Ephesians 3:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 3:21, NIV: to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:21, ESV: to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:21, KJV: Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians 3:21, NASB: to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:21, NLT: Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:21, CSB: to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

What does Ephesians 3:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul's prayer ends this chapter, through a brief doxology in verses 20 and 21. Here, he includes glory to God, as well as noting where the glory should be seen: both in believers and in Jesus. The church should be pure, since it is designed to promote the glory of God. First Timothy 3:15 calls the church, "The household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth." The church, meaning the collection of all saved believers, is the family in which God's glory should reside and be clearly seen.

Finally, God's glory should extend beyond one age group or time. These words echo many of the Psalms (Psalm 33:11; 45:17; 61:6). When Mary learned she would give birth to Jesus, she exclaimed, "For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:48). She recognized that Christ's glory would extend throughout the ages. Paul likewise sought for God's glory, through Christ, to be made known among all nations and all ages. His purpose was to see the hope of Jesus extended to every person (Matthew 28:18–20).