There are many ways to close a letter or email. This may depend on your relationship with the person you are writing to and the expectations you have of that person. Because Paul wrote to individuals and churches, each letter is closed in a different way, expressing his desire that they receive grace and love through his words.
As Paul closes the last of his early letters, his sixth letter, he ends the letter to the Romans in worship, or what is called a doxology (an expression of praise to God). Let’s read these verses.
“Now to Him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen” (Romans 16:25–27).
As Paul concludes his treatise on the gospel, he points to the Author who is “able to strengthen” them through what he has just presented through this letter. The power of God in the gospel and preaching of Jesus Christ was all they needed to ensure their steady growth, strengthening and effectiveness. Can you imagine what those last two years of his life in Rome were like? He “welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance” (Acts 28:30-31). Paul expected them to be made stronger through the “mystery…according to the command of the eternal God.”
If you encourage others through your praise for what God is doing in them, you will point them past yourself to the Author of the gospel, not the messenger.
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