Romans 16:26: But Has Now Been Disclosed And Through The Prophetic Writings Has Been Made Known To All Nations
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— (ESV)
The Gospel that Paul preached and expounded upon all throughout the book of Romans was not just something that the apostle came up with. Rather, it was a mystery that for centuries was hidden from the Gentile world. Salvation of mankind was always through the Jews. After all, they alone were the recipients of the Law.
Paul is saying here that the mystery of this Gospel is now disclosed. It is no longer hidden. Through the very words of the prophets the world now knows and sees the Gospel. The Gospel is the fulfillment of the promises of God declared to the prophets. This good news that man can be made right with God through faith in Jesus Christ is for everyone, Jew and Gentile.
Today, we tend to forget just how wonderful it is that we are recipients of the Gospel. Our whole lives we have lived in a time when the mystery of salvation has been available to us. We were not left out. For many centuries the Jews were the only ones who knew of a right relationship with God. They were supposed to be a shining light to the nations around them, but they were not.
If we can truly capture again the wonder of our salvation, perhaps we could be more enthusiastic in sharing it with others. It is easy to look at the Jewish nation and question why they were not more willing to be a shining light. However, we can be guilty of the same thing. If we have received the Gospel, we are enjoying a mystery that God disclosed for all people. We should be that shining light to the world.
Take a moment and reflect on the wonder of knowing Christ. Thank God for revealing the mystery of salvation. Ask him to help you share this wonderful message with someone today. Shine your light!