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Soli Deo Gratia - God's Glory Alone

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Soli Deo Gratia - God’s Glory Alone

John 1:12 ESV
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
How is big, how great is your God?
Asking this question makes some people uncomfortable. Making anyone uncomfortable is not my primary purpose in asking the question. My ultimate purpose is for each of us to begin to see in a renewed way the greatness of the God that we serve and of the glory that He is His alone. When all is said and done, may each of us like the Apostle reverently confess.
Romans 11:33 ESV
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
The extended benediction/doxology in is not merely the summary of but the all of Paul’s considerations in the whole of the Book of Romans up to that point.
Before we note the high points noted by Paul thus far in Romans, it might help us to be reminded as to how used used these first 11 chapters in Romans and these last few verses to set the stage for a revival in Switzerland. This revival Switzerland came to be about 1815 - almost 300 years after Martin Luther’s 95 thesis.
The details of this revival were recorded in a sermon by James M Boice - 1938-2000 - Theologian & Pastor of Tenth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia PA.
“The story began with a remarkable Scotsman - Robert Haldane - 1746-1842 - one of two brothers - members of the Scottish aristocracy.
Other brother James - Captain in the British East India Company
Robert - owner of several estates in Gleneerie and Perthshire
Upon his conversion, Robert sold major parts of his estates - invested the proceeds to advance the Gospel in Europe
James became an evangelist and an influential pastor in Edinburgh - for 52 years.
Robert - visited Geneva - 1815
While reading his Bible in a park he got into discussion with some young men - theology students who did not have the faintest idea of the Gospel.
Robert invited the students twice a week to his room for Bible studies on Romans.
All of the students were genuinely converted and were used by God in what became known as Haldane’s Revival.
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