On occasion I can be a little repetitive, and you will realize almost immediately that is the case with the verse of Scripture I have chosen today. (Ephesians 1:12) “To the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.”
I often think of Heaven and what it must be like. I recall what I have read on the subject and find it fascinating. However, some of it I find to be beyond my comprehension level. As I say so often, “Here, I have only known imperfection, whereas one day I shall experience perfection, (1 Corinthians 15:54,55) “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? “
A gentleman I knew did not like all of the words to that sacred score, “Oh that will be, glory for me!” He disliked the thought that there would be any “glory” for us in eternity. He felt that everything would be to “the praise of HIS (God’s) GLORY!” (Ephesians 1:12)
Reading that first chapter of Ephesians, and rehearsing what we read recently, there is contained in those verses the wonderful truth of how Christ undertook and gave to us redemption. Is it not the epitome of love and grace spelled out in what Christ accomplished on our behalf? Think! God said to Adam/Eve, “When you eat from that tree, you will surely die!” From that point on there is the work of Christ that eventuated in our redemption. “He chose us – He predestined us – He adopted us – He redeemed us – He forgave us – He inherited us – He did whatever was necessary to free us from the “death” that had separated us from God!
And, about our part in this wonderful plan! He allowed us to simply “believe” that He did it all for us. (John 1:12, 13) When we experience the joy of our salvation, He alone will have all the GLORY.
(Check that word “Glory!” in Ephesians 1 and see why He alone deserves it.)