As I continue the ongoing study of Galatians, just as we continue we the theme of the book, of not adding any works to the saving grace of Christ, my thoughts went to this phrase from Numbers, the book of the wilderness wanderings: “What hath God wrought!” It is not a question but an exclamation.
Surely [there is] no enchantment against Jacob, neither [is there] any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! [Num 23:23]
From the lips of none other than prophet-for-hire Balaam when he was called on by the king of the Moabites to curse Israel, the LORD put words of blessing on Israel. If we go back just a few verses in these words of Balaam, we see what God says to those outside of Israel just what He sees:
He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath He seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God [is] with him, and the shout of a king [is] among them. [Num 23:21]
The LORD has done here with Israel exactly what He does with us when He justifies us freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom 3:24). He did not behold iniquity or see perverseness because He declares it so. It is the Sovereign’s prerogative to declare what is so, so when He declares us righteous and holy in Christ Jesus, we are because He said so. The extent that the Father and the Son went to make this a righteous declaration is not in question. He settled that within Himself when Christ died for the ungodly (Rom 5:6).
So when all Israel shall be saved, when the Deliverer will come out of Zion to turn away all ungodliness from Jacob, (Rom 11:26) it will be said “What hath God wrought!” They will know for sure, it was not their works, for even the record before the LORD put these words into Balaam’s mouth bare witness of iniquity and perverseness. But the nations of the earth will look at Israel and exclaim “What hath God wrought!”
Even as Paul penned the words of all Israel being saved, he was overcome with praise for his Lord:
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor? Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, [are] all things: to Whom [be] glory for ever. Amen. [Rom 11:33-36]
This brings us to our Body of Christ equivalent, where we will be forever on display as trophies of the riches of God’s grace. He has given us a place in heaven
That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. [Eph 2:7]
To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: [Eph 3:10-11]
Throughout eternity, all the universe will exclaim “What hath God wrought!” None of what He has wrought will be tied in the least to human merit. The word to the Body of Christ is not to work to make ourselves acceptable to God. It is to be what we are!
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. [Eph 2:10]
WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT!