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.” NASB
Over the past couple of days we talked about Hope! Today I want to focus on the second part Glory! Biblical Hope is essential for a victorious life and if the Bible is correct, and it is, “Christ in us… is the hope of glory.” But, what is Glory?
What is Paul talking about? While we could strain at gnats and swallow camels in our pursuit of a definition let’s simplify it to the following: “The outshining of God.” I say that because if you will recall in the Old Testament one could See the presence of God. It was like a light or brightness the Glory of God reflects the very heart of God. In simple terms it could be described as, “Who God is, shining forth, reaching out and blessing man!”
Remember Moses? From early in his development he had a sense of the greatness of God. However, it was not until his experience at the ‘Burning Bush’ that he had such an encounter with the Glory of God that his life was transformed forever. He was driven from that time forward to Know God not just Know About God! Remember in Exodus 33 he called out for God to ‘show me Your glory.’ God’s response was, “I Myself will make all my goodness pass before you. I will proclaim the Name of the Lord before you.” That is important!
In the Old Testament a name was an indication of the character and what the person would be or was. It always indicated character, so God says, “I will reveal My Glory/My Name.” In the very next chapter we read “The Lord passed in front of Moses and proclaimed….” In that moment the shimmering, uncreated Light who is God passed before mortal man and out of that Moses heard God say, “This is Who I Am.”
We hear about God’s Lovingkindness and that is an interesting word which in a great sense means: “I will love you, love you, love you, and will never let you go.” When God defined His Glory to Moses He did so in the many facets of love. Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and come short of the GLORY of the Lord.” That is interesting!
John identified that Jesus was the WORD or the Out-speaking of God that became flesh and dwelt among us. We beheld his glory! We saw Love first hand. We saw love that was not of this earth – – The Glory of God!
Jesus continually demonstrated His Glory and Love. Remember the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. The couple remains unidentified. They ran out of wine and that was a disaster in those days. Jesus quietly did His miracle. Almost no one knew what had happened. Why? So no one would suffer embarrassment. John declared that when Jesus turned the water into wine it was the ‘first time’ that He showed forth His Glory!
John 17:22 is an incredibly fascinating and powerful passage. Here Jesus is praying. Listen to what He says: “And the Glory which you have given me, I have given to them, that they may be One, just as we are One. I in them and you in me, that they may be perfected in unity.” That is more than incredible. Jesus is declaring that the Glory that He has He has given to all believers. Christ the Glory of God, the Love of God has given Himself to each of us that we may be One with Him and thereby One with each other. He is not giving this to us so that we can get to heaven. He has given and is giving us His Glory so that we can Live on this Earth!
Christ in us is the Hope of Glory! We are the expressions of God’s Love to a lost and dying world! God help us to be become lights in the darkened places showing forth the Glory of God!
Blessings as you go through your day!