The great underlying subject at the heart of much of Paul’s theology is God Himself. Paul most fully celebrates the glory of God when he presents his gospel, which is not simply a message of how individuals get saved from sin and death but how God has brought heaven and earth together in the Messiah (Eph 1:10). For Paul, the coming together of Jews and the Gentile nations into one body is a sign of this. Romans 15:1–13 states this great aim: that both Jew and Gentile “with one mind … may glorify with one mouth the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 15:6). Mutual welcome is indispensable within the body of Christ—Christians coming together across the boundaries of race, class, gender, and culture. Paul states that what was predicted in the Old Testament has now been accomplished, as people from across the world place their hope in Jesus Christ, the root of Jesse who rises to rule the nations (Rom 15:12). In Philippians 2:11 Paul rejoices that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, “to the glory of God the Father.”

Wright, N. T. (2012, 2016)