In coming to the close of his letter Paul sums up Christianity’s call. It is simple and it is clear. It is possible to make it complicated and our history judges us for getting in the way of what has been revealed: Jesus!
“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, 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 fromfaith— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16 v 25-27)
So here it is in a nutshell:
- Jesus the mystery now revealed through the prophetic writings. We now see Christ in the Old Testament.
- Jesus the mystery now revealed through the desire of God that all may be saved. We preach Christ.
- Jesus the mystery now revealed for the whole world. We go to anyone and everyone.
- Jesus the mystery now revealed changes lives. We now walk in obedience by faith.
And that is how the Apostle started his letter:-
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power[b] by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from[c] faith for his name’s sake.” (Romans 1 v 1-5)
That’s what the Apostle Paul carried and that is our clarion call still today.