Glorified and Marveled | Come, Lord Jesus

“…when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed…” 2nd Thessalonians 1:10

“The heart of the matter is that the ultimate purpose of God’s glorification in Jesus Christ happens most fully and climactically when God’s people experience his glory as profoundly marvelous. I say profoundly because moderate affections reflect poorly on the beloved. God did not command us to love him with half our heart or two-thirds of our heart, but “with all [our] heart” (Matt. 22:37). “Serve him with all your heart” (Josh. 22:5). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Prov. 3:5). “Seek [him] with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). “Return to [him] with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). “Rejoice and exalt with all your heart” (Zeph. 3:14). Even though we fall short of this destiny in this life, we will not fall short on that day. Christ is not returning to receive moderate marveling.

“On that day, we will see him, we will be changed so as to feel what we ought (1 John 3:2). And that feeling of the heart–that Glory-inspired marveling–will be the ultimate purpose of all things. God in Christ will be most glorified in our being most satisfied in him. The divine aim is not only the revelation of glory. Nor is the aim only the joyful marveling of the saints. Rather, the aim is both–the glory calling forth the joyful marveling, the joyful marveling confirming the worth and beauty and greatness of the glory. This is the heart of the matter. This is the divine purpose of all things.”

John Piper, Come, Lord Jesus, Pg. 55

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