Belief & Glory

“Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?'” (John 11:40)

These words of Jesus, spoken to Martha before He raised Lazarus from the dead, could well have been spoken to each of us, in our own personal situations. It is such an amazing promise; it should be one of our most quoted, and most referenced verses, in all the word of God. This is what it is all about: “If you believe, you will see the glory of God.”

— It applies to salvation in general: “If you believe (in Jesus as your Lord & Savior) then you will see the glory of God” forever in heaven. This is what salvation IS. God made us to be satisfied with His glory forever, but “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We lost our connection with His glory by our sin — but it is restored by Jesus Christ! II Thessalonians 2:14 says “It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ”! In other words, “if you believe” in Jesus as your Lord & Savior, “you will see the glory of God” in heaven forever!

— But it also applies in our specific life situations, like Martha’s here. “If you believe (what Jesus is able to do in this situation) you will see the glory of God.” Martha DID believe, and she and others saw Jesus’ glory manifested in the raising of her brother Lazarus from the dead.

Jesus’ promise also applies to OUR specific situations, as well as to our salvation. If we believe in Jesus; if we believe who He is and what He can do — then we will see His glory in specific, particular situations in OUR lives as well!

Our challenge is to believe. Believe who He is. Believe what He can do. “If you believe, you will see the glory of God”!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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