Gripped by the Gospel


Today’s verses are Paul’s big finish, his wrap-up to this marvelous letter to the church at Rome. They are filled with praise to God who revealed the culmination of salvation history in Jesus. This good news, this gospel, can be seen as the overarching theme in Romans. The letter is framed as such—in chapter one Paul writes, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, it is the power of God for salvation…”—and he ends in chapter fifteen speaking of his service and ministry of the gospel of Christ. As Paul has been gripped by the gospel, he concludes the letter with a doxology (short hymn of praise) as an expression of gratefulness and the greatness of God.

  • What grips you? What captures your attention?
  • For what things are you abundantly grateful to the Lord?


25 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 26 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—27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


  1. Paul mentions several ways that God strengthens us—what are they?
  2. What do you learn about the character of God in this prayer?
  3. Why should we praise God? How do you incorporate praise into your time spent with God? How is it a part of your everyday life?


Paul kindles a response of praise to God by highlighting things taught in the letter about salvation. This prayer reminds them about the power of the gospel and its ability to strengthen. It highlights that the revelation of the mystery has been made known in Jesus. He then gives all praise and glory to God. We, too, can reflect on the many facets of our salvation and God’s perfect plan in Jesus. May we, like Paul, be gripped by the gospel of Christ!

  • Pray these verses back to God as a prayer of praise.