Col 1:27 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.
This hope was a mystery of how God would bring any hope at all to the Gentile world which was most of the world.
He would do it through Christ being within people.
Christ dwells in us through our invitation, through our faith, believing He is within and through the Holy Spirit.
This hope is not the hope of wishful thinking.This hope is the sure expectancy of what we know is going to happen.
‘Christ in you’ is that guarantee of Heaven.
Christ in you is also the guarantee that you are going to make it through whatever you are facing and will not only survive, but you will experience the glory of God in your circumstance. This hope is the sure anticipation of a glorious future. God’s love for you will ensure that He will see you through whatever it is that you are facing. He has not brought you into His Kingdom to destroy you. The devil comes to do that. God has come to bring you through whatever you face so you are formed into the image of Christ.
Christ with us and in us is the assurance that our future will not be embarrassing, shameful or denigrating, but it will be glorious. This hope obviously refers to heaven and eternal life in the future, however, neither is it limited to this. This hope refers equally to our here and now. This hope is not the wishful thinking of an uncertain heart. This is the utterly assured knowings of the heart filled with Christ.
Jesus did not say He brings resurrection.
He is the resurrection. Whatever He is connected to will rise. If He is in us, no matter how deeply we are buried in hell, in darkness, in impossibility, if Christ is in us, we have definite hope of a glorious emergence from that dark place into a glorious position both here and in eternity.
If Christ is in us, we know our blessed future is certain. If we do not own that assurance, it is doubtful that Christ is within.
Christ is not ‘a’ hope, He is ‘the’ hope!
This is the mystery God hid from previous generations, but now reveals.
Our assured anticipation of a glorious future is not based on keeping a law of commandments, or on obtaining secret knowledge, or on being born into a particular race, or being born at a particular time. It is having Jesus Christ the Son of God within that guarantees anyone a glorious future.
Hope is the antidote to Despair.
Faith is the antidote to Doubt.
Joy is the antidote to Depression.
Wholeness is the antidote to Brokenness
Freedom is the antidote to Bondage.
Love is the antidote to Hatred
Forgiveness is the antidote to Revenge
Strength is the antidote to Weakness.
Encouragement is the antidote to Discouragement
Acceptance is the antidote to Rejection
Life is the antidote to Death
Heaven is the antidote to Hell
Jesus is the antidote to the Devil.
He is the Light of the World.
Sometimes the darkness is not because of our circumstances but because our eyes are shut. We’re in the dark because we’ve never had the chance to have them opened.
In John 9 Jesus comes across a man born blind.
Puts mud in his eyes, tells him to wash and the man is healed. In the midst of working this miracle Jesus declares He is the Light of the world.
Light comes into our lives as much through the opening of our eyes as through us coming out of darkness.
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
We are born with our eyes shut.
Only when we are born again are these eyes opened.
Then we see with eyes that are of the heart, in our spirit.
‘Unless a person is born again they cannot see God’
The birth of Christ was the coming of the great light into the world.
From the moment of Creation the first element established was Light. This light was Christ.
Jesus is the Word, and the first words God speaks are;
‘let there be light’
This was spoken into a world that was described by the Hebrew words that mean ‘Chaos and confusion’ – ‘waste and empty’, and darkness was on the face of the deep.
Light is the answer for darkness.
Light is the answer for confusion, bringing clarity and clear direction.
Light is the answer for emptiness bringing life, growth and abundance.
This light is not the light of the sun. That came on day four. This was light at another level. This light was the very life of God. This is the mysterious force of life, the God particle. Christ Himself is that Life. He is that Light.
This was God establishing Christ at the very centre of everything.
When God said those first words in the process of creating an unending universe and the Earth, He spoke Christ into the foundation of it all, so that all creation is upon Christ, in Christ, and through Christ.