The Expository Files

 Amazing Plan, Awesome God

 Romans 11:33


"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33)

Paulís grand conclusion to this section of the Roman letter demonstrates how man can proceed from "the roll call of the damned" (Robert Turner, Plain Talk, Vol. 4; Num. 10) to the blessed state of righteousness. (Romans 5:1,2) Paul marvels at how God has so worked in the history of men and nations so that he can offer a wonderful gift to Jews and Gentiles.

The apostle has three subjects of admiration Ė the riches, wisdom, and knowledge of God. Paul admires the depth of these three. The word "depth" means incomprehensible. Words cannot express nor can one fully comprehend the riches, wisdom, and knowledge of God!

Riches denote Godís abundant blessings and mercy. The pardon of sin, the gift of Christ, and hope of heaven are vast and wonderful! That God would offer such great gifts to one as wretched as I is unimaginable. Such incites the praise of Paul.

Wisdom acknowledges the method God chose to accomplish his mission. Certainly, man was not wise enough to devise his own plan. Godís plan was to save us by a cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) which seems so weak and foolish! God confounded all the experts! Paul, having traced the ways of God in the history of the world greatly esteems the wisdom of God to fulfill his mission!

Knowledge has foreknowledge in mind. God worked in the history of man (Hebrews 9:26) to bring the Savior into the world at just the right time. By his wisdom the whole world heard the gospel in 30 years (Colossians 1:6,23)! God overcame every obstacle to make his grace available (Titus 2:11-16).

Indeed, how unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! Certainly, we cannot counsel the Lord. We are left to do nothing but to stand in awe and humbly submit to Godís wishes!

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   By George Slover
From Expository Files 21.7; July 2014