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
to be glorified in his saints, our Lord Jesus Christ may be
glorified in you, The word glorified has the root word
of ones 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 dont believe in a literal
coming but Paul still said, When he shall come
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.
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 Pauls 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.