“Marveling at Jesus” is part of A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.
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Marveling at Jesus
. . . when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.
2 Thessalonians 1:10
When God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4), there was a definite goal, both with respect to our position before God and our practice toward Him. Being “in him,” we are holy and blameless before the Father, solely based on Christ’s righteousness. Additionally, He also desires us to be holy and blameless.
It’s obvious that we’ll never attain such perfection in this fallen world, but we’re saved with the certainty that we’ll be holy and blameless when we die or when He comes again. That’s “the hope laid up for you in heaven” (Col. 1:5).
Salvation is much more than having a righteous position before the Father; it also means that His life is our life. Jesus gave the best illustration: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
From the moment we’re saved, we have “the vine” as our life. Any righteousness, whether in word or deed, flows from Jesus. That’s why Paul wrote: “Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Phil. 1:11). Whenever we see other believers do anything right, even though it is imperfect (there’s no perfect righteous word or deed in this fallen world), we’re to acknowledge and marvel at Christ. His life is the sole cause.
When Jesus comes back, He will “be glorified in his saints.” That means we’ll be instantly perfect, enjoying His righteousness forevermore. There’ll be such an infusion of His life that we’ll be perfectly righteous in all our being and doing. The Vine will be so manifested “in his saints” that all the branches will flawlessly manifest His glory.
At that time, seeing the perfect righteousness of all the saved ones, we’ll marvel at Christ. We’ll deeply realize that He is our righteousness, not just in position but in practice. Then we’ll experience the inseparable union between Christ and His body, having Him as our identity.