SEPTEMBER 13

Christ in you, the Hope of Glory!

Bible Reading: Colossians 1:24-29

Colossians 1:27, “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.”

“Christ in you, the hope of glory!”–as Paul traveled and taught, this was at the heart of the mystery he proclaimed, a message regarding the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).  Paul was willing to endure all sorts of troubles in his endeavor to make it known (Colossians 1:24; Ephesians 3:1; 2 Timothy 2:8-10).  It’s estimated by biblical scholars that Paul would have traveled over 10,000 miles, by foot, on his missionary journeys.  That would be equal to walking from New York to Los Angeles 4X. Along the way he was confronted by various obstacles and threats, as detailed in 2 Corinthians 11:23-27: “—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.  Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.”

Paul’s love for Christ and love for others so motivated him that he gladly embraced all that!  As he went from place to place, he knew he bore with him the treasure of a message well worth sharing.  By God’s grace, that message, “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” was likewise brought to you.

It’s not just that you know of Christ as a historical figure who once lived on earth.  Nor is it that you know about Him, as a theologian might know about the main tenets of Christology.  Nor is it that you know of Him as you might know of the name and occupation of an acquaintance, or friend.  The intimacy of your relationship with Christ transcends the nearness of the best of earthly relationships.  This is because you don’t just know of Him, or about Him, He lives in you!  How incredible is that!  Especially considering what’s been related to us thus far in this epistle regarding Christ.  He is the creator of all things, the One who holds all things together, the preeminent One, the One who has purchased your redemption by His blood—it is He who is even now IN you!

He has been in your heart since when you first trusted in Him for salvation.  Never a day has gone by where He has left you alone.  Things are sometimes messy IN you.  If you were a house you’d have need of a deep cleaning to host such a guest!  There are rooms and places where you’ve probably attempted to shut Him out.  Though He is well aware of all of this, per His promise, He’s never left you, nor forsaken you (Hebrews 13:5).  And though He intercedes before the very throne of God in heaven for you, He is nonetheless so immanent He is IN you.

You’ve no other friend like Him.  No friend so true and faithful!  No other friend so loving and patient and kind!  No friend so glorious!  It is the ministry of the Spirit of God to glorify the Son of God.  The Spirit is ever working to unveil to you the manifold beauty of the person of Jesus.  And Jesus’ presence in you foretells of a future unveiling unto His glory!  Where is this friend, who is in you, leading you?  To glory!  Sometimes the journey gets long and wearisome.  The light dims to where it is hard to see and stay on the pathway.  It’s easy to get discouraged.  But you are not alone.  The Apostle Paul traveled thousands of miles to make Jesus known, because unsearchable riches are bound up in Him!  You now possess these unsearchable riches!  He is in you and His presence in you works to assure you of your glorious destiny!

O THAT WILL BE GLORY

When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore
Will through the ages be glory for me.

Refrain:
O that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me;
When by His grace I shall look at His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me

When by the gift of His infinite grace,
I am accorded in heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face
Will through the ages be glory for me. [Refrain]

Friends will be there I have loved long ago;
Joy like a river around me will flow;
Yet just a smile from my Savior, I know,
Will through the ages be glory for me. [Refrain]

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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