O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.— Romans 11:33-12:2
We continue today with this wonderful, thoughtful doxology. We looked yesterday at how it was OF GOD all things were created, not just nature but thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers as well! We now look at how all things are also THROUGH Him and TO Him. Knowing all things are THROUGH Him will help us to be more thankful for His blessings. Knowing all things are TO Him will help us to better realize the reason and purpose of our existence.
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36
Through Him Are All Things
“And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” – Colossians 1:17
Not only are all things of the Lord, owing their creation to Him, all things are through the Lord. THROUGH HIM all creation exists. THROUGH HIM all life subsists. All the celestial objects of the universe obey the law of gravity. The deepest understanding we have of gravity is summed up in one mathematical equation. Beyond that, scientists do not understand how gravity works and where it began. There’s a simple answer: gravity was created by God and is maintained by God. BY HIM ALL THINGS CONSIST!
Scientists cannot figure out what the key element of life is. They have tried over and over to replicate life only to defer to God’s infinite wisdom. The key element to life is God’s breath of life which cannot be replicated by man. The vast majority of those who have already met death died before they got it scheduled. If you visit the graveyard you will find both long and short graves and tombstones displaying both long and short ages. It is time to realize that our life owes its very existence to God Almighty. Not through science, not through intelligence, not through ability, but THROUGH HIM are all things!
To Him Are All Things
There is no earthly accomplishment we should glory in. In the light of God’s magnificence and glory, our accomplishments are meaningless. Paul glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ in the beginning of the book of Galatians (1:5). In 5:26 Paul tells us to not be desirous of vain glory. In 6:13 Paul talks about the proud religious people’s glory. He then in Galatians 6:14 says these words:
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
TO HIM should all praise and glory be given. To HIM should all life be dedicated. TO HIM should all desires be focused. Remember that this passage of praise in Romans arose from dwelling on the knowledge and wisdom in God’s amazing plan for the world. On a smaller scale God has a plan for each of us individually. I am able to look back on past experiences and clearly see God’s hand at work. I can glorify him from these reflections. I am more thankful now for His protection and grace. He is worthy of the best song our life can sing!
“To whom be glory for ever. Amen.”