The Hope of Glory

Daily God Walk for Thursday, April 28, 2010

 God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  – Colossians 1:27

 All of creation declares the glory of God. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” With such a voice as creation itself declaring the glory of God men are without excuse.

Paul writes in Romans, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Many have closed the eyes of their heart so that they cannot see to understand the great mystery of Christ and the believers. They still continue to work a finding a way outside of Christ and their hearts continue to be darkened having no glory of God in them. But to those who will listen and open their eyes God is revealing a most marvelous mystery.

This glorious mystery is simply this: Christ in you. Throughout the ages God has chosen times and places to reveal his glory. He was in the cloud that led Israel in the desert; he was in the Tabernacle in the wilderness; he was in the Temple, but all of those places were just temporary dwellings for him. In this age of grace he has made his permanent dwelling place to be the hearts of men.

In our verse for today is the phrase, “the hope of glory.” As I read that I can see at least two ways it can be read. First, and this is the most common, is that Christ in us is our hope for glory. But the second gives a little different perspective. Could it be that the hope of glory is Christ in us? What I mean by that is could this passage mean that the hope God has for mankind is that Christ will dwell in man? That seems to make since to me.

The hope of glory [God] is that all of mankind will be born into his family and that Christ will dwell in them.

 Prayer: Lord, help me to realize that you have in mankind is that Christ will dwell in us. In Jesus name, amen.

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