Romans 16:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 16:26, NIV: but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith--

Romans 16:26, ESV: but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—

Romans 16:26, KJV: But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Romans 16:26, NASB: but now has been disclosed, and through the Scriptures of the prophets, in accordance with the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith;

Romans 16:26, NLT: But now as the prophets foretold and as the eternal God has commanded, this message is made known to all Gentiles everywhere, so that they too might believe and obey him.

Romans 16:26, CSB: but now revealed and made known through the prophetic Scriptures, according to the command of the eternal God to advance the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles--

What does Romans 16:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul's one-sentence doxology continues. In the previous verse, he described the gospel, or good news about salvation by faith in Jesus, as a mystery kept secret by God for the long ages of human history.

Now, though, he writes that it has finally been disclosed or revealed by God. Along with this revelation from God about the gospel of Jesus, it became clear that the prophetic writings—what we would call the Old Testament—pointed to this truth about Jesus all along.

The truth of the gospel message has been made known to all the nations of the world. As Paul writes this, many people in the world remain to be reached with the gospel message. His meaning seems to be that all the barriers have been removed. The truth about salvation through faith in Jesus is available to be understood and believed by everyone everywhere.

Paul adds that "the eternal God" has commanded this revelation to happen. This seems to mean both that God is the one who commanded the mystery to be ended and the truth revealed at this moment in history, and that God is the one who has commanded Paul and others to take this message to all nations throughout the world.

Why has God commanded this revelation of the gospel, the good news about Jesus? He wants people to obey Him by believing in Jesus. Salvation is more than an opportunity to be saved from hell and spend eternity with God. Belief in Jesus, in the gospel as Paul has presented it in Romans, is God's command to all peoples.