Colossians 1:25-29 – “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.” NASU
We are continually being transformed into the likeness of Jesus! As we behold Him we become more and more like Him. Salvation is not just being ‘saved’ from Hell. In the Greek [sozo] means ‘to make whole or well.’ The word means to save, heal, and/or deliver. The Gospel is the Power of God for SOZO or Wholeness! It is putting us back together or total healing of our mind, body, and souls!
That raises another question – “What is sin?” Oh, I know that the standard answer is ‘missing the mark’ but can you receive that it is UNLOVE! It is failing to love as God loves. What does sin do to us? What does unlove and selfishness do to us? It literally blows or rips us apart. That is why those living in sin are so tragic; they are blown apart on the inside! They are not whole! But, the Good News is that with the coming of the LOVE OF GOD which is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit we are made WHOLE! Deep on the inside at the core of who we are we are made well by the Love of God! Life is filled with pitfalls and difficulties but do not despair because we are moving from ‘Glory’ to ‘Glory’ in God. This is a process and it is not finished! It is “Christ in us, the Hope of Glory!”
Remember it is not you trying to ‘get glory’ or trying to ‘love like God’ loves. It is God coming into you and living His life and loving His love through you! You are the vessel not the producer of that love or life! He Is! Some seem to have the idea that if we try hard enough and work long enough, one day we will arrive and make it. NO! It is Christ in you, the Hope of Glory! If you can make it by your efforts and struggles then that places Christ ‘outside’ rather than ‘inside’ and Christianity is an inside job.
One of the greatest tragedies and obstacles that the Church has inflicted upon herself is that we have traditionally told new converts, “You go out there and love like Jesus loved. You work out your [sozo]. You love and forgive putting aside all resentment and anger while putting on kindness and tenderness. You go be like Jesus,” as if you could in yourself. It is not an outside job but an inside job. It is not you doing it it is Him living His life in you. It is Christ in You, the Hope of Glory!
When the Bible tells us in Philippians 2:12 to “work out our own salvation…” How does it tell us to do that? I’m serious! It says, “with fear and trembling…” It is a Greek expression that means: “You work out your own salvation, with no trust whatsoever in your own ability.” That does not sound like a matter of willpower or an outside job but an inside job to me! It is simply allowing God to have full control of your life and watching Him live His life through you! Yes, you participate because you could resist and rebel but you willingly choose to flow with what He is doing inside of you and through you. It is Christ IN YOU, the Hope of Glory! In You! In You! In You!
May God help you and me to realize that this is an ‘inside job’ and walk in the fullness of what Jesus offers through the Cross and the Holy Spirit!
Blessings as you go through your day!