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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #81
Posted: May 26, 2006

A Study of Positional Truths

We turn out attention this week to four IN CHRIST phrases mentioned in II Thessalonians 1:10-12.  This text says, “When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ

In verses 10 and 12 we see phrases with the theme of glorification.  In verse 10 Paul says, “…to be glorified in his saints, our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you,”   The word ‘glorified’ has the root word of one’s boast or rejoicing.  The actual word ‘glorified’ means the revelation and manifestation of all that God has and is.  God will find it the grounds of great rejoicing and boasting to one day manifest in us all that He is.

Paul tells us in verse 10 “When he shall come…” that his sole purpose in coming back is to be glorified in His people.  Many don’t believe in a literal coming but Paul still said, “When he shall come…”  In this glorified state we who have been looked down on will then be ‘admired’.  The word ‘admired’ means something strange causing the beholder to marvel or wonder.  We who have believed are often looked on with disdain in this day.  In that day we will be admired with wonder.

Paul while pondering the thought of glorification offers a prayer in verse 11.  He refers to our glorification as a ‘calling’.  The word ‘calling’ is the word used for the high calling.  There is no calling greater than to have a full revelation and manifestation of God in us.  Paul prays that God would ‘count us worthy’ of this calling.  The phrase means to pronounce or render to an estimation of favor.  Oh, to be pronounced or rendered worthy of His favor.  What rejoicing to be called into the ultimate high calling.  Paul said, “I press toward the high mark of the high calling”.  What is this mark or goal of high calling?  It is to be glorified IN CHRIST.  In Paul’s prayer about glorification he asks that there be a ‘fulfillment of goodness and work of faith with power’.  When Moses prayed ‘Lord, show me thy glory’ God made His goodness to pass before Moses.  It caused Moses’ face to be so bright he had to veil it or take the chance of blinding the people.  One day we will be filled with the goodness of God and we too will shine as the brightness of the stars with His glory.  We shall be filled with all faith and power.  There will be no doubts or weakness.  All things will be reality and strength.

In verse 12 Paul tells of the ultimate purpose behind glorification.  Our God desires to magnify that His Son is the fullness of the Godhead bodily.  His name is going to be exalted in us that believe.  He will be glorified in us according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul must have thought they were both one to mention them both in the same sentence.  To mention an unequal in the same sentence with God would be blasphemy.

These IN CHRIST phrases give a whole new comforting thought to the truths, “For IN CHRIST dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead and we are complete IN CHRIST.”  This truth must now be embraced by faith, but in that day it will be a blessed reality.