GRACE AND GLORY IN GOD ARE ONE
"According to the Gospel of the glory of the blessed God" 1 Tim. 1:11
This is another instance where the Revision has added greatly to the understanding and beauty of a phrase. In a previous article we observed the difference between "the might of His glory" and "His glorious might" (Col. 1:11). See article GLORIOUS STRENGTH FROM GOD. Here we have the same kind of change. Instead of reading "the glorious Gospel," we have "the Gospel of the Glory." That the Gospel is glorious we know, but the apostolic phrase draws our attention to the fact that the good news is that of "the Glory of the blessed God." Knowing that it is the GOSPEL OF HIS GRACE, we are thus reminded that GRACE AND GLORY IN GOD ARE ONE. That which is the very essence of His splendor and beauty is the infinite love of His heart. Also we may, with perfect accuracy, render the description of God as "the happy God." What unfathomable depths of suggestiveness there are in the words: “The Gospel of the Glory of the happy God"! But now observe how the words are introduced. Immediately before them are the words "according to." When we go back to see what this Gospel is the standard of, we find a remarkable denunciation of evil things, some of the most fearful being named, and all others being included in the words, "and if there be any other thing." All these things are contrary to the sound doctrine, “according to the Gospel of the glory of the happy God”. Thus again, as so constantly in the New Testament, we are reminded that the Gospel makes no excuse for sin, makes no terms with it.