Christ in you: the riches of the glory of this mystery

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The Verse of the Day for September 7, 2016 is found in Colossians 1:28 in the Message Bible:

This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.

Here is how the King James Version puts it:

Colossians 1:27-28

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

 

These verses were the foundation for a previous blog entry which has been modified and re-posted below:

This passage makes reference to “the mystery,” a term 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.

Dr. Mark Hanby refers to this mysterious concept as part of the “progressive revelation of God”—reflected in God’s desire for a dwelling place, displayed in 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).

In each of the previous dimensions the glory of God was revealed to varying degrees. In the first dimension, Moses glimpsed the backside of the glory of God from the cleft of the rock where he was hidden because he could look upon the overwhelmingly radiant presence of God’s glory and live. That mere glimpse from a hidden place was so resplendent and transforming that Moses had to cover his face in the presence of the people:

Exodus 34:35 (NLT):

and the people of Israel would see the radiant glow of his face. So he would put the veil over his face until he returned to speak with the LORD.

With regard to the second dimension, the Queen of Sheba beheld the glory of Solomon’s Temple that was described as one of the “seven wonders of the world.” As a woman and even more notably as a Gentile, she would have been relegated to the Court of the Gentiles. By no means could she have come near the inner sanctum of the Temple, the most Holy Place. Even so, what she glimpsed was so glorious that she was overwhelmed.

1 Kings 10:4-5 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

When the queen of Sheba observed all of Solomon’s wisdom, the palace he had built, the food at his table, his servants’ residence, his attendants’ service and their attire, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he offered at the Lord’s temple, it took her breath away.

What about believers today? In comparison to Moses and the Queen of Sheba, we can see what they were not privileged to witness. Because Jesus Christ has broken down the middle wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles, we can see what the Queen of Sheba didn’t see.  Unlike Moses who had to veil his face in the presence of the people, believers today are able not only to see but to be a reflection of the glory of God:

2 Corinthians 2:18 (Classic Edition—Amplified Bible):

18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.

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. I express my 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 minds and widen our comprehension

To understand the temple of the mystery.

Teach us to fully comprehend 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 hand and lead us, as you would guide beloved youths,

Chosen ones who 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, Christ in Me

 

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 you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

 

Enlighten my eyes, help me to see

All that you have called me to be.

Share with me the secrets that you have for me,

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in me, the hope of glory

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory.

 

 

Put on God’s Word, renew your mind.

Seek Him with your whole heart, and you will find

He’ll open your eyes; He’ll let you see

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, the hope of glory.

 

 

I’m no longer bound; I’ve been set free.

I once was so blind, but now I see.

I’m walking into my destiny:

The riches of the glory of this mystery

Which is Christ in me, the hope of glory

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me the hope of glory.

 

 

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory,

Christ in me, the hope of glory.

 

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

 

 

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