Monday, January 9, 2012
THE MYSTERY DISCLOSED. YOU IN CHRIST AND CHRIST IN YOU.
CHRIST IN YOU. YOU IN CHRIST.
"To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse..." (Col. 1:2)
"I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness--the mystery...that is now disclosed to the saints...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Col. 1:25-27)
In Christ. This phrase is the key to all knowledge, wisdom and life.
Christ in you. This phrase sums up the whole message of the gospel.
These are the truths upon which the entire span of eternity, and the entire universe hinge. The door of truth swings on these massive, smooth, beautifully and perfectly forged hinges, and can be swung open by a single touch of the weakest, tiniest hand.
And this is a great mystery. One that we can not hope to comprehend without the Holy Spirit’s illumination in our hearts and minds.
If we come as children to Christ, as He commands we do (Matt. 19:14 et.al.), then we can, with the feeblest of cries, call the entire power of God to our disposal in Christ. He is ready and willing to uphold us in danger, to strengthen us in turmoil, to fill us with His peace in the worst of circumstances if we come like this. If we come as able adults, sure in our religious place, content in our righteousness, holding up hands of complacency and self-worth, then God is bored with us, and cannot invest in us this life of Christ Jesus.
If you have not died with Christ (Col. 2:20), then you cannot be raised with Christ (Col. 3:1). If you are not raised with Christ, you are not alive in Christ and dead to the world. If you are not dead to the world, then you are living in your own power, not in Christ's.
In Christ. Christ in you. These sum up all mysteries that have been solved by His coming. Today, we must dwell here, in the childlike realm of this Truth, and stay every day until He reveals the fullness of His own character in us. Once we know this, we can never leave this place without damaging what God is doing in us.
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