Friday, August 14, 2015

The Secret in You

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, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, 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. 
Colossians 1:25-27 NASB

Paul wrote to the believers in Colossae about a secret.  They were all about secrets because of the influence of the Gnostics who sought for God through enlightenment or the discovery of the secret.  Those who discovered this were thought to be the elect or chosen apart from those to whom the secret was not revealed.
Paul probably shocked the believers when he told them of a secret that was in them.  He first explained that this was not something new but ancient.  Paul tells us, “This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past...”   You see, it was a secret that God foreknew before the foundation of the world, that his Son Jesus would be our pathway to salvation and oneness with God.
Even though God’s plan of salvation was secret, there were hints of it throughout the Old Testament from Genesis through Malachi. This secret was referred to as the Star of Jacob (Num. 24:17), the Root of Jesse (Isa. 11:10), the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6), the Mighty God (Isa. 9:6), the Branch (Isa. 11:1), the Ancient of Days (Dan. 7:9), the Son of Man (Dan. 7:13) and many other metaphors. But this ancient secret is no longer a secret and that brings us to his second observation.
Paul writes, but has now been manifested to His saints.  Paul said in Galatians, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son...” (Gal. 4:4) That phrase fullness of timemeans literally, “at just the right time.” In other words, when the time was just right, God sent Jesus into the world for our salvation. At just the right moment in history, God revealed the great secret of salvation God had planned for humanity in Jesus Christ.
Paul’s telling the Colossians that their salvation isn’t found in some secret knowledge the Gnostics possessed. No, not at all! The secret’s not in a philosophy, but in a personthe person of Jesus Christ. And the secret of secrets is that Christ can dwell in you and me. Which leads to the last observation.
Finally, Paul shares the secret: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  The creator of the universe has made His house and home within your life!  And because Christ lives in us, we have the assurance that we’ll share in Christ’s glory.  Don’t settle for some inferior substitutes. Don’t buy into the new age gurus who promise you wealth and success while they enrich themselves from the money you spend on their books and videos. There’s no philosophy, no new age secret or law that can substitute for the fullness of God revealed in Jesus Christ. In Christ, we find all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom that we need, to lead us through life into His kingdom.

Scripture to Claim:

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB

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