We Will Be Relieved When God Takes Vengeance on Our Enemies

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2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed — for our testimony to you was believed. ( bold for emphasis, NASB)

 

This passage speaks of Christ’s judgment and glory. And this will occur first at His second coming, and then at the Great White Throne, following His millennial reign on the earth.

In this second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul is congratulating them for their faithful endurance, even in the terrible persecutions they were suffering. And he explained to them that God would use their persecutions to demonstrate His righteous judgment, and thus to make them worthy of the kingdom (v. 5).

And when He comes and deals out His retribution on their enemies, they at that moment (being in their transformed bodies) will share His glory and will be relieved and at rest—or as the text puts it, when He comes He will be “glorified in His saints on that day.”

And on that day of vengeance (which, again, will be at the end of the seven year tribulation, and also at the Great White Throne) we too will share His glory and thus will be relieved and comforted for eternity.  And we are comforted even now in the knowledge that all our enemies will be punished.  Yes, His wrath on them will continue for eternity away from the presence of the Lord.

 

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