Paul, in talking to a group of his Colossian disciples, refers to a hidden truth that was to be revealed in us: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1: 27, NIV).
When Christ came into the earth, the fullness of God dwelt in Him in bodily form. The presence, power, and potential of God lived in human form. The fact that Christ now lives in you is even more unfathomable. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness” (Col. 2: 9-10, NIV). The word fullness is the same in both instances. The fullness of God lived in Christ; the fullness of Christ lives in you as a new creation.
If the only Bible passage I had access to was Colossians 1: 15-27, that would be enough to make me happy the rest of my life! Here is the good news: ·
Everything that exists, including you, was in Christ before the creation (v. 15-16). ·
Everything that God is— His presence, power, and potential— dwelt bodily in Christ (v. 19). ·
Everything that is Christ now lives in you (v. 27). ·
Christ in you is the hope of glory (v. 27).
The word glory means reputation or substance. When you speak to someone on God’s behalf or pray for them, you are releasing God’s reputation and substance. When Paul says, “Christ in you is the hope of glory,” he is stating, “God is in you and wants to get out!”
When God released created matter through His words, He was demonstrating the prophetic process. Creation was a prophetic process, and prophecy is co-laboring with God in a creative way to bring about His intentions on earth.
Habakkuk 2: 14 (NIV) says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” If Christ in you is the hope of glory, then when Christ comes out of you, it will manifest His reputation and substance to the world. When you pray for someone in the bank, His glory covers that place.
When you speak an encouraging word to a classmate, His glory covers your school. We are surrounded by a raging world yearning for God. People are crying out for more, whether they understand what the more is or not. Their hope of glory is Christ in you. That glory can transform their lives.
God is in you and wants to get out. He’s like a tiger in a too-tiny cage, yearning to get out and release the roar. He knows He’s the only hope for the world. You are His hands, feet, and mouth in the raging world.