After stating what God will do for his people, Peter erupts in doxology, the praise of a presbyter that, following his imperatives and precepts, recognizes the source of all possibilities.
To him belongs the power forever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:11 NET
Do this, do that, resist the devil, stay awake — and know — glory to God for this! — that he will make all your effort worth it and will guarantee your spiritual success. Because all the power that belongs to him is yours in Christ Jesus.
Omnipotent God, I praise you for investing in me the spiritual forces to go the distance and draw near to you. Amen.
Nothing more appropriate in a letter that deals with the essence of faith than to end with a doxology, an exclamation of praise, which is dense with content and full of key terms and phrases which were dealt with throughout the work:
Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that had been kept secret for long ages, but now is disclosed, and through the prophetic scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith — to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever! Amen.
Romans 16:25-27 NET
Paul ends with a phrase that he had written at the beginning of the letter, giving us an idea of its content: “the obedience of faith.” The placing of this phrase is called an inclusio. Continue reading “Obedience of faith”