“…to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6 (ESV).
What should be our response to God the Father choosing to adopt us as His children through the person and work of Jesus Christ? The answer is found in one word: praise.
Praise (ἔπαινος; epainos) means commendation, acclamation, glory, laud and honor. It is praise given by someone to someone: not only for what they have done but also for who they are. God the Father is worthy of all our praise for choosing, before the creation of the world, to save us from the penalty, power and eventual presence of sin.
The subject of praise in Ephesians 1:6 has a particular act, and attribute, of God the Father in view. It is His grace. Grace (χάρις; charis) is God’s unmerited favor, kindness and good will towards sinners who are deserving of His wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3; cf. Romans 1:18-32). This grace is solely from God alone.
However, it is not just grace, but the Apostle Paul describes it as “glorious” grace. Glorious (δόξα’ doxa), from which we derive our English word doxology, means splendor, honor and greatness. God’s grace honorable and praiseworthy. The Apostle Paul will provide an extensive treatise on God’s grace in Ephesians 2:1-10.
Think about the numerous hymns and spiritual gospel songs, both old and new, testifying and praising God for His grace. Here is but a brief list.
It’s All Because Of God’s Amazing Grace.
He Looked Beyond My Fault.
Grace, Greater than All Our Sin.
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.
Your Grace is Enough.
This is Amazing Grace.
Who am I?
God’s grace is solely through the Beloved (ἀγαπάω; agapao), Jesus Christ. The blessings from God (Ephesians 1:3) come solely through the beloved Son of God (John 3:1-16; Romans 5:1-9; I John 4:7-12).
Have a blessed day basking in the blessing of God’s glorious grace.
Soli deo Gloria!