Peter O’Brien – Glory in Christ Jesus!

17 May

“To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:21

God’s glory in the church cannot be separated from his glory in Christ Jesus. This expression of incorporation signifies that believers are able to ascribe glory to God because they are ‘in Christ Jesus’ (see on 1:3 ). Just as ‘every spiritual blessing’ is given to us ‘in Christ’ ( 1:3 ), so our acknowledging the Father’s glory is wholly dependent on Christ Jesus; it is rendered by those who have been incorporated into him. He is the mediator of God’s activity to us, and the mediator of our response of praise to the Father. Just as our thanksgiving to God can only be given in the name of the Lord Jesus ( 5:20 ), so also glory can be ascribed to God only within the realm of Christ Jesus.

~Peter O’brien~


The Letter to the Ephesians (Grand Rapids, MI; Eerdmans Publishing Company; 1999) Commentary on Ephesians 3:21.

Books by Peter O’brien

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