Summary: The characteristics, the court, and the coronation of the eternal King of the Ages.
"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen."
Paul’s famous doxology gives great praise to God and great confidence in God.
1. The Characteristics of the King of the ages: eternal, immortal, invisible.
The word "eternal" here means, "of the ages."
The eternality of God means His kingdom will last through the ages.
Kingdoms of men come and go. (Daniel 2:44; 7:13-14)
Isaiah 6:1 - In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Uzziah, like all earthly kings, died - God lives forever!
The word "immortal" means, "undecaying, incorruptible."
No corruption in God’s reign!
2. The Court of the King of the Ages: "the only wise God."
Solomon’s court was known for wisdom, but he eventually did some very unwise things, having failed to follow the instructions God gave him early in his reign.
Solomon married a host of idolatrous wives and they drew him away from God.
God’s wisdom is never compromised. In His court, wisdom alone is dispensed.
The wise person will spend time in God’s presence.
Psa 84:10 For a day in thy courts [is] better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
3. The Coronation of the King of the ages: "be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
This doxology could literally be translated, "Unto the king of the ages...be glory unto the ages of the ages."
Paul makes this statement after observing how his life had been a pattern of God’s mercy and longsuffering.
His heart broke forth in praise to God - in particular - he gives honor and glory to God for His attributes - attributes that are magnified by that fact that thes characteristics of God will go on forever and ever!