To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
I. GLORY MUST BE GIVEN TO GOD. The apostle, as may be inferred from the connection of the words, has chiefly in view the signal benefits of redemption in this elevated ascription of praise.
II. THROUGH WHOM GLORY IS TO BE GIVEN. "Through Jesus Christ." Of Him, through Him, to Him, are all things. He is appointed Head over all. He is the only Mediator between God and man, whether for supplication or intercession or thanksgiving. In Him God bestows all grace upon us, and in Him all our words and our works are sanctified. Whatever we do in the service of God, if it be not done in the name of Christ, and in dependence upon His mediation and Lordship, it is done according to our own carnal will; it is not done according to the will of God.
III. BY WHOM glory is to be given to God. "The Church." By the Church is meant the congregation of faithful men, among whom the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments rightly administered. All God's works show His praise, but His saints shall bless Him.
IV. DURING WHAT PERIOD. "Throughout all ages." Every work of man has its limit and its end: all the glory of the creature is as the flower of the field; the wind passeth over it, and it is gone. But it is not so with the glory of God; His praises are endless as His life. Eternity only is the full scene of God's praise, "As it was in the beginning, so it is now, and shall be evermore."
(H. J. Hastings, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.