…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
In the opening verse, the Apostle Paul unveils the mystery that was hidden from ages and from generations; that mystery is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” What does this mean to you? I need you to ponder on it for a moment. In certain places in Scripture, where the word “Christ” is used, it could refer to Jesus—the messiah.
In some other places, it could mean the Church, which is His body: “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). But in our opening scripture, “Christ” doesn’t refer to the Church or the person of Jesus; rather, it refers to the anointing on the man Jesus that made Him different. “Christ” actually means “the anointed one.” Notice the definite article “the” in the phrase “the anointed One,” meaning it’s not just anybody that you call Christ; it’s got to be the anointed one. Praise God!
When he says “Christ in you, the hope of glory,” he’s talking about the anointing on the person of Christ Jesus. In other words, he’s saying, “That anointing in you is the hope of glory.” The man Jesus doesn’t live in you, per se; He’s in heaven. Though you might say, “Jesus is in me,” that’s only acceptable in generic terminology, because the man, Jesus, ascended to heaven and He’s seated at the right hand of God. But the Holy Spirit brings His presence and makes His anointing known and available to you today. So, Christ is in you, but not the man Jesus.
Now, this is the mystery: the totality of the character and nature of the man Jesus, all that He represents—His life, power, wisdom, majesty, glory and grace—are in you. Meditate on this and have the “Christ in me” consciousness. Fix your gaze on that truth; put your mind on it, for this is no religion!
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Dear Father, I thank you for Christ, the anointed One and His anointing, live in me; all that the anointing represents— His life, power, glory, wisdom, righteousness and grace—are expressed in and through me! Christ in me is my confidence for a glorious, prosperous, and victorious life, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Galatians 2:20; 1 John 2:27