Ephesians 1:12
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New International Version
in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

New Living Translation
God's purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.

English Standard Version
so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Berean Study Bible
in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be for the praise of His glory.

Berean Literal Bible
for us, the ones having first trusted in Christ, to be to the praise of His glory,

New American Standard Bible
to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

King James Bible
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory.

International Standard Version
so that we who had already fixed our hope on the Messiah might live for his praise and glory.

NET Bible
so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of his glory.

New Heart English Bible
to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That we would be those who first hoped in The Messiah, to the honor of his glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He planned all of this so that we who had already focused our hope on Christ would praise him and give him glory.

New American Standard 1977
to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Jubilee Bible 2000
so that we should be to the praise of his glory, those of us who first trusted in the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

American King James Version
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

American Standard Version
to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Douay-Rheims Bible
That we may be unto the praise of his glory, we who before hoped Christ:

Darby Bible Translation
that we should be to [the] praise of his glory who have pre-trusted in the Christ:

English Revised Version
to the end that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Webster's Bible Translation
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
so that we should be devoted to the extolling of His glorious attributes--we who were the first to fix our hopes on Christ.

World English Bible
to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ:

Young's Literal Translation
for our being to the praise of His glory, even those who did first hope in the Christ,
Study Bible
Spiritual Blessings
11In Him we were also chosen as God’s own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, would be for the praise of His glory. 13And in Him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.…
Cross References
Ephesians 1:6
to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.

Ephesians 1:14
The Spirit is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession, to the praise of His glory.
Treasury of Scripture

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

be. See on ver.

Ephesians 1:6,14 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his …

Ephesians 3:21 To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, …

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

who.

Ephesians 1:13 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, …

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when …

Psalm 146:3-5 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there …

Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand …

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for …

Isaiah 32:1,2 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule …

Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Isaiah 45:23,25 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, …

Jeremiah 17:5-7 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

Matthew 12:18-21 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul …

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.

Romans 15:12,13 And again, Esaias said, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that …

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and …

trusted. or, hoped.

(12) That we . . . who first trusted in Christ.--That the reference here is to the first Christians, in contradistinction to the Gentiles of the next verse, is clear. But the meaning of the phrase "who first hoped" (or, more properly, who have hoped beforehand) is less obvious. Our version seems to interpret it simply of "believing before" the Gentiles, i.e., of being the "first believers;" and this interpretation may be defended by the analogy of certain cases in which the same prefix signifying "beforehand" has this sense (e.g., Acts 20:5; Acts 20:13; Romans 3:9; Romans 12:10; 1Corinthians 11:21). But the more general analogy strongly supports the other interpretation, "who have hoped in the Christ before He came"--that is, who, taught by prophecy, entering into that vision of a great future which pervades the older Covenant, looked forward "to the hope of Israel," and "waited for the consolation of Israel;" and who accordingly in due time became, on the Day of Pentecost, the firstfruits of His salvation.

Verse 12. - That we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ. The "we" which hitherto has been applied to the whole Church, Jewish and Gentile, begins to have a more limited reference, and to contrast with "you" in ver. 13. The first "we" in this verse embraces all, as in the preceding part of the chapter; the second (omitted in the A.V.) is conditioned by the words following, and is applicable to the Jewish Christians, who, through the promises given to the fathers, had seen Christ's day afar off, and had thus hoped in him. This special reference to ἡμᾶς is followed immediately by a reference to ὑμεῖς. That we should be to the praise of his glory,.... This is the end of predestination to the inheritance; and the sense is, either that the praise of the glory of God, in his grace and goodness, might be discovered and made known unto the saints, as it is displayed in election, redemption, justification, pardon, adoption, regeneration, and eternal salvation; or that they should praise and glorify him on account of these things, by ascribing all to his grace, and nothing to themselves; by giving him thanks for all his benefits; by ordering their conversations aright as become the Gospel; and by doing all things with a view to his glory:

who first trusted in Christ; the Jews, the apostle, and others of the Jewish nation;

who before hoped in Christ, as the words may be rendered; who hoped in Christ before the Gentiles did; and indeed the people of Israel hoped for Christ before he came; the promises of the Messiah were made to them, and he was the peculiar hope and expectation of that people; and to them he first came, and to them the Gospel was first preached; and some of them first believed in Christ, and trusted in him, and not in their own righteousness, strength, wisdom, and riches, nor in their own hearts, nor in any mere creature, nor in their carnal privileges; all which they renounced confidence in, and dependence on, when they came to the knowledge of Christ; in whose person they trusted for acceptance, and in his righteousness for justification, and in his blood for pardon, and in his fulness for supply, and in his power for protection and perseverance: this supposes knowledge of him, and a sense of the frailty and vanity of all other objects; and was a betaking themselves to him, a leaning and staying on him, a committing all unto him, and an expectation of all good things from him. 12. (Eph 1:6, 14).

who first trusted in Christ—rather (we Jewish Christians), "who have before hoped in the Christ": who before the Christ came, looked forward to His coming, waiting for the consolation of Israel. Compare Ac 26:6, 7, "I am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: unto which our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come." Ac 28:20, "the hope of Israel" [Alford]. Compare Eph 1:18; 2:12; 4:4.1:9-14 Blessings were made known to believers, by the Lord's showing to them the mystery of his sovereign will, and the method of redemption and salvation. But these must have been for ever hidden from us, if God had not made them known by his written word, preached gospel, and Spirit of truth. Christ united the two differing parties, God and man, in his own person, and satisfied for that wrong which caused the separation. He wrought, by his Spirit, those graces of faith and love, whereby we are made one with God, and among ourselves. He dispenses all his blessings, according to his good pleasure. His Divine teaching led whom he pleased to see the glory of those truths, which others were left to blaspheme. What a gracious promise that is, which secures the gift of the Holy Ghost to those who ask him! The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit seal believers as the children of God, and heirs of heaven. These are the first-fruits of holy happiness. For this we were made, and for this we were redeemed; this is the great design of God in all that he has done for us; let all be ascribed unto the praise of his glory.
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