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Echo Evangelique

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The Return of Christ: Glorification in His Saints

Text: 1 Thess. 1:10

Key Concepts:

  • How will Christ be glorified in His saints?
  • The magnitude of what God has done
  • What we will experience on the day He returns

As a church, as believers we ought “to count it all joy” when we face persecution for the sake of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (Jam. 1:2). As Christians if we find ourselves to be destitute, persecuted and lacking because of our faith, we should rejoice and consider ourselves blessed. We should also consider that the world is as unworthy of us as we are worthy of the kingdom of God (Heb. 11:38). Paul commended the Thessalonians for enduring tribulations and persecutions well. Although, there was an issue of false teachings in their midst causing confusion.  Paul wrote this epistle to debunk the false notions about the return of Christ. The seventh verse of this chapter (1:7) serves as a thesis for the entire chapter. “The Lord Jesus is revealed” is the key statement of said thesis.  Unlike the first coming, when Christ’s glory was veiled, the second coming will reveal Him in all His glory. Paul distinguished this second coming from the Rapture through the terms “…revealed from heaven…with His mighty angels… in flaming fire…” (2 Thess. 1: 7-8). The second coming will bring respite for believers and judgement for unbelievers. And Christ will be glorified in His saints.

How will Christ be glorified in His saints?

It begins with the acceptance of the Gospel (1 Thess. 2:13). Believers can reflect the glory of Christ by accepting Him. In fact, Christians become the light of the world by partaking in the glory of Christ (Matt. 5: 13-16). We are able to display some of God’s glory in the manner that we live. Once we accept the word of the Gospel, the work of transformation begins in us. This transformation happens progressively until we attain the likeness of Christ.  However, the time is coming when our transformation will be complete and then our glorification will be evident for all to see. This is the ministry of the Holy Spirit in us. the work of salvation has been achieved by God from eternity past. The children of God are destined to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29). Only then will we assume the family resemblance of children of God. Evidently, believers have every reason to pray for the return of our Lord.

The magnitude of what God has done

As believers we should constantly offer thanksgiving to God. Paul often gave thanks on behalf of believers. “God, from the beginning, chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth… that we may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 2:13). This is the very reason we must give thanks to God for this is the greatest expression of the love of God for His elect. Before the foundation of the world God planned for our salvation and thus enabled us to share in the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit in us in this life, is only a foretaste of what is to come. God chose to justify and save us through the sacrifice of His Son on the Cross through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, so that we can partake in the glory of His Son. This is His wonderful gift to those who love Him. Christ’s glory resides in us. 

What we will experience on the day He returns

As His glorified saints, we will radiate the glory of Christ. As such, we look forward to the day when His glory will be perfectly displayed in us. The loss of material possessions in this world means nothing compared to what we have in Christ. Our circumstances should never dictate who we are. If this describes you, it is because you do not know who you are in Christ. Our glory, as children of God, is yet to be unveiled. “It has not yet been revealed what we shall be…” (1 Jn. 3:2). But when He returns, “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 Jn 3:2). From that day on, we will give ourselves over to worshiping Him eternally (2 Thess. 1:10). The human mind cannot begin to conceive of the joy that we will know on that day.

In conclusion…

The prosperity gospel preachers would have you believe that you are living your best live right now, right here. If that is true for you, you don’t know Christ. If this is your best life, Christ is not in you, you are on your way to hell. But if you know that there is something far greater waiting for you, then you are on your way to heaven. When you contemplate the things that God has planned for His children, you will not think this is your best life. In fact, “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). God may grant us what we need in this life, but this here is our worst life. The best is yet to come. For our inheritance in God is incorruptible, undefiled and will not fade away (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Whatever you may hold dear today, whether it is your wealth or health, will all wither away. You will not take them with you when you die, but what God has in store for His saints will last forever. If you are being persecuted, marginalized because of your faith in God, keep your eyes on Christ. Do not trust in the things of this world, they are fleeting. Look to Christ so that you may see and appreciate what God has prepared for you for all eternity. Turn your eyes to Jesus and admire Him for who He is. Someday, we will be like Him and will adore Him forever and ever.

 

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