We come today to the end of Romans. Congratulations for making it so far! In these few verses, Paul reminds his readers of his argument throughout the book. Notice how he mentions his gospel, which has to do with what he proclaims about Jesus, which is the revelation of a mystery that was hidden in ages past and foretold by the prophets that the Gentiles might come to obedience through faith. That’s a mouthful, but putting it that way helps us see that even in these last thoughts, Paul is intent on reinforcing his message.

For a minute, though, let’s set all of that aside to see how Paul’s final message flows. Without all of the qualifiers, Paul is saying this:

Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel – to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. – Romans 16:25, 27

In essence Paul is pronouncing a doxology ascribing glory to God through Christ. As he does, he reminds the Romans that this same God he is praising is able to establish them. The end of the letter, then is about glory for God and security and confidence for God’s people. That’s not a bad way for a letter to end.

As you now come to the end of Romans, may God receive glory in Christ, and may he establish you firmly in truth and hope. Amen.