1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
We have received grace and apostleship, which brings about the obedience of faith…
For the sake of His name.
Not my name. Not yours. God gives us grace for His glory.
Just think about that.
God sent His Son to bring about the redemption of all things for His glory. It is not because you are His treasure. It is not because you deserve it.
It is because our God is gracious, merciful, abounding in love. Our God loves to hear His name exalted in the hearts of His people.
And He is worthy of our exaltation.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1