Giving glory and praise to God

“and to Him who is able above all things to do exceeding abundantly what we ask or think, according to the power that is working in us, to Him ‘is’ the glory in the assembly/ekklesia in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.”
—Ephesians 3:20, 21 YLT

“When we come to ask for grace from God, we ought to give glory to God. Unto Him be glory in the church/ekklesia by Christ Jesus. In ascribing glory to God, we ascribe all excellences and perfections to Him, glory being the effulgency and result of them all. Observe, The seat of God’s praises is in the church/ekklesia. That little rent of praise which God receives from this world is from the church/ekklesia, a sacred society constituted for the glory of God, every particular member of which, both Jew and Gentile, concurs in this work of praising God. The Mediator of these praises is Jesus Christ. All God’s gifts come from Him to us through the hand of Jesus Christ; and all our praises pass from us to Him through the same hand. And God should and will be praised thus throughout all ages, world without end; for He will ever have a church/ekklesia to praise Him, and He will ever have His tribute of praise from His church/ekklesia. Amen. So be it; and so it will certainly be.”
— Matthew Henry on Ephesians 3

Original: ἐκκλησία
Transliteration: Ekklesia
Phonetic: ek-klay-see’-ah
1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly

a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating

b) the assembly of the Israelites

c) any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously

d) in a Christian sense

1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting

2) a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order’s sake

3) those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body

4) the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth

5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven

Origin: from a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564
Part of speech: Noun Feminine
Strong’s: From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out that is (concretely) a popular meeting especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): – assembly church.

Look upon God as a Father

“Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever! Amen.”
—Philippians 4:20


(1.) God is to be considered by us as our Father: Now unto God and our Father. It is a great condescension and favour in God to own the relation of Father to sinners, and allow us to say to him, Our Father; and it is a title peculiar to the gospel dispensation. It is also a great privilege and encouragement to us to consider him as our Father, as one so nearly related and who bears so tender an affection towards us. We should look upon God, under all our weaknesses and fears, not as a tyrant or an enemy, but as a Father, who is disposed to pity us and help us.

(2.) We must ascribe glory to God as a Father, the glory of his own excellence and of all his mercy unto us. We must thankfully own the receipt of all from him, and give the praise of all to him. And our praise must be constant and perpetual; it must be glory for ever and ever.”

—Mathew Henry on Philippians 4