The title of my blog is CIMHOG- “Christ In Me, Hope of Glory”, taken from the Scripture- Colossians 1:27– “To 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.”
This truth made a deep impact in my spirit over twenty years ago. The concept of Christ being in me produces hope in me. A hope about what? This mystery that the Apostle Paul was speaking about- how we believers can become mature believers if Christ is in us. I went on a quest to see what the Word of God had to say about being “mature”, Christ in us, on us, around us, through us, etc. There is so much in the verse, it is so rich, you almost have to dissect it one word at a time to get the full understanding. Today, I’d like to take that journey again, through the Word of God and exegete and isegit this text. Let’s begin.
The book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul, to the church at Colossae, AD 50- AD 80. These new believers were being assaulted by the teachings (heresies) of Gnosticism- the belief that knowledge surpasses faith, that deeper truth must be sought after rather than the simple- truth of the gospel. It denied the concept of Jesus’ divinity and that Christ’s death conquered sin in the flesh. Paul, in the letters to the Colossian church, defended Christ and emphasized that salvation is through Christ alone and his blood cleanses us from all sin. Our flesh is not more powerful than the power of God, the Holy Spirit. This is our hope of glory.
So, we cling to passages like Colossians 1:9- 14– “9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks[d] to the Father, who has qualified you[e] to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Paul prayed that we would be filled with the knowledge of God and his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. We can know God! We can understand his will for us, have His direction for our lives, not lost and wandering around in darkness with no hope. We can live a life that is pleasing to God, worthy of the Lord, fruitful in every good work. In Christ, we can be strong and powerful, we are not weak and victimized by the devil. The knowledge that we must meditate on is that God has provided a place for us in His kingdom, through the redemption of Christ, the forgiveness of sin- we are our Father God’s children, heirs of the kingdom, living forever with Him eternally. Once we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we are in Christ and Christ is in us. This sinful flesh no longer has dominion over us. Be encouraged.
Colossians 1: 21-22– “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,..”
This is CIMHOG- “Christ in me, hope of glory”. We will continue to look at Colossians in the next post.