33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
What must have been in the of mind of the Apostle Paul when he wrote this poetry? What must be happening in the spirit of Paul as he writes this? Paul is not a poet, but poetry flows from him here. The poetry and use of language here is really moving. Paul has great command of language, but typically Paul employs that command in order to teach. But here he uses it to create are and Paul is taken by God. Paul has apprehended the beauty of God, he has taken a close look at God and it has moved his spirit to the art that is found in these verses.
How did Paul get here?
Paul has gotten to this place through the application of Romans 12:2 and now he shares the path to that place with us. You and I were created to be in the place that Paul is in when he writes the poem that we know as Romans 11:33-36. Now, there is much more to this than what appears in Romans 12:2. But at the heart of this wonder and awe that led Paul to write these verses and the invitation for us to join him there is found in this one verse. At the heart of Romans 12:2 is a call to be Transformed.
We looked at this idea yesterday in our sermon (Listen Here) and will continue to look intently at Romans 12:2 for the next two weeks. Stay tuned to this blog for more resources to help us to get the place of being Transformed. We also invite you to come engage this pursuit with us Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at North Church (660 Charbonier).