is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in
all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
Where do secrets come
from? Where do they all start? They begin with little stories and a
series of connections. These stories and connections are often
passed down from generation to generation. The thoughts and actions
of the past bring us here, to the present.
Paul writes this book
specifically for the people of Colosse. At that time in history,
false teachings had spread like wildfire. Although Paul never
visited the church at Colosse, he writes to them to explain the
connections they need to understand. Writing from the prison in
Rome, Paul implores the people of Colosse not to get caught up in
false teachings that were intermingled with the truth. The
teachers, at the time, falsely spread the news that this “mystery”
was exclusive to the privileged. However God had a bigger plan.
Paul calls it a ‘mystery that has been kept hidden for ages’. When
Christ came, the mystery was revealed. It is “Christ in you, the
hope of glory” (v. 27).
When you accept Christ
into your life, God’s plan - that Jesus would live in the hearts of
those who believe in Him - becomes revealed in you. There is no
longer a mystery. It has been laid out before us and is carried out
through us! The Gentiles, especially those in Colosse, needed to
hear that. As this little secret was passed down from generation to
generation, Christ’s entrance into the world made this secret
available to each person who believed in Him. As we read this
passage, we are challenged to meditate upon how we know Christ.
What has Jesus revealed to us? The message was revealed to Paul and
he laboured for the church. Knowing this truth, it becomes our job
to share with others this beloved secret today.
Help us, O Lord, to
spread the Good News of the mystery that’s been revealed to us. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever
happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.” 1
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