Paul knows God’s ways are unsearchable and inscrutable, and it behooves each one of us to bow before the ways of God in this world. About the time we think we’ve got God’s ways figured out, we discover that there is far more to God’s ways than we ever imagined. When Paul comes to the end of these great two chps, thinks back on the ways of God with Gentiles and Israel, and with the way God works out his covenant, Paul can only bend the knee in utter wonder at what God does.
As Wright puts it: “Paul can only stand in awe.”
Theology and the study of God’s ways in this world evoke wonder and awe and doxology.