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Christ in You, the Hope of Glory


By Benjamin H. Liles

          To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. ~ Colossians 1:27-28, NKJV


          If what Paul is saying about Christ being "In you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus," then it makes sense what the essence of the gospel of Christ is about. 

          God, the Father, is a revealer of Himself. When He walked with Abraham, or you could say Abraham walked with God, He showed him "Great and mighty things" even while he was without child and as good as dead. However, Abraham walked with God due to his faith in what he was told.


          I want to show something here, so let me illustrate this point: some people know me and are dear friends as a result. By knowing me for years, we both have a benefit of each others company; laughter, tears, joy, pain. I think the point of our walk with God is the utmost honesty we can give Him and not just our faith in Him, that He exists, or that Christ paid the price for our sins.

          It stands that "God chose to let his people know this rich and glorious secret, which he has for all people. This ·secret is that Christ lives in you. He is our only hope for glory" (Expanded Bible on Colossians 1:27). So, how do we obtain this?

          It is by putting our faith in Him who saves. Jesus Christ laid Himself down on the cross on our part. Without having done so we would still be separated from the love of the Father. By giving up willfully sinning and taking the life He offers to us we have an abundance and no lack. It means being remorseful enough committing sins, having a change of mind and turning back around (repentance), to live a holy and pleasing life unto Him.

          We have His righteousness given to us for our unrighteousness; His glory for our inglorious nature; His love in return for our unloving nature, both toward Him and then to others. It is far better coming to know God, the Father, Jesus Christ, the Son, and thus receiving His Holy Spirit, walking with Him, knowing Him and His heart, talking to Him of what we go through - openly and candidly - and simply enjoying having rest and peace in Him.

          Father God, I thank You for all that You do. Not just for me, but for others too. You are far more holy than I ever could hope to be. In spite of that I will do my best to live my life separate from this world, to show Your glory and love to others. I feel it is my duty of love, not just to fulfill Your command to love and obey You, but to love my neighbor as myself. I want to show Your saving work and grace at work within my life. I can't do it on my own, but by Your hand and Your help. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.