Romans 11:33-36 / God of all Glory (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on May 23, 2014

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This is the forty-eighth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Romans. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of May 18, 2014. This message deals with God’s unsearchable wisdom and knowledge. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes and a study outline. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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Rom 11_33-36

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Romans 11:33-36

v.33:
God’s wisdom and knowledge are beyond our comprehension, and Paul marveled at the depths of it.

Though men constantly seek wisdom, the wisdom of God is completely incomprehensible to unregenerate man.

1 Corinthians 1:20-23

For all of man’s efforts, he will not find wisdom on his own.

It will not be found in nature, it cannot be purchased.

Wisdom is hidden and concealed, and only God knows its place.

Job 28:12-23

Wisdom will not be found apart from God.

When this verse speaks of judgments, it is speaking in terms of God’s decisions.

As such, His judgments (decisions) will not be understood by the world.

If God’s wisdom and knowledge are beyond our understanding, then certainly His judgments will be unsearchable.

The depth and breath of God’s decisions go far beyond what we are able to see.

God sees all – past, present and future, and all is a part of His decision making.

The sheer magnitude of it can never be truly figured out by us.

Psalm 36:6

God’s greatness may be beyond our understanding, but that’s just all the more reason to trust Him.

In fact, we can trust that God will work all things together for good, for those who love Him.

Romans 8:28

That’s some good decision making, whether we understand it or not.

God’s ways are simply higher than ours.

Isaiah 55:8-9

As such, we should stand in fear and awe of Him.

Psalm 33:8-11

v.34:
This refers back to Isaiah 40:13 and Jeremiah 23:18 though its not a direct quote of either.

God is the sole author and designer of His all-wise plan.

We can’t know the mind of God!
God has no counselors.

We can’t give God advice, nor can we tell God what to do!

(Those who follow the word of faith movement, make a habit of trying to tell God what to do.)

v.35:
This is quoted from Job 41:11

No one precedes God, He is the creator.

Genesis 1:1

How vain it is for man to think that he is greater than God.

How vain it is for man to think that he can dare tell God what to do.

How vain it is for man to think that he is his own god, yet that’s what this world has come to.

No one has given God anything (its already His).

God is indebted to no one.

We, on the other hand, are eternally indebted to God. He has given us mercy that we don’t deserve, and payed a debt we can’t repay.

Romans 5:8

v.36:
God is the creator of all.

God is the source, the sustainer, and the rightful end of everything that exists.

  • His deep ways are beyond man’s discovering (Rom. 11:33);
  • beyond man’s knowing (v. 34 a),
  • beyond man’s counseling (v. 34 b),
  • and beyond man’s giving (v. 35).

God alone is the possessor of absolute power and absolute wisdom.

In the end, all of us are absolutely dependent on God.

He is the source of all things, including ourselves, our very lives and being.

He is the power that sustains and rules the universe.

And God works out all things to bring glory to himself.

Everything exists by Him and through Him!

The all powerful God deserves eternal glory and praise!

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