The Song of Gospel Praise, Part 2.

Romans 16:25-27 may not be a song, but these are glorious words spoken about God. They encapsulate our focus as we end our study of this book. While we live out the Gospel, our singular goal is to bring glory to God.

"The preaching of Jesus Christ" indicates that the message of the Gospel must be proclaimed and heard. Everything about the Gospel begins and ends with God. He caused the appeal to be made known audibly, and He enables it to be understood by its hearers. "The mystery" is God's impartiality that is now known.

"The commandment of the eternal God" reminds us of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). God is the one who actively sends the Gospel through His people. We bring it personally to our family, friends, and neighbors, and we actively send missionaries to share the Gospel with others. These efforts are the main thing Satan hates and fights. The result of the spread of the Gospel is obedience and faith (verse 27).

As in a football game, the battle is won on the line. Not just the pastors, but every Christian must actively pursue the spread of the Gospel. We are a light in the dark world (Colossians 4:5-6). This brings great glory to God!

Application Points

The Gospel must be lived out, or we do not believe at all. Ask yourself the following questions to see if the Gospel has truly taken root in your heart:

  • Am I seeking to strengthen and establish another believer just as God does for me?
  • Are people hearing the intellectual appeal of the Gospel from my mouth?
  • When is the last time I helped someone understand the Gospel?
  • Do I support the sending of the Gospel through my local church?
  • Am I living Gospel character? Can unbelievers see a difference in what I say, where I go, and what I do? Have I been transformed by grace?

If you can answer "yes" to these questions, then you are glorifying God!

If you know the Gospel without living it, that means you have never understood it. You do not yet own the Gospel until you volitionally place yourself under the Lordship of Christ alone.

Tools for Further Study

Cross References to Explore
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 – Paul's delivery of the Gospel to the Corinthians.
  • Ephesians 4:1-6 – Our unity is maintained through simple focus on Christ.
A Hymn to Encourage: "To God Be the Glory"

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

Quotes to Ponder

"Desire that your life counts for something great. Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don't coast through life without this kind of a passion."