Ephesians 1:12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
That we should be to the praise of his glory,…. This is the accumulation of predestination to the inheritance, and the results is, 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, glorification, pardon, adoption, regeneration, and eternal salvation; and that we should praise and glorify him on account of these things, by ascribing all to his grace, and nothing to ourselves. 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, but only by faith and the finished work of Christ. Since the promise made to Abraham the nation of Israel was looking for the coming messiah, and were the first to be partakers of the praise of His glory.