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christ in you the hope of glory

Christ in you the Hope of Glory

What does Christ in you the hope of glory really mean?

Scripture Reference

Col 1:27 – To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory.

Introduction

We as Christians claim to be believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. However, most Christians only believe that Jesus died for our sins and therefore we are saved and that He rose again on the third day and is coming back again. This is true indeed, but God’s children either don’t know or don’t believe any more than this. Could this be the reason why Christians struggle with addictions, weakness to face troublesome situations in life, poverty, anger, lack of peace, sicknesses, untimely deaths, anxieties, depression, and many other unnecessary afflictions?  

But the real outcome of the gospel message is that Christ now is IN YOU AND ME. He literally resides IN YOU. This is what the word of God teaches us. Can you imagine!! If Christ Himself is IN YOU, how and why should you be depressed, discouraged, or afraid? I mean, Christ (God Himself), the Holy Spirit is IN YOU. Shouldn’t you be walking in amazing victory? Shouldn’t your face be full of confidence and joy? This truth is what the devil keeps from God’s children so that he can oppress them and keep them ineffective in their walk of faith.

On the contrary, if you KNOW this truth, then it is impossible for the devil to keep you down. Yes, he might succeed in knocking you down occasionally on some days with “many distractions” but you will never be defeated. This is the truth, my dear brothers and sisters. Christ is IN YOU, the hope of glory. You only need to believe this truth because God’s word says so.
Let us see some evidence of this from the word of God.

Scripture References

John 20: 20 –22: – When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Message

Here we see Jesus saying, “As the Father (God in heaven) had sent Him, He also was sending us.” That would mean that Jesus was expecting us to function like He Himself did while He was on earth.  Then He goes on to say, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. Wow! This is interesting. Jesus first expected us to function the same way as He did. But He also knew that it was impossible for us to function like Him without the Holy Spirit. He then breathed on the disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. So, He thereby equipped the disciples to live and function the same way He did.

Later on, we know the story. Jesus asked the disciples to wait in Jerusalem till they received power from on high. The disciples did wait, and they did receive power on the day of Pentecost. Thereafter, we see Peter; the same Peter who denied Jesus thrice and the same Peter along with other disciples who were hiding locked up in the upper room for fear of the Jews, now suddenly is full of boldness and he preached the gospel to the people in public. 3000 of them got saved that day. How did that happen?

More Scripture References

John 17:21 – “that they all may be one, as You, Father are in me, and I in You; that they also maybe one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Here we clearly see that it is indeed God’s will that we all be one in Him. In other words, we not only be reconciled to God, but be ONE with Him in the same way as God the Father and Jesus the Son were one with each other. Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father”. In effect, Jesus is now saying that we as believers and His children ought to be saying the same thing. Do you have the confidence to say, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father”? Incredible, isn’t it?

John 14:17 – 21 – the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be IN YOU.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. 20 On that day [when that time comes] you will know for yourselves that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am IN YOU. 21 The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him [I will make Myself real to him].”

This is Jesus Himself saying that the Holy Spirit will be continually IN YOU (ver17). In (ver20) He confirms again that He Himself is IN YOU.

Romans 8: 9-11 – However, you are not [living] in the flesh [controlled by the sinful nature] but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives IN YOU [directing and guiding you]. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God]. 10 If Christ lives IN YOU, though your [natural] body is dead because of sin, your spirit is alive because of righteousness [which He provides]. 11 And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives IN YOU, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives IN YOU.

Wow! Did you see that? If Christ lives IN YOU, though your body is dead because of sin, your spirit is alive. If the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives IN YOU, then rest assured you too will be raised to life just as He was. This is Christ in us, the hope of glory.


1 Cor 3:16 – Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells IN YOU?

Beloved, we are not going to become a temple of God in future when we get to heaven. God’s word says that we ARE the temple of God right now and that the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) dwells IN US.

2 Cor 13:5 –  Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is IN YOU

And finally…
Col 1:27 – To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory.

The Message

Friends, when Christ our Lord died for our sins, at that very instant, our sin problem was taken care of. Sin has no hold over us anymore. Sin has no power to condemn us anymore. The price for our sins has already been paid in full. Sin has no power over us anymore. If you feel overwhelmed by sin, then it’s a lie from the devil. Sin is not our problem. Our real problem is unbelief and a lack of understanding of the gospel. People say, most struggles in life are because of sin in people’s lives. That is probably true, but only because we have believed a lie. The truth is that sin is no longer a problem because Jesus’ death on our behalf took care of the sin issue once and for all.

