Christ in Us!
“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.” (Colossians 1:27 NIV)
One of the great things about God that we find in the Bible is that he wants to dwell with his people. This makes sense, because God is love, and love wants to live with the one it loves. Before the fall, God would walk and talk with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; and Enoch walked so closely with God, that he then “was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). Later on, when God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt, he led them by his presence. When he had them set up the tabernacle, he dwelt among them in the most holy place, because he wanted to be in the midst of his people, to lead them and to have communion with them. Afterward, when they dedicated the Temple built by King Solomon according to the blueprint of God, the presence of God came in and the glory of the Lord was so great that the priests couldn’t even go in to minister. That’s always been the desire of God. He wants to dwell with his people. But that was symbolic; it was not what God really had in mind. That’s why he sent his Son.
Jesus was called Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” He dwelt among us, was tested in every way that we are tested, paid the price for our sins so that we might be reconciled to the Father and have eternal life, was raised to life as the firstborn among many brethren, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father where he lives to make intercession for the saints. But before he left this earth, he said that it would be better for him to leave us, because he would send his Holy Spirit. Now for the first time, the mystery of God was revealed: His presence would not be in a tabernacle or temple or any building; his presence would not be in Jerusalem or in New York. God’s ultimate plan was that his church—his people—would be the place where he dwells. It is no longer just “God with us,” but “Christ in us, the hope of glory!” Thank God for his indescribable gift!
Read Colossians 1:24-2:5.