Rom. 11:36 ¶ For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
The book of Romans is a theological masterpiece. For the first eleven chapters Paul unveils the great foundational doctrines of our Christian faith. He covers the power of the gospel, the unveiling of God in creation, man’s failure to follow the law of God, the fall and sinfulness of man, the wages of sin, justification by faith alone, redemption, propitiation, sanctification, election, predestination, the power of the Spirit, and God’s ability to work out everything for the good for His sons and daughters. By the time Paul gets to chapter eleven he is totally undone. Gazing into God’s eternal plan of redemption had totally overwhelmed the apostle. Here are some thoughts from Adam Clarke on today’s amazing verse.
“The apostle considers the designs of God inscrutable, and his mode of governing the world incomprehensible. His designs, schemes, and ends are all infinite, and consequently unfathomable. It is impossible to account for the dispensations either of his justice or mercy. He does things under both these characters which far surpass the comprehension of men. But though his dispensations are a great deep, yet they are never self-contradictory: though they far surpass our reason, yet they never contradict reason; nor are they ever opposite to those ideas which God has implanted in man, of goodness, justice, mercy, and truth. But it is worthy of remark, that we can more easily account for the dispensations of his justice than we can for the dispensations of his mercy. We can every where see ten thousand reasons why he should display his justice; but scarcely can we find one reason why he should display his mercy. And yet, these displays of mercy for which we can scarcely find a reason, are infinitely greater and more numerous than his displays of justice, for which the reasons are, in a vast variety of cases, as obvious as they are multiplied.”
The mercy of God is unthinkable. All of us have sinned and sinned again against our God. What has been His response? Mercy. Now don’t think mercy is just overlooking sin; never. All sin has to be judged by a holy God. Here is where justice meets mercy. Christ became a man to accept the judgement of God on our sins. That is God’s plan. Mercy is not cheap, no it cost God His only Son. Justice has been fulfilled at the cross, mercy is extended to whosoever will. Unthinkable.