Christ in You – the Hope of Glory?

For some unknown reason, I thought of this verse today: To whom [the saints, see verse 26; that is believers] 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 1:27 New King James). What really stood out in my mind is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Just what does that mean? Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words states: a) “of the character and ways of God as exhibited through Christ to and through believers (2 Corinthians 3:18).”

This verse says So all of us who have had that veil removed [believers] can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into his glorious image (New Living Translation).

b) “of the state of blessedness into which believers are to enter hereafter through being brought into the likeness of Christ,” in other words, when we get to heaven.

We easily agree that Christ displayed glory here on earth in all his miracles and that heaven will be glory for us. But do we believe we can reflect the glory of Christ, as 2 Corinthians 3:18 says? Isn’t that how God’s love is revealed on earth now – by the way believers act? Yes, people definitely find a better version of God in the Bible, but will they read the Bible? An old saying states that “you may be the only Bible someone reads.” If that’s true, then what messages are they reading? Are we showing the glory of Christ? As his body on earth, that is the hope of his glory being demonstrated to those who don’t know Him.

Give this some thought and join me as I contemplate just how much I’m bringing Christ glory in my daily life.