Christianity or the Christian way of life doesn’t start at the cross. It starts at the resurrection of Christ. Because when Christ died for us in our place, it was as if we died ourselves for our sins. Our real “born again” life; our newly created life began when Christ arose from the dead. The bible calls Him the firstborn among many brethren. If we were born “again”, then we must have died earlier, isn’t it? Else how can you be born “again”? This new born-again self of yours has a new life. Your old self that died didn’t have the Holy Spirit and didn’t have Christ. But your new born-again self HAS the Holy Spirit IN YOU. You have Christ IN YOU.


Therefore, what you perceive to be your limitations and weaknesses are not real. They are lies, that you have accepted as the truth. The word of God is the real truth. Not our experiences or perceptions. If we walk in this revelation of knowing that Christ is IN US, then nothing in this world can steal our joy or steal our confidence. You will then consciously put up a massive fight against sin and anything else that does not conform to the kingdom of God. That includes your addictions, your bad habits, your anger, and anything else that is ungodly. And you will always win every battle, not because you are strong-willed or very spiritual, but simply because Christ is IN YOU and the Holy Spirit is IN YOU. Christ can’t lose, can He? Many times, it may seem like you have lost, but the truth is that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. As long as you have a fighting spirit in you due to your faith in the word of God, then you are already a victor.

Have you noticed that temptation only comes in areas where there is a command from God? Adam and Eve had just one command, which was not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve was tempted only in the area of that one commandment. She wasn’t tempted to murder Adam. She wasn’t tempted to leave him and run away? She wasn’t tempted to poison him or stop talking to him. Why not? Even so today…temptation only comes in areas where you are aware of God’s will for you. So, now that you know this truth of Christ IN YOU, be assured temptations will come and try to steal your faith in this area. But Christ is IN YOU and you will always win as long as you remain conscious of this truth.

Have you noticed how you act in faith naturally in day-to-day affairs? Eg: You go to a shopping mall and are looking for the toilet. You can’t find the toilet and you ask a total stranger for the way. He points you in a certain direction. You simply say, “Thank you” and follow his instructions. You had no trouble exercising faith in what that stranger said even though you don’t know that person.  Or you are sick, and you go to a doctor. You don’t know the doctor personally at all. Yet, you are quite willing to eat whatever he prescribes, and you have faith that you will get well if you eat those tablets the doctor gave you. You don’t even know what exactly you are popping into your mouth. Yet you have faith.  There are numerous examples of this in your day-to-day life. But when it comes to God and God’s word…suddenly we want signs, confirmations, etc…before we can believe. Why is that? It’s that sinful nature in us…

This is why we need to KNOW the truth of “CHRIST IN US” and the “Holy Spirit IN US” so we can begin to condition our minds to act naturally to the word of God. We must be so transformed by renewing our mind (our way of thinking) that we act naturally like God’s children. We must change our way of thinking from what the world considers normal to what God’s word says about us, as born-again new creatures in God.

1 John 4:4 says 4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is IN YOU is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].

My dear brothers and sisters, stop constantly seeking for a church leader, pastor, or someone else to pray for you. Stop idolizing so-called men and women of God. Yes, it is good to receive prayer sometimes, but it is far more wonderful for you to be living a prayerful life. Do not think that God is somehow closer to the preachers and pastors than yourselves. If you are a believer, then Christ is IN YOU. The bible says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). So, it is up to you. You can get as close to God as you choose to. The primary issue with people who are constantly looking for instant miracles and prayers is that they don’t invest time in studying the word of God for themselves.

Invest time every day and read the word friends. You will find out that you are a power-packed individual for whom all things are possible because Christ lives IN YOU. Walk-in freedom. Freedom from oppression. Freedom from sickness. Freedom from lack. Freedom for depression. Freedom from anxiety and fear. Christ lives IN YOU. When your focus is on Christ in you the hope of glory, then you have more to give to others than to receive. You give that same hope to others. You share your joy with others. The light of Christ will shine in you and you will truly be a light of the world. You can share the gospel of Christ with conviction and power when you walk believing that Christ is in you. You can actually fulfill Jesus’ command to go and make disciples.

Closing Prayer

Father God, I thank you for your presence in me. Grant me the grace to be conscious of your presence in me Lord. Let me be a useful vessel in your hands through which you can pour out your love on others. Let me be the light of the world and the salt of the earth because you live in me. As you are, so am I in this world. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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