to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
November 18, 2019 – Monday
Romans 16:25-27 NIV
25 Now to Him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past,
26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith—
27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Here we come to the wonderful conclusion of the book of Romans where Paul declares the gospel of Jesus Christ is the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past. This brings to mind the old saying that “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” Or as Peter Pett says in his commentary The Old Testament Scriptures gave many indications of it, but these indications were expressed in veiled terms the meaning of which only became apparent when their fulfilment was revealed. But now in the Gospel those indications have been turned into clear revelation. The truth that they expressed has now been clearly revealed.
Thus this is why the prophetic writing are now treated as witnesses about and accounting of the mystery hidden for long ages past. The result being that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith. This is why they were and are being made known or revealed to all the nations so that all – including Gentiles – might respond in faith resulting in obedience.
Consider Paul’s final statement after the above, to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. Paul properly finishes by praising the only wise God as he notes the glory for God through the wonder of His way of salvation offered only through His Son Jesus Christ.
David Guzik adds Paul reflects on the wisdom of God’s plan in the gospel and the fact that such wisdom is beyond man. God had a plan no man would come up with, but the wisdom and glory of the plan is evident. And he is correct for who could imagine God sending His son through a young virgin to become the salvation of mankind. Yet that is exactly what He did and opened His salvation to all of mankind so Gentiles could be called to obedience through their faith.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)