“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:” (Col 1:27).
The word hope as used in that verse is not referring to wishful expectation. It is not referring to uncertainty and wishfully hoping that something would happen. Rather it is referring to a surety, something that we can be very confident about. The verse is saying that because Christ is in us we have this confidence and surety that we would manifest in glory. Now this is not just referring to the glory we would manifest at his second coming. We would manifest glory both then and now, because Christ is living in us.
“And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” (Col 1:27).
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20).
Christ living in us, that is the hope of glory. This is not just referring to being born again, rather it is about giving ourselves to live by the life of Christ in us. The glory is in the life of Christ, and as we live by that life and grow into it we are sure to manifest God’s glory. Paul said he had to die to self in order to live by the life of Christ. Yes, it takes sacrifice and it takes faith, for Christ lives in us by faith. The point I am trying to make in this post is that as we strive to live by the life of Christ and grow in that life we can be filled with confidence that we would manifest glory. By strive, I mean rest. Yes, resting in the life of Christ in us.
“For we who have believed enter that rest… Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Heb 4:3,11).
We strive with our unbelief, we strive to rest by faith, and as we rest in the Christ who lives in us we can be rest assured that we would manifest his glory in this age. It is by faith that we rest, we cease from the works of the flesh, we cease living our lives, and just rest in the life of Christ in us, allowing that life to find expression. As we do that we look forward to the day that we will burst forth in glory. It is step by step, and with each step we know we are coming closer to the fullness of God expressing itself in glory through our lives.
Yes step by step, each time we yield to the Spirit, each time we forsake our ways and will for His, each time we refuse to live by our lives and instead live by his life, each time we spend pressing in to the fullness of God, it is a step closer to that manifestation of glory. And as the Life in us is allowed to grow it will surely bring us to glory even while on earth.