The Hope of Glory
The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
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.
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
To this end I also labour, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
[Colossians :26-29 NKJV]
I don’t know about you, but the sight of a beautiful view - preferably across the sea - always fills me with The Lord’s promise and a sense of His unfathomable greatness. My mother always said that having been brought up on the coast she needed to be near the ocean and smell the salt tang and the ozone - I understand that. The elements in which we live out our days must have a profound affect on who we are. They place something within us that becomes us. There is an overwhelming wonder at the vastness of the ocean; an amazement at the grandeur of great mountains, and who is not transfixed by the rising or setting sun.
The word that most often springs to mind when faced with the beauty of God’s creation in nature is ‘glorious’. But I have often wondered, “what is glory?” The word is defined as “high renown or honour won by notable achievements” or as “magnificence or great beauty.” Scripturally it means “dignity, honour, praise or worship”, but none of these seem to do the word justice. No word or set of words brings that awe-inspiring flooding with passion that we get from the word itself.
Then we read what Paul says in Colossians: that God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory. Almighty God brought forth in great power that passionate emergence of His glory into the world. Christ within you. Knowing we have that life is what brings the eternal spring of hope to us - the hope that we also will be absorbed into His glory.
“Christ In Us, Our Hope of Glory”
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Tuesday 7th July 2020
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GEORGE and GILL STEWART