Muddled Marveling

Even though I don’t wear cowboy boots, and I ride a Harley instead of a horse, some may be getting the idea that I’m a wrangler, especially on Wednesday nights. I say that because, contrary to Paul’s admonition that we refrain from wrangling over words, it might appear that that’s what I do at our Bible study.

Last week we were looking at II Thess. 1:10-12. The week before we spent the entire class time on verse 9, trying to determine if Paul was opening the door to the eventual annihilation of the wicked. Last week we struggled over the question of who would be marveled at, at the Second Coming.

Obviously, we’ll marvel at the glory of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But Paul speaks of Him coming to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed. Does that mean He’ll simply be marveled at in the midst of His saints, or that there will be something in the saints that is also marvelous and glorious?

In verse 12 Paul says that the Lord Jesus will be “glorified in you, and you in Him.” That almost seems to indicate a mutual sharing of glory in heaven. And in verse 11 Paul said that he prayed God would count us worthy of His calling, and challenged us to fulfill every desire for goodness and work of faith that we have.

Whether those desires come from Him, or from us after realizing all He has done for us, we didn’t agree. But we did agree that the ability to fulfill those desires are made possible only by His power, through the work of the Holy Spirit in our life.

So what’s the point of our possible wrangling? The thing that excited me was thinking that not only will we bow before His glory in heaven, but that if we have lived lives that are worthy of His calling, we will share in His glory. If that doesn’t challenge us to live a Christ honoring life, I don’t know what will.

When responding to a text I received later that night from someone struggling over who was being marveled at, I responded by simply saying, “Maybe both Jesus and the saints will be marveled at. Only thing I’m sure of is that it will be marvelous!”

God Bless, Rick

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