Eternal God (Rom 16:26)

“Now this secret

Is now disclosed

Through the prophetic writings.

It is made known

To all the gentiles,

According to the command

Of the eternal God,

To bring about

The obedience of faith.”

φανερωθέντος δὲ νῦν διά τε γραφῶν προφητικῶν κατ’ ἐπιταγὴν τοῦ αἰωνίου Θεοῦ εἰς ὑπακοὴν πίστεως εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη γνωρισθέντος,

Paul said that now (δὲ νῦν) this secret has been disclosed or made manifest (φανερωθέντος) through the prophetic writings (διά τε γραφῶν προφητικῶν) and made known (γνωρισθέντος) to all the gentiles (εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη), according to the command (κατ’ ἐπιταγὴν τοῦ) of the eternal God (τοῦ αἰωνίου Θεοῦ), to bring about the obedience of faith (εἰς ὑπακοὴν πίστεως).  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐπιταγὴν, that means a command, instruction, order, or authority.  Paul summarized all the major themes of this letter with this one sentence.  The secret of God’s revelation of his Son was now made known to all the gentiles through the prophetic writings.  This was all done at the command of the eternal God to bring about obedience in the faith.  Do you have an obedient faith?

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