…so as to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus among you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NASB
In order to fully comprehend what it means to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus, we need to take in what Paul was inspired to write to the Thessalonians and to us. He gives us perspective for our life before God with our fellow saints in this world in the midst of heathens and for our eternal life, God with us in the new heaven and new earth. You can read 1 Thessalonians in less than 10 minutes and savor it forever. WMB link
Paul begins 2 Thessalonians in the same vein.
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, even as it is appropriate, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of each and every one of you toward one another abounds, so that we ourselves boast about you in the assemblies of God for your perseverance and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which you endure. This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that you may be counted worthy of God’s Kingdom, for which you also suffer. Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay affliction to those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us, when the Lord Yeshua is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, punishing those who don’t know God, and to those who don’t obey the Good News of our Lord Yeshua, who will pay the penalty: eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes in that day to be glorified in his holy ones and to be admired among all those who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
With that perspective, Paul concludes 2 Thessalonians 1 with this prayer:
To this end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Yeshua may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 2 Thessalon1ans 1:11-12
…worthy of your calling…
In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul exhorted them and us to walk worthily of God who calls us into his own Kingdom and glory.
As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children, to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory. 1 Th 2:11-12
Paul exhorted the Ephesians and us:
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph 4:1-3
“… and fulfill every desire of goodness…”
Goodness is spiritually intrinsic (inherent, inborn, deep rooted in our born again spirit), with stress on the kindly (rather than the righteous) side of goodness.
God works in us to will and to work His good pleasure. He fulfills our “every desire of goodness,” expressing His goodness in and through us.
For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. Php 2:13
There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one immersion, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all. Eph 4:4-5
God fulfills every desire of goodness by the Spirit.
… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Gal 5:22-23a
Let no one deceive you with empty words. For because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. Therefore don’t be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, proving what is well pleasing to the Lord. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather even reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by the light, for everything that reveals is light. Therefore he says, “Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Messiah will shine on you.” Eph 5:6-14
We who trust in Jesus Christ and walk in His way are full of goodness.
I myself am also persuaded about you, my brothers [and sisters], that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish others. Paul Ro 15:14
…and fulfill every … work of faith with power…
God created us in Christ Jesus walk in good works.
…for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Eph 2:8-10
Good works are anything we do that is motivated by God’s love. A mother or father or sister or brother changing a loaded diaper is a good work done for the baby and those in the vicinity.
God’s power works mightily in us, fulfilling every work of faith with power.
For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Yeshua which is among you, and the love which you have toward all the holy ones, don’t cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the holy ones, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he worked in Messiah, when he raised him from the dead and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, authority, power, dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. He put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things for the assembly, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Eph 1:15-23
…that the name of our Lord Yeshua may be glorified in you…
Our Lord’s reputation is in our hands. People judge Him by us. The name of our Lord Jesus is glorified in us as we walk worthily of our Lord Jesus, our King.
For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the holy ones in light, who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together. He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence. For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him, and through him to reconcile all things to himself by him, whether things on the earth or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross. Col 1:9-19
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Php 2:1-11 NASB
That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ …may be glorified in you, and you in him…
A twofold glorification: Christ is glorified in you and you are glorified in Christ.
You here refers primarily to our community identity as it did in Paul’s salutation.
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 2 Thessalon1ans 1:1-2
…according to the grace of our God and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
Grace has a twofold meaning, 1. favor with God and the Lord Jesus Christ, 2. gifting from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. By God’s grace/charin working in us, He “fulfills every desire of goodness and work of faith with power.”
All Scripture quoted is from WMB unless otherwise noted.