Curiously, this is the only doxology in the New Testament to mention Christ and the church as the object of praise. Primary for Paul in this doxology is the affirmation of God’s power. Paul states clearly that God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we can ask or think. As a result, Paul does not intercede with God to do things. Instead, he praises God for his ability to bring to completion the work of salvation that he has already begun in the church and in Christ Jesus for all of humanity.
In reflecting upon Paul’s words, I am reminded of how God’s power was made manifest in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. As I think about the present moment, God’s power continues to be on display in his Church as he works in and through the body of Christ to lead people to the truth of his gospel. So this morning, I join with Paul in declaring to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.