Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:24-29
“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.” (Colossians 1:21)
The word “mystery” used in this passage and in other passages from Paul’s epistles refers to something that was previously hidden or that was only vaguely known in the past but that has now been made clear. In this case, Paul is referring to God’s great plan of redemption that came through the one and only Messiah, Jesus Christ. In particular, he is revealing how the plan of redemption now includes the Gentile believers.
Throughout the Old Testament there are hints of this plan which God has unfolded through the ages. Now the mystery is clear — “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” The central story line found from Genesis to Revelation is about God redeeming a sinful people to Himself through the work of His beloved Son. We see Christ all through the Old Testament but the fulfillment came with His incarnation and ministry on earth. It culminated with His death, resurrection and ascension into heaven.
The Gentiles were not privileged to the promises, covenants and Scriptures found in the Old Testament. But now in Christ, they have been ingrafted into the people of God. “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6).
Paul in Colossians sums up the mystery that has now been revealed with these glorious words — “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Christ now lives in us (Galatians 2:20). We are never alone. His presence and power are always with us. His presence in us assures us of our eternal destiny — the hope of glory. Nothing and no one can prevent us from receiving our glorious inheritance. Christ in us makes it secure.
Lord Jesus, Thank You for making me part of Your family. Thank Your for grafting me into Your covenant blessings. I know that You live in me and that I am never alone. I also know that because You live in me my eternal destiny is secure. I rejoice when I think — Christ is in me and He is the hope of glory!
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