From Him, through Him, to Him -- By: Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 16:2 (Fall 2011)
Article: From Him, through Him, to Him
Author: Nancy Leigh DeMoss

From Him, through Him, to Him1

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Author, Teacher

Revive Our Hearts

Niles, Michigan

On a recent trip to Colorado, I joined some adventurous friends on a day-long “jeeping” excursion in the Rocky Mountains. It was an unforgettable experience. Maneuvering around one hairpin curve after another, we made our way higher and higher up (and later back down) the narrow, sometimes treacherous, mountain trails. At times, we found ourselves perilously close to the edge, peering down the side of the mountain, wondering how much further we had to climb to make it to the peak. We got out and hiked at points, our breathing increasingly labored in the thin air, watching our steps ever so carefully, so as not to lose our footing on the steep trails.

When we finally reached the summit, towering over 13,000 feet, our effort was rewarded, as we climbed out of our vehicle and looked down and around at the breathtaking view that surrounded us on every side. We were awestruck by the beauty, the magnificence, the handiwork of God on full display.

That worshipful experience comes to mind when I read a passage of Scripture I’d like us to consider together—a passage that I believe is at the heart of the True Woman movement:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?” For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen (Rom 11:33-36).

When the apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in Rome, I believe he was experiencing a sense much like what we felt at the top of that Rocky Mountain pass. Let me give you some context. In the first eleven chapters of Romans, Paul lays out the basic doctrines of our faith—the sinfulness of man, the amazing grace of God, the salvation that is possible for us through Jesus Christ. Then, in the remainder of the book—chapters 12 through 16—Paul makes practical application of everything he has written before. If the first eleven chapters are the “what” of the gospel, the last part of Romans is the “so what”—how are we to live in light of these great truths? And the doxology of Rom 11:33-36 serves as a bridge between the two.

Just prior to these words, in chapters 9-11 (a section of Scripture that’s admittedly difficult to understand and one many are prone to skip over), Paul ex...

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