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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 4

THE PROMISE OF PRAISE            Page 5

V.33 ** The loving mercy of God moves Paul to praise Him for what two attributes?

1) Wisdom - [sophia] lit. skill, wisdom
2) Knowledge - [gnosis] lit. a knowing

As Paul tries to describe the indescribable, he is at a loss for words. The best he can come up with is "Oh, the depth of the riches..." It goes off of the scale in human thinking or ability to appraise.

** What reality grips Paul as he realizes how inadequate we are to understand the majesty of God?

God's judgments are unsearchable cf. Job 5:8-9
God's ways are unfathomable cf. Psalm 77:19

We are not able to understand all that God is or what He does, that understanding belongs only to His Spirit. cf. 1Corinthians 2:10-11

V.34 ** Paul continues his line of rhetorical questions to establish how unlike us God is. How is God's mind different than ours?

No one knows it! Unlike us, who are easily figured out, God stands alone in His Omniscience. Therefore, He has no need of someone to counsel Him or to give Him direction.

V.35 ** What other difference does Paul's next question point out, rhetorically?

God has no need for anyone to give Him anything! We on the other hand are totally dependant upon our creator for all things pertaining to life: food, water, air, shelter, etc.

V.36 ** In the closing crescendo of Paul's doxology, the genius of the Holy Spirit becomes evident as Paul records the source, the means, and the goal of creation in an economy of words that could only be accomplished by the inspiration of the Spirit of God!

Who is the source of all creation?
"For from Him..." cf. James 1:17

Who is the means of all creation?
"...and through Him..." cf. Colossians 1:16

Who is the goal of creation?
"...and to Him..." cf. Psalm 97:1-6 (Note: In chapter one of Genesis God declares seven times that His creation is good.)

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