The Hope of Glory! (Christ in You)
Scripture reading for October 5th: Colossians 1:20-2:7
The Colossians came from a Gentile background. They were alienated from God because of their lack of understanding about Him and His holy character. Paul came to them and preached the Gospel of Christ. It was through Christ’s death on the cross, burial and resurrection that these Gentiles had been reconciled to God. Through faith they had been washed of their sins and made holy and blameless in Christ’s sight. (Colossians 1:21-23)
Paul told these believers that he was a servant of the Gospel. Christ had commissioned him to present them with the word of God in its fullness. Paul was glad to do this, even suffering for the sake of the church like Christ Himself did. “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” (Colossians 1:27-28) The Gospel is good news for all mankind! It is a simple message that reveals Christ as the Son of God and Savior of men. Those who trust in Him receive the gift of Christ living in them by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the hope of our future glorification!
Paul wanted no one to perish, but all to be complete in Christ. He wrote and taught about Christ and struggled in prayer for believers because he had the heart of God for them. God wanted them all complete in Christ as well. But their were other voices competing for the attention of these believers. The false teachers had some slick arguments and enticing stories that could deceive those ignorant of the Truth.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” They must grow in their relationship with Christ and become deeply connected with Him through the word and prayer, staying true to the basic teachings of Christ with thankful hearts. This is sound advice for each of us today. Many leave the faith to follow other ways that sound good but lead them astray. The mystery is simple: Christ in you, the hope of glory!