When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.
2 Thessalonians 1:10
Yesterday, we saw that Jesus is our Vine. We exist as branches in order to receive His life and express it accordingly. He emphatically stated: “Apart from me you can do nothing.” That means that our right living comes from Him. We are a conduit for the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Today’s verse declares that as an eternal reality. When Jesus comes again, He comes “to be glorified in his saints.” There will be a perfect manifestation of the Vine through all the branches. That’s what our glorification is all about. We’ve been saved for that hope: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27).
From a dim, partial, growing revelation of Jesus through maturing branches, there will be an instant maturity and fullness that lasts throughout eternity. Thus, when we will look at other believers, we’ll marvel at Jesus, realizing that “Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11). We’ll see Him in and through every saint and continuously marvel at Him. He’ll be the sole focus and enjoyment throughout endless ages.
If that’s the case, what about right now? Many times, we idolize other believers as though they’ve accomplished things apart from Jesus. We attribute it to their dedication and determination without properly acknowledging the true Source. In a sense, that’s idolatry. There’s simply no spiritual life and accomplishment apart from Jesus being the Source, Substance, and Sustainer of it.
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