Anticipation of Admiration
Pauls’ two letters to the Thessalonians emphasize the return of Jesus. In verses 7-9 Paul emphasizes the judgment of God against those who do not know Him. That will certainly be part of the return of Christ. But it’s not all bad…in fact, the rest is quite good, amazingly good. Here is what Paul writes in verse 10: “10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” Don’t miss the key word here, “believe”. Paul’s testimony of the gospel of Christ was believed by some of the Thessalonians. The testimony of the gospel of Christ has been believed by many over the last 2000 years. When Jesus returns, those who believe in Him will admire Him and He will be glorified by them. I was struck by the word “admire” in this passage. I think the word has both a positive and negative side. Some seek the admiration of others. Others receive the admiration of others. There is a big difference. Does the sin of this world keep me from properly admiring Jesus, from giving Him the admiration He is due? I think it can. I can’t wait to see Jesus and to experience His presence in all His glory, apart from the limitations placed on me by my sin. I hope you have the same anticipation of admiration.