In Isaiah 61:3, God prophesied that the Messiah would fundamentally change who we are and that He would be glorified as a result. Look at what He says: “So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified”.
In this verse, God calls us oaks of righteousness. When an oak tree first pushes through the ground as a seedling, it is 100 percent an oak tree already. For the remainder of its life, it will simply grow more and more into the oak tree it already is. In the same way, God wants you to understand that you’re as righteous as you will ever be the moment you are saved. You and I will never be more righteous, no matter how long we live. From that point until we die, however, we can grow more and more like who we already are, as a righteous person in Christ.
That verse ends by saying that because God made us righteous, we can glorify Him. The clear meaning is that because we are righteous in our identity in Christ, we can live like who we are. This is spiritual growth and spiritual maturity. This is what gives God glory.
© God’s Best-Kept Secret by Mark Maulding