Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

Hidden within the final verses of the first chapter of Colossians is a magnificent truth.

Paul was a minister of the gospel – the good news of God’s love – because God offered a magnificent gift to people who follow Jesus.

Colossians 1.25-27 – I became its minister according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,

The mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints.

To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

God’s great gift is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (verse 27).

What is glory?

The Hebrew word for “glory” speaks of “being heavy or weighty” and has the meaning of: “to honor, to deem respectful, to deem high.”

Rudy Ross points out in today’s YouTube video that there is more than one word that can be translated as “glory” in Hebrew, which a quick look at the Internet shows.

Hebrew people had great honor and respect for the glory of the Lord. God led his people out of slavery by his glory.

“The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night” (Exodus 13.21).

We read that “the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud” (Exodus 16.10) and “the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai and the cloud covered it” (Exodus 24.16).

Rudy notes that the cloud covered God’s glory to protect the people.

This is what John proclaimed: “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only Son, full of grace and truth” (John 1.14).

Like the cloud, it was the grace of God that enabled humans to behold God’s glory without being vaporized by his very presence.

After Solomon dedicated the Temple with a prayer, “fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple” (2 Chronicles 7.1).

The innermost part of the Temple was called the “Holy of Holies,” because God met the high priest there. It was the place where the glory of God touched the earth.

Don’t miss it!

Let’s not miss the significance of Paul’s words, “Christ in you the hope of glory.”

All that we have written about the glory of God is available to followers of Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus dwells in us and enables us to experience his glory.

The presence of God is no longer manifested in a cloud, a pillar of fire, or the Temple. God’s presence resides in humans who trust their lives to Jesus.

Some of the great Bible truths of the New Testament should come alive to us when we realize that God is willing to place his glory in mere mortals.

John 15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

We are privileged to abide in Christ and experience his glory.

Galatians 2:19-20I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.

And the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Our old self-centered self is dead and Christ lives in us. “In Christ” and “in the Spirit” are interchangeable expressions.

Christ living in us is the hope of glory, the presence, and the power of God.

Ephesians 5:18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.

Just as the glory filled the Temple, the glory of God through the Holy Spirit will fill us.

The Result

Paul writes about “maturity” three times in this brief section. The mention of God’s glory should move us toward maturity.

Colossians 1.28-29 – It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

For this I toil and strive with all the energy that he powerfully inspires within me.

When we think about the astounding opportunity to experience the glory of God in our lives, we should strive for it with all of our energy.

We also should strive to introduce everyone in our sphere of influence to the Greatest Being of All, Jesus.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage in today’s YouTube video. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. You will appreciate Rudy’s insights.

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