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Christ in You–the Hope of Glory!

Scripture reading for September 7th:  Colossians 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Colossians 1:24-27  “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the Church.  I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations but is now disclosed to the saints.  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.”

Paul rejoiced as he suffered in jail for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He rejoiced that he had the privilege to serve Christ’s body, the Church, through preaching the full word of God and suffering in his flesh!  He had held nothing back so that their faith would rest on the firm foundation of God’s word and the faith that came from hearing it.  There was a mystery that had been hidden from other generations and the Jews that God now revealed to all those “saints” who trusted in Christ.  This “mystery” was that Christ Jesus would live in each believer through the indwelling Holy Spirit and revealing the glory of Christ in ever increasing measure.

Observations for over-comers:  We are the temple of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, who indwells us and sets us apart to enjoy His presence and glory forever!  “I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”  As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all My delight.” (Psalm 16:2-3)

 

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Test yourselves!

Scripture reading for August 15th:  2nd Corinthians 13

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  2nd Corinthians 13:2-5  “I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time.  I now repeat it while absent:  On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others, since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me.  He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.  For to be sure, He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power.  Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you.  Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test.”

Pastor Paul was concerned about those in the church that were still living in sin.  He had warned the church that this was dangerous and repeated the warning that these people should be dealt with.  He would come in Christ’s authority and power to deal with these people if necessary. But a better way was for them to do a healthy self-examination.  Each member must test themselves to see whether they were truly in the faith through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit.  When we have Christ in us, we have the power to repent and live free from sin.

Observations for over-comers:  Regular self-examinations concerning Christ in us is a healthy form of discipline. “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”  (Proverbs 12:1)

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The Hope of Glory!

Scripture reading for December 3rd: Colossians 1-4

Jesus Christ is the most important person in the entire universe!  He is the firstborn Son of God and is over all creation! (Colossians 1:15)  He is the head of all authority in heaven and on earth!  He created all things and holds it all together!  He existed before everything that was made and is clearly supreme in every way!

Jesus Christ is the head of the church, His body on earth and in heaven.  He birthed the church by dying sacrificially on the cross in order to redeem all mankind who would believe on Him.  He was also the firstborn from the dead by resurrection! (Colossians 1:19-20)  He reconciled us to God the Father, making peace through His own blood shed on the cross!  He now lives in us by the Holy Spirit who marks us as belonging to the Father.  This truth was a mystery hidden in God before Christ was revealed.  Now this mystery has been revealed through the Gospel and is available to Jews and Gentiles alike!

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.  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.” (Colossians 2:26-27)

The greatest riches in the universe is Christ Jesus!  Having Christ in us brings joy, peace with God, and an unbelievable inheritance! Paul calls this inheritance the “hope of glory”!  Hope is a firm expectation of coming good!  It is not some vaporous thought that maybe something will happen.  Hope doesn’t disappoint us because we know this glory is coming!   When we see Him, we shall be like Him in glory!  (1st John 3:2-3)  This hope causes us to purify our lives and live a righteous life of obedient faith.

Christmas is coming!  The best gift anyone could ever receive is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”!  Why not pray about sharing Christ with those you love who do not know Him?  Pray like Paul in Colossians 4:3-6 that you may have an open door, proclaim the message clearly, and be wise!

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The hope of Glory!

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 there 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!

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Self examination of your soul!

Scripture reading for September 13th: 2nd Corinthians 13:1-14

Paul was coming for his third visit and promised to address their problems with the sins he listed.  Some people there were questioning Paul’s authority and the power of Christ.  He told them that every matter would be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.  He had warned them on the second visit and now was prepared to deal with those who had not repented.  “. . .since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me.  He is not weak in dealing with you but is powerful among you.  For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power.  Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you.” (2nd Corinthians 13:3-4)  It was Christ’s power in Paul’s weak body that made him a servant of Christ to help them.  Christ would not put up with sin in His body!

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?  And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.” (2nd Corinthians 13:5-6)   Paul told them to test themselves for Christ in their life.  The real test of true Christianity is Christ living in us.  Paul knew that Christ lived in his body and was confident that these Corinthians would see that in him.  (Galatians 2:20)  They also would be able to know whether or not Christ was in them!

Paul was writing this letter to help these Corinthian Christian make the needed corrections in their lives before he came and would need to use his authority in person.  His desire and Christ’s was for their perfection!  His final words showed his heart to these brothers:  “Finally, brothers, good-by.  Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2nd Corinthians 13:11)

If we will take godly correction from those God places in our lives, we will make progress towards perfection!  If we don’t aim for perfection, we surely won’t hit it by accident!  We must help one another in order to make progress and to work at living in peace.  God will work in us and love us to perfection!

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The new Temple of God!

