Text:

…ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων, ἀμήν.

Translation:

…to whom be the glory for ever and ever, amen.

Explanation:

Having been redeemed by Jesus, who gave himself for our sins (Gal. 1:4), Paul finishes by asserting that the glory (δόξα) goes to our God and Father who, in the first instance, willed our deliverance. Even Jesus, the second person on the Trinity – God in the flesh, did not seek his own glory through this magnificent and majestic deliverance, but sought the glory of God the Father.

Implication:

What an example to follow! We must not seek our own glory – but give it all to the triune God who willed our redemption (the person of the Father), who paid for our redemption (the person of Jesus), and who applied the benefits of this redemption to convict, regenerate and forever comfort us (the person of the Spirit). All glory to God! If we played so much as a minor role in our salvation (through works) then Paul (and we) could not say glory to God alone – Soli Deo Gloria!

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