“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26, 27 KJV)
The apostle Paul tells us that a great and marvelous mystery had been kept hidden by God for many, many generations; but is now made manifest to God’s children. Why now? Because the time has come for it to be known, understood, and fully experienced.
There are many such “mysteries” that have followed this same pattern through the ages. For example, the mystery of the sun’s orbit around our planet. In ancient times scientists and astronomers of the highest intelligence did their best to explain how the sun’s orbit worked. They were wrong.
We now know that, despite all visual evidence as viewed from earth, our planet actually orbits around the sun! The uncovering of that mystery changed everything. There are several others I could site in the fields of medicine, science, education, physics, philosophy and religion. Each breakthrough in our world occurs at the moment a mystery is made known.
And the greatest breakthrough of them all is the opening of this singular mystery, which God Himself has now made known — “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
What does this mean, and what are its implications for you and me today?
We have shown that Jesus is The King of Glory. But what does that mean? Is “Glory” a place where He reigns as King, like, say, the King of England? Or, the King of Spain? No, Glory is not a place.
Then is it an activity over which He towers as a superior above all others, like, say, the King of Rock-and-Roll? Or, the King of Comedy? No, Glory is not an activity.
Well, then what is it?
Glory is the maximized potential of all created things, being and functioning fully and freely as they were meant to be and do. Glory is the cumulative effect of the ever-increasing power of Christ’s kingdom — in which each person and thing becomes everything God created them to be. Christ in you is the sure and confident expectation of you becoming everything God created you to be, doing everything God has designed you to do!
In simple and direct words – YOU living as a maximized man or woman IS the glory of God. And when Jesus reigns in and over your life – this is the person you will become. As St Irenaeus wrote, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”
John writes, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 KJV).
Jesus came and displayed God’s glory in everything He said and did, leaving us an example that we should follow in His steps.
On one particular occasion Jesus said, “I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.'” A voice came out of the sky: “I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.” (John 12:27, 28 MSG)
So our prayer now is the same on all occasions of our lives, but especially when we ourselves are storm-tossed — “Father, put your glory on display!” And God will answer from heaven and empower us by His grace and truth to shine in that dark moment, bringing glory to Jesus in us and through us — for He is The King of Glory!
Here’s your homework. Identify some issue or challenge you are facing and instead of saying, “Lord, get me out of this!” Say, “Father, put Your glory on display!”
Try it today and let us know what happens. We will all be waiting to hear from you!