“26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27To whom God would 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 1:26-27 KJV
I realize this was most of the quote from the last post, however, as I closed out that bit of writing, I knew there was at least one more post on this same passage. So, bear with me if you will, and let’s discover some things that are delightful. As I have meditated on the passage, what I had thought to write about is not the core thought today. That may be in this or even another post. We will see how it flows.
The indwelling of the Lord within us is an understanding that has massive consequences for us. First of all, we are no longer just human, for now, the Spirit of the Son of God dwells within, and we are known in Spirit realms as “The Temple of the Holy Spirit.” This is not just a nice phrase but a change of spiritual DNA within us. We now live His life (1 John 4:17), and He lives ours. It is the great exchange that began in the Spirit realm when we began to believe and put our trust in Jesus our Lord and Savior. So, learning not to coddle our human nature and being willing to accept the Word of the Lord is only our beginning steps. I asked the Lord how this “Him in me and me in Him” works. And He was swift to show me in my inner man the Baby in the manger. He was “infused” with Divinity, and now we are infused the same way. I immediately understood.
Now to allow the Lord to begin to show us the “riches” of this indwelling,” is another journey. It is one that will lead us into realms of experiencing the Word in ways we may not have before. It will, in a few words, lead us into an intimacy in the Lord Jesus that is full of so many things we are a bit dumbstruck as we ponder them.
“21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” John 17:21-23 KJV
So, we have been given the Spirit of Christ (Holy Spirit) and are one Spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17), and how we have been given His glory. And that glory has riches in us. These are things that Paul did not elaborate on at this point. We find them throughout the pages of the New Covenant but may not have known that they were ours in glory.
The one “rich” thing I want to share briefly today is the change in our prayer life. What once may have been a dry time of trying to remember who and what we needed to pray for and having trouble believing for it all, now becomes a deep intimacy within, that loves and renews. The exchange is marvelous. We spend more time loving Him and blessing Him and enjoying Him and less in asking, mainly because in that intimacy nothing is lacking and we begin to embrace all, even though many things are yet to be seen in the natural realm. We become like Abraham, who even though he had not yet receive the promise, he embraced it and lived in the light and truth of its reality.
Another door that begins to open is our being able to “see” in the Spirit realms much more easily. What is seen there answer questions we have not even known to ask.
I could spend the rest of the day in this “riches of glory,” but want to just share one more item. The word “hope” in Greek means “confident expectation.” So, you see where “hope” begins to provide a much deeper foundation that we had thought. This faith is so full.
Want to know more. Go to Him believing, and He will delight you with what He says and reveals. This is just a nudge that direction. Go and find out more than anyone could write for you.
“Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:2-3
Bless you, for reading.