The concept of God living in us is mind-blowing. How could He do such a thing? WHY would He do such a thing?
8 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
God loves His children. He created us to love Him. But, in order for us to freely love Him, He gave us free will. Mankind was led astray, but God pursued us. He even came to earth as a human in order to win us back. More than that, He has made a way for Him to fellowship with us permanently!
One of my favorite verses is Colossians 1:27, which says,
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
There are four parts to this verse. Let’s look at them.
- The Gentiles were now included in the family of God. This was big news–a joy to the Gentiles, but a bitter pill for many Israelis. The leadership had spent centuries keeping themselves apart from the Gentile nations even though their original mission was to proselytize them (Deuteronomy 4:5-8). God was getting back to His original plan.
- This mystery was hidden from everyone except a few (the prophets). Why? For the same reason that Jesus kept it from His disciples and the rest of Israel. He had a mission to complete and He couldn’t do it if they knew His motive. Jesus demonstrated God’s (His) love for us by dying on the cross–and then rising again. It is through His resurrection that we have new life!
- Christ in us–this is the clincher. The concept of God living in us, forgiving us, guiding us, and equipping us is mind-blowing!
- The hope of glory–We walk with Jesus until the day we die. On that day, our hope of eternal life with Him is realized. Hear it from Jesus, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” (John 17:24). This promise is ours, and to all who trust Jesus with their lives.
Since I am not a Jew, this verse is very good news for me. Tomorrow, we will look at the next two verses. They, too, are very special to me.
Abba, thank You for such a wonderful verse that reveals our part in Your glorious mystery, the mystery of salvation for everyone. May we share it gladly every chance we get. Amen.