Soli Deo Gloria

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 16:25-27

. . . to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen. (v. 27)

Does SDG mean anything to you? The Reformer John Calvin appended these letters at the end of his Institutes of the Christian Religion. Johann Sebastian Bach put SDG at the end of each cantata. SDG means Soli Deo Gloria – “To God alone be the glory.”

Paul is coming to the end of his letter to the Romans. He has taught many important doctrines and outlined the Christian life. Now is there one phrase that captures in a nutshell everything he has been attempting to teach? Absolutely: “To God alone, who teaches us and strengthens us, be the glory forever.”

Yes, God is the One behind our salvation. He outlined the plan in his eternal mind and began to execute it in the Garden of Eden. He sent his own Son as Savior of the world. He has chosen the hour of Jesus’ return and the end of the world. To him alone be the glory!

God has also poured out his Spirit to work in us his fruit and his gifts. The Christian life is essentially God working through us by his Spirit. We can do no good without his strength. To him alone be the glory!


Dear God, as I reach the end of this marvelous letter, I praise your glory revealed through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.