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27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
Colossians 1:27 teaches us that Christ is in us and speaks of the mystery of this truth. Verses 28-29 speak of His power at work within us as we serve our Lord . Another favorite passage of mine in Colossians is 3:1-4,
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Our goal on this earth is to give up this earth, its pleasantries, and its seeming permanence for what Christ holds in store for us. Another correlating passage is 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” By focusing on what is to come, we can keep ourselves–or better, Christ keeps us–from buying the lies that this world offers concerning health, wealth, and the pursuit of happiness.
The phrasing of “dead in our sins” and “made alive in Christ” (2:13) has always intrigued me, especially now that we have “died, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God (v.4).” We can only assume that these phrases are metaphorical in nature and are being used for us to be able to grasp on a human level the intensity and grand scope of what Christ has done for us. I have no problem with this sort of thinking because I am fully aware that what Christ did for us on a spiritual level is far above anything that I can get my mind around this side of heaven. Even there, I suspect that we will delve the depths of His love for us for eternity.
The passage ends with a promise: We will appear with Him in glory. This promise goes back to Jesus’ desire expressed in His priestly prayer in John 17:24,
24 “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.
My highest goal is to be with Him in His glory. Until then, He walks with us daily, but the Spirit inside us is merely our deposit, our guarantee of a new and better future,
21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Cor. 1:21
Let us give thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for so great a salvation and future!
Abba, I thank You for such specific plans You have laid out for us–without explaining in detail. I trust Your Word on the matter, that my eyes have not seen nor my ear heard, nor has it entered into my heart what You have prepared for me because I love You (1 Corinthians 2:9). I love You, Lord. I’m ready when You are. Amen.