TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY
God created knowing that his creation would reject him.
(Isaiah 53:3) Nevertheless he created with unmatched
wisdom. He placed his imprint on humanity by making
each human being unique. After a while one would think
that he would run out of ways to make each one special,
but not the Creator. His loving kindness knows no
boundaries. While we might feel superior to someone
else, God looks at each person as his precious creation.
No one needs to feel anything but agape love from
He loves his creation so much that before anyone had
sinned, he moved his plan of redemption into place.
Unprecedented love looks ahead to the joy of
reconciliation. God had more than sympathy for
mankind. Sympathy would have said, “ah, too bad” and
moved on, but God had agape love. That kind of love is
Paul the apostle gushed with worship as he wrote
Ephesians 1. Verse three through verse fourteen is one
sentence in the Greek. He couldn't stop long enough to
place a "period". He saw and spoke of this unique
Being with passion. The last five words of this sentence
is “to the praise of His glory”. (Ephesians 1:14) So what
is “to the praise of his glory”? Paul explained it just two
verses earlier when he said “that we who were the first
to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory”.
We are his trophies that he proudly displays. When
someone wins a medal at the Olympics or earns a
trophy, the glory goes to the recipient and not to the
award. Each one that God has created is to show his
greatness or be “to the praise of his glory”. Of course,
because we have choice, all of us have fallen short of
his glory (Romans 3:23) but he pursues us and when we
bow to him in repentance, he “cleans us up” and begins
to polish us so that his glory can be seen in us.
God does not give up on anyone. Instead he “raises us
up with Him” and he seats us “with Him in the heavenly
places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He
might show the surpassing riches of His grace in
kindness toward us in Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:6,7)
As bad as sin is, God is greater! Sin is so horrible that
Jesus Christ suffered excruciatingly to pay for it. Once
again, this was for God's glory, for the Father
"predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus
Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His
will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He
freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."
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