May 4, 2014

Ephesians 3:20-21 “To God Be All Glory”

Passage: Ephesians 3:20-21
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These final verses close the first half of Paul's letter.  God has provided salvation in Christ: election in eternity past (1:3-7), forgiveness in the present (1:8-10), and glory in the future (1:11-14).  He is the source of their faith, hope, and love (1:15-23), and He raised them from the pit of spiritual death to seat them in the heavenly places (2:1-7).  By God's grace we are saved (2:8-10).  As if reconciling sinners to Himself weren't amazing enough, He is reconciling mankind (Jews & Gentiles) in His Church (2:11-18).  They share the same citizenship, are part of the same family, stand on the same foundation, and are stones in the same spiritual temple (2:19-22).  Through suffering, God was continuing to work out His all-wise plan of bringing sinners into His kingdom (3:1-13) and bringing them to maturity (3:14-19).  To God alone be the glory!