“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 1:27).
By now the Great Hall of Truth had filled with several other groups who had also journeyed to this place called Grace; a great host from every tribe and nation, eager to hear the truth about God’s Grace.
“Our next speaker is a man from the great city of Colossae,” the Moderator said. “He is a widely traveled and very successful businessman. He also has the distinction of having started a church in his home, which grew into a thriving community of believers who are known and loved around the world.
“Please join me in welcoming Philemon of Colossae, follower of Jesus and friend of Paul.”
Respectful applause filled the auditorium.
“Thank you; thank you so very much,” Philemon started. “It is my great honor to be one of the invited speakers for today’s forum, and I would like to use my time to openly tell you a great secret – one that has now been made known far and wide.
I learned about this from my dear friend, Paul, while I was on a business trip to the port city of Ephesus. It was there that I became a follower of our Lord Jesus, and a lifelong friend to Paul.
He wrote me a letter, and also one to the church that met in my home. I would like to read a brief passage from that letter.
‘God has given me the responsibility of serving His church by proclaiming the word of God in its fullness.’ Paul wrote. ‘This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. And the secret is this — Christ in you is the hope of glory!’”(Colossians 1:25-27)
“The hope of glory?” I asked Paul when I read this.
“Yes!” he eagerly replied, “Christ in you — His presence and power in your life — is the only way you will ever become all that God has created you to be. That is the great secret that is now made known to all!
“And this is why we proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully grown, mature and complete in Christ. It is to this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.” (Colossians 1:28-29).
“My friends,” Philemon said to all of us in the Hall, “This is the great Life Lesson I learned from Paul; and it has made all the difference for me in everything I do.”
Perhaps this illustration will help you see it clearly for yourself.
But this glove was made for a purpose; it was made to be worn on my hand. Apart from me this glove can do nothing. Despite its high quality of design and materials, its fashion and its form – it is nothing until I place my hand inside of it. Once that occurs, then and only then does the glove fulfill its purpose. And with my hand placed securely inside the glove, the glove can now do whatever my hand can do while wearing it.
Thus it could be said that my hand in the glove is the glove’s hope of glory; that is, the glove’s only opportunity of fully becoming what it was made to be.
The same is true and you and me. We were made for a purpose; one that will never be realized apart from our Lord Jesus Christ. Once Christ puts His presence and power into our lives – then we can do whatever Christ can do through us! Paul’s timeless words become our very own, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!’
This is our hope of glory!
In Christ – the defeated become victorious; the weak become strong; the poor become rich! In Christ – the lame are made to leap and dance; the blind are made to see; the enslaved are set free and rejoice!
In Christ – the lowly are raised up; the brokenhearted are healed; sinners are forgiven, and backsliders are restored! In Christ –dreamers are envisioned; builders are empowered; and all are strengthened with might in their inner man!
In Christ – in Christ alone! By Grace – by Grace alone!!
The Great Hall of Truth erupted into a thunderous ovation, and great grace was upon us all.