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Main Text: Colossians 1:24-29.
Memory Verse: To them God has chosen to make knownamong the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:27.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, out of love, offered himself as a sacrifice to make the church a glorious institution. In today’s study, Paul tells us about a mystery which has been hidden for ages and generations, but now disclosed to the Lord’s people. This mystery according to Paul, is the glory of God which has been imparted to us as a result of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We shall therefore discuss what makes the glory in us a mystery, what it means to have the hope of glory and how we can manifest that glory individually as members of the body of Christ.
Questions for Discussion
What mystery did Paul say God has disclosed to the Lord’s people? Verse 26-27.
For how long was the mystery hidden? Verse 26.
What makes God’s glory in us a mystery? Exodus 34:29-30.
How do you understand the statement ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’? Verse 27.
How can you as an individual demonstrate God’s glory, which has been deposited in you?
Paul describes the glory of God which has been deposited in believers as a mystery because, in the Old Testament, the people were unable to behold the radiance of this glory on Moses’ face (Exo. 34:29-30). In the New Testament, however, this glory is not only in our faces, but in us. The implication of Paul’s statement that ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ is that, there is no other hope to enjoy God’s eternal glory than the assurance of Christ’s abiding presence with us and in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. This means that without Christ, humans could not obtain glory from any other source. Jesus personally confirms this in His prayers when He states that ‘I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one’ (John 17:22). As individuals, it is our responsibility to maintain a high level of integrity and maintain these riches in God’s glory as deposited in us.