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Saturday, February 02, 2013

To God only Wise: Meditation and Prayer on Romans 16:25-27


Meditation and Prayer:  Romans 16:25-27

Our Father in Heaven, this morning we would magnify You in our hearts and minds, and also by the words
of our mouth.  We join together in your praises for You are worthy of all the praises of men.

We have no strength of our own, but we stand only in the Gospel, which was preached by Your Only
Begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth, and confirmed by those who heard Him.  We thank You that You have
revealed the mystery that was hidden from the beginning of the world but revealed through the preaching of
the apostles and the scriptures of the holy prophets.

This only is the foundation of our faith: that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the One promised from the creation
of the world, promised to fulfill His divine office of the prophet, priest, and king of our redemption.

His words reveal You, O Father, for He is Your precious Son, Light of Light, Truth of Truth, and Life of
Life, begotten of You before the world was, sent by You to teach us the right and good way, the way of
faith.

He is our Priest, offering up Himself in the body of His flesh as a sacrifice for sins to satisfy Your holy law
and a demonstration of Your love and grace.

He is our King, who rules over us in righteousness and defeats all our enemies, the world, the flesh, and the
devil.

He is God and man, we confess, O Father, One with You in Godhead, but also one with us in humanity as a
son of Adam and the Son of David to reign over Your people in righteousness and truth forever and ever.

We rejoice that we have been given the glorious privilege of being Your heralds, to spread this gospel to the
world.  We can proclaim forgiveness of sins and proclaim liberty to the lost and dying, for You have
commanded that this Gospel be preached to the entire world until the end of the world, for the mystery
hidden from the beginning of the world is that salvation through faith is freely offered to all people.

You are the only wise God, for this glorious gospel was not the invention of men, nor had it entered into the
heart of any man, but God revealed it through Jesus Christ and the prophets of both the Old and New
Testaments.

We magnify Your holy Name, O Lord God Almighty, for Your ways are righteousness and truth, judgment
and mercy, forever and ever, through the blood of Christ.

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25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

26  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the
everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

27  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.  --Romans 16:25-27
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