Friday, July 31, 2020

Thessalonians Words ~ Day 26: Glory

 Day 26: Glory

Throughout this passage we have looked at over the past few days, 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12, the word glory/glorified has appeared a number of times. The Bible tells us throughout, that the ultimate glory belongs to God. It is the call of His Holy people to bring Him glory through His Son Jesus Christ. And, by His grace, we share in His glory.

In our daily lives God's people are called to live holy lives that are expressed by attitudes and deeds prompted by their faith in God and revealing a goodness that reflects Christ. Those in the world see the lives that have been changed as a result of Christ's redemptive work and power in them, and this results in exalting God, giving Him glory. 

We have been created to bring glory to God.

"Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;

    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God." Psalm 86:8-10

We are called to live holy lives as His holy people, that by our holy living Jesus will be revealed  in us and through us, bringing glory to God. Everything we do is to bring God glory.

"...whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:10-11

On the day of the Lord, when He returns "from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels" (2 TH 1:7), all people, those who know God and those who don't, will see the greatness of His glory. On that day God will make all things right, bringing retribution and relief to those who have faced trouble in His name (2  Th 1:5-7), and He will be fully glorified in His holy people (2 TH 1:10). And we will glorified in Him. In the next chapter Paul will reiterate this and say that God called us through the gospel so that we "might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2 TH 2:14).

"So when Jesus is revealed in His glory, He will be glorified in His people. We will not only see, but share, His glory...We will be radically and permanently changed, being transformed into His likeness. And in our transformation His glory will be seen in us, for we will glow forever with the glory of Christ, as indeed He glowed with the glory of His Father (John 14:13)." ~John Stott

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
“Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen."
Romans 11:33-36

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