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Here’s the NET Bible translation of today’s text:
11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen.
At first glance, this seems to be a shallow passage, one that we’ve heard a lot of times and one that has lost much meaning. We sing about it and memorize it, but do we reflect on the words? (It kind of reminds me of Lincoln’s “of the people, by the people, for the people” quote.) We can skim over it, but I think if we slow down we’ll find something deeper hidden here.
The prepositions are important. I’m going to reflect about each one: from, through, and to. Let’s look at each one.
From Him. When it says that all things are “from Him” it refers to the sovereign will of God. Everything generates from Him. As we learned earlier, He is the Great Initiator. This passage reminds us that everything comes from Him. Darwin was wrong!
Through Him. This points to the fact that He is the Great Sustainer. We can do all things “through Christ”. He holds everthing together. Apart from Him we can do nothing. He holds the fabric of the universe together. Nothing is random.
To Him. Ultimately, everything is done to His glory. It begins with God and ends with God. It’s all about His purposes and His exaltation.
To Him be the glory forever.
Amen, so be it!