To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. (ESV)
In these closing words of praise Paul reminds us of some important truths that are critical for us to understand. He begins by saying the only wise God. We should be reminded that true wisdom has only one source; God himself. Man's wisdom is folly. When man says anything that is truly wise you can trace the source of that wisdom back to God. An atheist may something wise, but it is God's wisdom.
To this only wise God belongs glory. As we read this we have no problem affirming that God is deserving of glory. The real issue is whether or not we actually give him glory. We make decisions in our lives that we feel will benefit us, without pausing to consider whether God will receive glory in what we are doing. God being worthy of glory should remind us to give him glory in every action that we take.
This glory that is given to our only wise God is glory that he is to be given to him forevermore. Think about that for just a moment. We have all of eternity to give God glory. We will sing his praises. We will honor him. It will never stop. Our hearts will be filled with joy as we give him glory. And we know that Heaven is more than just a praise service. We will have things that God has for us to do . . . for his glory.
All of this is through Jesus Christ. If it were not for our wonderful Savior's willingness to come to Earth, live a sinless life, take our sin upon himself, lay his life down in payment for our sins, and rise from the dead, conquering death for all who would believe in him, we would not be offering glory to God. We would be denied that privilege. Praise to our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ!
Take a moment and give glory to God. Honor him for his wisdom. Live for his glory. Thank him for your salvation through Jesus Christ. Amen!