse quoted above.  When he uses these two words here he probably means all the things of which he has written in this theological masterpiece of all his writings.

To paraphrase and summarize this verse, he is stating that God is the Source of all things, the Power behind all things, and His Glory is the purpose for all things.  He then begins the application part of his letter by telling us it only makes sense for us to surrender our will to the will of the One Who is the Source of everything, the Power behind everything, and whose glory is the purpose for everything.

To take these propositions one at a time, consider the reality that God is the Source of all things. Is God the Source of the financial downturns we are experiencing today? The great prophet Isaiah wrote: “I am the LORD, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.’ (Isaiah 45: 6-7)

It seems that calamities are like a black velvet backdrop against which God exhibits the diamonds of His Gospel.  If there were no evil how would our God exhibit His goodness, unconditional love and salvation?  In the Hebrew history recorded in the Old Testament God frequently got the attention of His people by turning off the growing processes and creating a famine.  Could He be doing that in your life today?

2 Responses to All Things

  1. PJ says:

    I remember a speaker on death who had lost 3 sons in different, terrible ways acknowledging that God does let bad things through to His people for His purposes. He cited Ex.4:11 when God told Moses, who was whining about his poor speech, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” This is very hard for us to reconcile with a loving Father.
    But how we are helped with this, Dick, by your incredible suffering and the Glory God continues to receive through your triumphant life. Thank you.

  2. John Paine says:

    We are studying Romans in our class this week, and are using your Mini Bible College lessons as an ‘assignment’ (http://ppowwjdo.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/week-6-romans/)
    What incredible teaching! Thank you!

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