In this blog post, we will explore the profound statement made by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians, “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27, NKJV). This powerful statement speaks to the intimate relationship between believers and Jesus Christ, and the eternal hope that springs from this union. We will dive deep into the context and meaning behind this phrase, and how it can inspire us in our daily walk with Christ.
To fully understand Paul’s words, we must first examine the context of his letter to the Colossians. Paul was addressing the false teachings that had infiltrated the Colossian church, which threatened to undermine the core tenets of Christianity. Through his letter, Paul sought to correct these misconceptions and reaffirm the believers’ faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the only source of salvation.
The Mystery Revealed
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When Paul wrote about “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations” (Colossians 1:26, NKJV), he referred to the divine plan of God that was hidden from the world but has now been revealed through Jesus Christ. This mystery is that both Jews and Gentiles can be reconciled to God and become partakers of the divine nature through faith in Christ.
Paul goes on to explain this mystery in more detail: “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” (Colossians 1:27, NKJV). By saying “Christ in you,” Paul refers to the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in believers. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, transforming our hearts and minds to be more like Christ.
The Hope of Glory
The second part of Paul’s statement – “the hope of glory” – is directly linked to the indwelling presence of Christ. The term “hope” in the New Testament often refers to a confident expectation of a future event. In this context, “glory” signifies the eternal state of being with God, experiencing His divine presence and the fullness of joy that accompanies it.
This hope of glory is the assurance that we will one day be fully united with Christ and participate in His divine nature, as Paul writes in Romans 8:17, “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (NKJV). This future glorification will be the culmination of the transformative work that the Holy Spirit has begun in us through our union with Christ.
Living with Christ in Us
Understanding the significance of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” has profound implications for our lives as believers. First and foremost, it means that we are never alone. Jesus promised in John 14:23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (NKJV). This indwelling presence of Christ provides us with constant guidance, comfort, and strength in our daily walk with God.
Moreover, having Christ in us should inspire us to live lives that reflect His character and love. As we yield to the Holy Spirit’s transforming work, we will bear the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV) and become more like Jesus in our thoughts, words, and actions. This process of sanctification is a lifelong journey, but the hope of glory assures us that God will complete the good work He began in us (Philippians 1:6, NKJV).
Finally, recognizing “Christ in you, the hope of glory” should motivate us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others. If we have this great hope within us, we cannot keep it to ourselves. Jesus commissioned His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19, NKJV). As we embrace our identity as ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20, NKJV), we become instruments through which God extends His offer of salvation and hope to a lost and hurting world.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul masterfully encapsulates the essence of the Christian faith with his declaration, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This phrase reminds us of the profound mystery of God’s redemptive plan, which has now been revealed through Jesus Christ. Through faith in Christ, we become partakers of His divine nature, and the Holy Spirit takes residence in our hearts, transforming us to be more like our Savior.
As we grow in our understanding of this life-changing truth, we cannot help but be inspired and motivated to live lives that reflect the love, grace, and mercy of Christ. Our lives become a testimony to the world of the power of God at work within us. As we share this hope with others, we participate in the divine mission of bringing the light of Christ into a dark and broken world, offering the hope of eternal glory to all who would believe.
May we all live with a deep awareness of the presence of Christ in us, and may the hope of glory inspire us to walk in faith, love, and obedience each day. As we do, we will experience the fullness of life that Jesus promised in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (NKJV). Let us hold fast to this hope and embrace the transformative power of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”