Rom. 3:26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
I don’t know if this is accurate but someone quoted Muhammed Ali as saying, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it”. The root of a lot of our problems is pride, thinking more of ourselves than is accurate. If you really think about it the only being this would be impossible for is God, it would be impossible for even God to exaggerate His greatness because His greatness has no end. If that is true, God’s glory is unlimited and deserves all of our attention and worship. Because of this everything exists to display or to show forth His glory, even us.
Today’s verse describes God’s greatest act of love, He vindicates His own righteousness and offers us infinite joy in His presence by His death on the cross. His glory and my joy resulting from one act. What an amazing God. Here is how John Piper describes it.
“Here is another profound reality that transforms the way I think about everything. God’s acting for his own sake and his acting for my sake are not at odds. They are, Edwards says, “not to be set in opposition” but “coincide with one another” and “are implied in one another.” This is massively important. It comes to expression in the cross, where God vindicates his own righteousness in the very act of saving us for infinite “joy at his right hand (Rom. 3:25-26; compare 1 Pet. 3:18; Ps. 16:11). It is the very heart of the gospel. The exaltation of [God’s] glory is the driving force of the gospel. The gospel is a gospel of grace! And grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.”
This is quite stunning, the Lord’s work of redemption was designed to display His love and grace so all of creation could see His glory on display. What are the results? We receive joy unspeakable in His presence. Rather than judgement and condemnation, I receive grace and glory. What a deal! So my point is this, bragging or pride is wrong because it is based on a lie. Since God’s glory is infinite and impossible to exaggerate it is impossible for pride to be an issue with God. He is the greatest.