Scripture reading for August 7th: 1st Corinthians 3:5-23

The Corinthians were babes in their thinking.  They were following various teachers who had been preaching in their area.  There was pride and competition going on.  Some were bragging about their teacher Apollos and others boasted about Paul being a great apostle.  But these were merely servants who Christ Jesus had used to sow into their lives.  (1st Corinthians 3:5-7)

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.” (1st Corinthians 3:16-17)  By their quarreling and divisions, they were destroying the unity of the body of Christ.  They did not understand that the real temple of God was now their own bodies individually and their gathering together in unity corporately.  God’s Spirit lived in them and they were now sacred.  Others who loved Jesus were sacred too, regardless of who they had been discipled and taught by.

Paul used the analogy of building a house.  As an apostle, he had come and helped lay the foundation for the new temple.  This foundation had been laid by God and Jesus Christ was the cornerstone!  No other foundation could be laid for this new temple!  (1st Corinthians 3:10-11)  Paul then talked about building on the foundation with different building materials.  Some builders used gold, silver and costly stones.  Others used wood, hay or straw.  The costly building materials made for a more permanent house.  The wood, hay and straw were very temporary and not so beautiful.

The day when Christ Jesus returns will test the building materials.  “. .his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light.  It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.  If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.  If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but as through the flames.” (1st Corinthians 3:13-15)

As the new temple of God, we must be allowing the Spirit to build our temple with the gold of faith.  We must use the silver to make our temple a house of service.  The precious jewels are those we win to Christ by our faithful service.  May your temple bring glory on that Day of fire!

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Christ in You, the hope of Glory!

Scripture reading for December 3rd: Colossians 1-4

Jesus Christ is the most important person in the entire universe!  He is the firstborn Son of God and over all creation! (Colossians 1:15)  He is the head of all authority in heaven and on earth!  He existed before everything that was made and is clearly supreme in every way!

Jesus Christ is the head of the church, His body on earth and in heaven.  He birthed the church by dying sacrificially on the cross in order to redeem all mankind.  He was also the firstborn from the dead by resurrection! (Colossians 1:19-20)  He reconciled us to God the Father, making peace through His own blood shed on the cross!  He now lives in us by the Holy Spirit who marks us as belonging to the Father.  This truth was a mystery hidden in God before Christ was revealed.  Now this mystery has been revealed through the Gospel and is available to Jews and Gentiles alike!

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.  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.” (Colossians 2:26-27)

The greatest treasure is not gold or silver!  Having Christ in us brings joy, peace with God, and an unbelievable inheritance! Paul calls this inheritance the “hope of glory”!  When he talks about hope here, it is not “I hope that I see this glory”.  That is my “blessed hope”!  Hope is a firm expectation of coming good!  Hope doesn’t disappoint us because we know this glory is coming!  It is the glory of the resurrected Christ!  It is the glory of a resurrection body for us!   When we see Him, we shall be like Him in glory!  (1st John 3:2-3)  This hope causes us to live a righteous life of obedient faith.

Christmas is coming!  The best gift anyone could ever receive is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”!  Why not pray about sharing Christ with those you love who do not know Him?  Pray like Paul in Colossians 4:3-6 that you may have an open door, proclaim the message clearly, and be wise!  God bless your giving!

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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!

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Christ in You, the Hope of Glory!

Scripture reading for December 3rd: Colossians 1-4

Jesus Christ is the most important person in the entire universe!  He is the firstborn Son of God and is over all creation! (Colossians 1:15)  He is the head of all authority in heaven and on earth!  He created all things and holds it all together!  He existed before everything that was made and is clearly supreme in every way!

Jesus Christ is the head of the church, His body on earth and in heaven.  He birthed the church by dying sacrificially on the cross in order to redeem all mankind who would believe on Him.  He was also the firstborn from the dead by resurrection! (Colossians 1:19-20)  He reconciled us to God the Father, making peace through His own blood shed on the cross!  He now lives in us by the Holy Spirit who marks us as belonging to the Father.  This truth was a mystery hidden in God before Christ was revealed.  Now this mystery has been revealed through the Gospel and is available to Jews and Gentiles alike!

“I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.  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.” (Colossians 2:26-27)

The greatest riches in the universe is Christ Jesus!  Having Christ in us brings joy, peace with God, and an unbelievable inheritance! Paul calls this inheritance the “hope of glory”!  When he talks about hope here, it is not “I hope that I see this glory”.  That is my “blessed hope”!  Hope is a firm expectation of coming good!  It is not some vaporous thought that maybe something will happen.  Hope doesn’t disappoint us because we know this glory is coming!  It is the glory of the resurrected Christ in His glory!  It is the glory of a resurrection body for us!   When we see Him, we shall be like Him in glory!  (1st John 3:2-3)  This hope causes us to purify our lives and live a righteous life of obedient faith.

Christmas is coming!  The best gift anyone could ever receive is “Christ in you, the hope of glory”!  Why not pray about sharing Christ with those you love who do not know Him?   The mystery is out in the open!  We can go public!  Pray like Paul in Colossians 4:3-6 that you may have an open door, proclaim the message clearly, and be wise!  God bless your giving!

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