If you are following the read-through-the-Bible plan with us, you have come to the end of Romans today. John Piper closed his sermon series on Romans with a prayer. Here is the conclusion of that prayer, Jesus Christ in the Book of Romans,
But we turn now, Lord, from thanking you for your work to embrace afresh—perhaps some of us here for the first time—the benefits you obtained for us by your work. By faith we take them, receive them, embrace them, treasure them, knowing full well that this very gift-receiving faith is a gift (Romans 10:17).
- We embrace the truth that we have died to sin and to the law and now belong to you alone, alive from the dead forever (Romans 6:2-5; 7:4-6).
- We embrace afresh the forgiveness of our sins (Romans 4:6-7).
- We embrace the reality that our condemnation is past (Romans 8:1).
- We exult in the truth that our justifying righteousness is unshakable, because it is performed by you, not by us (Romans 5:17-19; 4:4-9).
- We affirm with joy that you indwell us by your Spirit and are with us forever (Romans 8:10).
- We embrace the truth that you unite us to each other in loving harmony (Romans 15:5; 12:16).
- We hold fast the promise that we are being conformed to your image, and that your death and resurrection guarantees that this will be completed (Romans 8:28-30).
- We receive the gift that you enable us to do significant work for the advance of your kingdom (Romans 15:18).
- We glory in the truth that we are fellow heirs with you of all that God owns and all that God is (Romans 8:17; 4:13).
- And we take heart that nothing can separate us from your invincible love or from the love of God the Father because of your work on our behalf (Romans 8:32-39).
- And rooted in all of this, we receive afresh the promise of your everlasting joy. In Paul’s words, spoken to us on your behalf, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
Rededication to Your Purpose for the World
And because of all this, O Lord, henceforth we dedicate ourselves again to your invincible purpose for the world. None of us knows if we will to see another Christmas Eve. That matters very little. What matters is the glory of your supreme worth, and the glory of your Father. And the upbuilding your church in unshakable faith. And the evangelization of the nations. And the salvation of perishing sinners. And to that end, we rededicate ourselves to your purpose—to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through you and the great salvation that you have accomplished. “To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ. Amen.”