Christ In You The Hope of Glory

Colossians 1:26-27
26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 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.

What is the mystery?

1 Corinthians 2:7-8
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

God hid the mystery from the devil. He did not want him to know his plan. If he had, Satan would never of had Jesus Crucified. The only way that God could fulfill His plan was for Jesus to die for our sins, so that we might receive Him as our saviour and have Him not only dwell with us as in Old Testament times, but that He would DWELL IN US! 

Not only did the devil not know who it was that was going to defeat him, he had no conception of idea, that God could live inside of us.  It was so outside of his scope of understanding or conception.  It was a brilliant plan devised by the creator of everything!  It had to be something that seemed impossible.  But as we know, with God, all things are possible. The idea that the God head, Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwells in us is beyond anything that anyone can imagine, and yet it is so! We can't explain it, we just accept it by Faith. It was and still is, the Great Mystery of Salvation!

Ephesians 3:8-12

Purpose of the Mystery

8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

Because of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, we now have access to heaven. Both on this earth through our prayers and fellowship with God, and when we leave this earth, we will forever live with Him in Heaven! That is our hope of glory!

As God revealed this to me as I was searching the scriptures, tears ran down my face. What a revelation! Yes I have always known that Christ was in me, since I was five. And I guess sometimes we take for granted what He did for us. But to know that God the Father, carefully hid all of this from our mortal enemy all throughout the Bible, just to bring us back to Him. I can't help but cry to know that He loves you and me this much. That He desires to have us with Him this much! To let His son go through all He did, just for us. My heart cannot contain what is welling up in me as I type this. I feel born again....again. Like fresh oil is being poured out on me. I pray that God will reveal this to you as you read this, as He did to me as I wrote it. A true case of revelation knowledge!

"CHRIST IN YOU, YOUR HOPE OF GLORY!"

Paul knew the importance of the mystery and that God wanted it revealed to His believers, His children. So he prayed this prayer for the church.  Not just the church of his time but for all believers that were to come. This is a powerful prayer that you can pray for yourself and for others to receive revelation of the mystery of the Gospel.

Ephesians 1:15-23
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
 

God wants His people to know the mystery of Christ.  Why He came, why He died and why He rose again. The Old Testament saints and prophets knew He was coming, but had no specifics of who He was.  It was all part of hiding the identity of Christ and what his mission was. There were prophesies of where he would be born and so on but nothing to reveal who he would be.


Romans 16:25-27

25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

Mark 4:10-12

10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, 12 so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them."

But as children of God, we need understand the fullness of what his redemption plan means

Ephesians 3:1-7

The Mystery Revealed

3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

Paul was so committed to have believers understand the full and true meaning of Christ's sacrifice that he prayed the following prayer as well. You can pray it for yourself and others.


Ephesians 3:14-19

Appreciation of the Mystery

14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

In Conclusion

1 Timothy 3:16

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.


Philippians 3:9-1

7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

To know Him, and the power of His resurrection. The great mystery of the Gospel!

His present day mission

Hebrews 7:24-27

24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; 27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

He never ceases to pray for us.  To go before the Father on our behalf! What a great salvation we have!  Thank you Father for your marvellous gift to us all!

Christ in Us, The Hope of Glory!

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