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Thankful for Revealed Secrets!

Scripture reading for February 24th:  Deuteronomy 25-29

Key Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 29:29  “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”  

God made a covenant with His people.  He had them recite the blessings that would overtake them if they obeyed God’s law.  He had another group recite the curses that would come after them if they disobeyed and broke the covenant.  This covenant truth was for God’s people then and for all generations.  The Law revealed God’s holiness and love for His people, calling them to live by faith in every Word and ultimately in Jesus Christ!

Rejoice in the ‘mystery’ revealed:  God, in Christ Jesus, revealed the mystery of salvation for Jew and Gentile through faith in Christ’s shed blood!  “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given to me:  to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for past ages was kept hidden in God, who created all things.”  (Ephesians 3:8-9)

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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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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 life of Christ in me!

Scripture reading for October 7th: Colossians 3:1-17

True Christian thinking involves identification with Christ in His resurrection.  Not only have we died with Christ, been buried with Christ, but we are raised up with Christ! (Galatians 2:20)  Christ also ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father and we have been raised to identify with Christ in glory!  The Holy Spirit is the Gift of the Father who enables us to identify with Christ and transforms to be like Him. (Ephesians 1:13-14)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4) Christ is also coming again.  When He appears, we will also appear with Him!  We have the fullness of Christ given to us and can expect the eternal truths that Christ taught to come to pass.  (Colossians 2:9-10)  We have a new perspective from being raised with Christ!

As we change our focus from this life to Christ’s life, we begin to put off the things of our earthly nature that displeased God and caused trouble with others.  Our focus is on pleasing Christ and preparing to meet Him instead of ourselves and our fleshly desires.  All the old ways of immorality, lust, greed and idolatry were put to death on the cross so we can put them out of our lives.  In their place, we put on the new self, “which is being renewed in the knowledge and image of the Creator.” (Colossians 3:10)  Christ becomes our new identity.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you have have against one another.  . .Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of on body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. . .” (Colossians 3:12-16a)  Christ’s life produces identity and purpose in our lives.  We have a calling to live  in Christ’s peace knowing our sins are forgiven.  What a gift to thank God for every day!

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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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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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