Christ in you and me: the hope of glory

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The Verse of the Day for April 25, 2016 originally served as the foundation for two previous blog entries that have been modified and re-posted below:

Colossians 1:27-28 (Amplified Bible Classic Edition):

To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory. Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God), that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ (the Anointed One).

I was initially introduced to this scintillating passage in the King James Version:

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:

28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

This passage from Colossians 1:27-28 mentions the concept of “the mystery” which Dr. Mark Hanby refers to as part of the “progressive revelation of God”—reflected in God’s desire for a dwelling place, displayed in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness (first dimension) leading to Solomon’s Temple (second dimension), and culminating in the Temple of the Living God, the body of Christ (third dimension).

Derived from the Greek word musterion, translated “sacred secret,” the essence of “this mystery” is that Jews and Gentiles would be united in one body, the Body of Christ. This “great mystery” was hidden in Christ before the foundations of the earth. Had Satan known this mystery or great secret, the Scriptures declare that he never would have crucified the Lord of glory, Jesus Christ. The mystery was revealed to the Apostle Paul as the context of the Verse of the Day indicates.

In Chapter 3 of Ephesians, Paul speaks of the spiritual impact that the Church, the Body of Christ, was designed to demonstrate:

Ephesians 3:10 (New Living Translation)

God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

God’s desire is that members of the Body of Christ, both individually and corporately, might know and apprehend more fully the meaning of the mystery of the one body. We express our yearning to understand the riches of the glory of this mystery to a greater degree in this way:

Oh, To See the Mystery
Ephesians 3

Enlighten our eyes that we might openly see;
Expand our mind and widen our comprehension
To understand the temple of the mystery.
Teach us to comprehend fully each dimension
And ascertain the magnitude without measure:

Reveal to us the true length,
though it is endless;

Teach us to find the full breadth,
though it is boundless;

Help us to reach the vast height,
though it is measureless;

Teach us to probe the great depth,
though it is fathomless.

Show us your divine design for the inner man.
Make plain the purpose, the pattern, the symmetry
Unfolded in the blueprints of your master plan
For the One Body, temple of awesome beauty.
Share with us the value of this priceless treasure,
The riches of the glory of this mystery
Held in the secret places of your good pleasure.
Take our hands and lead us, as you would guide precious youths,
Those who love and live to explore the depths of your truths.

The lyrics to this original song were also inspired by Colossians 1:27-28:

Christ in You and Me, the Hope of Glory

Even before the world began,
God put together His master plan,
Calling Jews and Gentiles into one body,
The riches of the glory of this mystery
Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Christ in me, the hope of glory,
Christ in you and me, the hope of glory.

Enlighten our eyes, help us to see
All that you have called us to be.
Reveal to us all that we were meant to be.
Share with us secrets as we make history,
The riches of the glory of this mystery
Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory
Christ in me, the hope of glory,
Christ in you and me, the hope of glory

As we put on God’s Word, renewing our mind,
We seek Him with our whole heart, and we now find
He has opened our eyes and helped us to see
The riches of the glory of this mystery
Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory
Christ in me, the hope of glory,

We’re no longer bound; we’ve been set free.
We once were so blind, but now we see.
We’re walking into our destiny:
The riches of the glory of this mystery
Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Christ in you me, the hope of glory,
Christ in you and me, the hope of glory.

Charlie LeBlanc offers a musical reminder that it’s “Christ in You! (Hosanna! Music)”

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