Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Romans 11 : 36

Paul concludes his little essay in Romans chapters 9 - 11 on the history, condition and future of Israel with
"Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be glory forever."
[ Romans 11 : 33 - 36   ESV]
Some translations have "for him are all things" rather than "to him are all things."
That sentence
"For from him and through him and to (or for) him are all things."
has become my mantra in recent years.

The Message translation says it this way.
"Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him."
That truth has now permeated my whole being.
Everything I see, hear, read and think about is filtered through this speck of gospel gold.
It helps me keep God's overall purpose and plan in perspective so that I can more easily see isolated events and circumstances as consistent parts of God's big picture.

"To him be glory forever."


  1. intersting

    We watched a movie last night - "Facing the Giants" - central theme being if you seek to gloriry God in everything you do in this life incredible miracles will happen.

    "Everything comes from him;
    Everything happens through him;
    Everything ends up in him."

    The above 'gold' ties in well with this as the inference can be that fully patnering with God is the ony way we can bear good fruit in this life.



  2. Spot on Glenn.
    In fact, without knowing God, you don't even have life at all, let alone bear good fruit.
    (John 17 : 3 translated correctly)
    Thanks for sharing.


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