“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph. 3:20, 21)
Who is the Him? The one who can do much, much more than we can come up with to ask. God owns it all and shares it all. He is able, whatever our need. He is able to outgive our ability to ask. No parent could imagine being able to do that for their children but our Father can. There is nothing he can not do. It’s like Jesus’s description of the blessing, “Pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” That’s how God operates his blessing machine. That’s who we’re reading about in Ephesians, the God that overgives and has no limit.
How does it work? Its all done by power. Power is authority and vice versa. Not our power. Our power works outside us. It works in the world. God’s power works in us. All that we can do spiritually we can do through the aid of the Spirit that God put in us when we became Christians. Peter gave that promise on the day of Pentecost. Believe, repent and be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). That Spirit is in our inner man working to transform us and make us holy, and that Spirit works by the power/authority of God.
What is our reaction to this wonder-working power? We are to give God the glory. Where does he receive this glory? In the church. Let us remember that when we obey Christ, he adds us to his church, his body. As a part of that body, we give praise to God for his transforming power and saving grace. To God be the glory, church.
If we don’t participate in the fellowship of the church how can we obey this passage? We are told to give God the glory in the church and in Jesus. To be in Jesus is to be in his body and his body is his church. To be in the church is to be in Jesus, as his body. This body’s charge is to give God the glory. What are we giving him the glory for?
Salvation, grace, mercy, Jesus and eternal life are good places to start. All of these things are in Christ. All spiritual blessings are in Christ. All holiness is in Christ. Baptised believers are in Christ. Give God the glory, church.