Wednesday, November 2, 2016

A Mystery

Everyone loves a mystery! However, the Bible speaks
of mystery as a secret, something unknown in earlier
ages. God the Father had a divine secret that He carried
throughout the Old Covenant. He worked through the
years, never fully disclosing His heart until the fullness
of time when the Father sent forth the Son of His love;
then by the Holy Spirit, made known the fullness of His
love toward the gentiles. The Apostle Paul became a 
" make the word of God fully known,
 the mystery hidden for ages and for generations 
but now revealed to his saints."

It is in the first chapter of Colossians that this divine
secret is disclosed as the matchless, incomparable
"That in all things he might have pre-eminence." 
Its beginning is within the heart of every believer.
The mystery is: (trumpets please)
"Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Dear Reader, I have paraphrased what was penned
by T Austin-Sparks in the first few pages of his book,
The Centrality of Christ. You may not be able to find
his book, but you can find the book of Colossians
and the first chapter is rather overwhelming. If you
do nothing else, chew on this one phrase,
"Christ in me, the hope of glory!"

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