All Glory to God (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21
Paul’s benediction at the end of Ephesians 3 is a fitting summary to themes that have been covered in those three chapters. Particularly we see the theme of God’s glory which was prominent in chapter 1 extolling God’s mighty deeds, virtues and promises. The benediction tells us that God is not limited by our ideas of what to contemplate or ask. We discuss God’s essential attributes that are the ground of doxologies in the Bible.
Some false teachers claim that God is limited by our words. We explain that false teaching and refute it. For example, what is revealed in Ephesians 2 about “one new man” did not happen because people thought to ask for it. It was God’s eternal purpose that came to pass as He made this mystery known in history. Paul’s statement is grounded in God’s love for His church. The church is the dwelling place of God and He is at work in us. Therefore we are assured that God will change our lives according to His promises.
We talk about the 5th sola of the Reformation: to the glory of God alone. This goes literally, into the age or the ages, and we are going to be with Him for all eternity. We example OT texts that also ascribe glory to God based on His mighty deeds and rulership over all things. David extolled God’s glory and His mighty deeds. The sermon finishes by describing Jesus’ intercession for us and the truth that God will keep us and bring us to glory.
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