2 Thessalonians 1:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Thessalonians 1:10, NIV: on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

2 Thessalonians 1:10, ESV: 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, KJV: When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

2 Thessalonians 1:10, NASB: when He comes to be glorified among His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—because our testimony to you was believed.

2 Thessalonians 1:10, NLT: When he comes on that day, he will receive glory from his holy people--praise from all who believe. And this includes you, for you believed what we told you about him.

2 Thessalonians 1:10, CSB: on that day when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marveled at by all those who have believed, because our testimony among you was believed.

What does 2 Thessalonians 1:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse teaches that God will execute judgment on unbelievers when Jesus comes back. This promise refers to Jesus' second coming, not to the rapture. He does not execute judgment at the rapture, but lifts Christians up from the earth to be with Him at that time. At His second coming to earth believers will glorify Him and also share in His glory. Colossians 1:27 says Christ in us is "the hope of glory." Suffering is for just a little while, but glory lies ahead. Believers will enter Jesus' earthly kingdom to reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12) and to be dazzled by His glory. In 2 Thessalonians 1:10 Paul includes the Thessalonian believers in the prospect of marveling at Jesus, he writes, "because our testimony to you was believed."

This bright prospect of the day Jesus will be glorified in His saints and marveled at among all who have believed makes current suffering seem light. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:17, "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison."