In today’s bible reading, Apostle Paul serves the good news of how the death of Christ redeemed every believer.
At one time, our evil ways created a barrier and made us the enemies of God in our minds. However, the death of Christ bought us holiness and freedom, making us without blame.
Paul admonished us to stay rooted and firm in faith, holding on to the hope accompanied by the good news we have heard.
Paul expresses his gladness at what Christ did for us, whilst pointing out his willingness to serve the body of Christ, which is the church.
He revealed the mystery hidden in God’s word; which is ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’.
Paul admits he works hard to preach Christ and draw people unto Him, striving to make them perfect as God’s people. All these he achieves only because Christ’s strength is perfectly at work in him.
Paul acknowledges the struggles he goes through just to encourage the people of Laodicea and others, so we will truly know Christ who aside from being the key to God’s mystery; also has all wisdom and knowledge.
The apostle expresses his Joy in knowing the people of God are keeping the faith, whilst encouraging all to make Christ our foundation.
The mystery in God’s word is; Christ in you is indeed the hope of Glory.
If you consider the trials, temptations and tribulations you pass through daily, the state of the Nation you reside in; your everyday question should be ‘is there any reason to hope’?
Yes, for as long as you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, He lives in you, and as such you have hope that His glory will yet be revealed in all spheres of your life.
Finally, because Christ lives in you, you share the fullness and benefits of the risen life. Those benefits are captured in glory and the glory is yours to experience always.
There is no limit on my life, for Christ in me makes all things possible for me.
Reading – Colossians 1:21-2:7
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Paul’s Labor for the Church
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering 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. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 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.
28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
2 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
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