Pondering Paul’s Epistles – Colossians 1:24-2:5

EpistlesI love a good mystery. Evidently God does too. Note what Paul says here…

25 I have become (a servant of the church) by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The Older Testament was full of clues that if correctly deciphered would lead to solving the mystery of the Messiah. The Newer Testament is the revealing of how all these clues were pointing to Jesus. Paul is saying that his job as a servant of the Lord is to help people understand that Jesus is indeed the One they are looking for, the One they are longing for, the One that can fulfill all their hopes, the One that can satisfy their deepest needs, the One that can fuel them with strength for each day, and the One that can excite them about the possibilities of tomorrow.

This is also my job. And I dare say that this is also your job as a servant of the gospel and a disciple of Christ. Listen to what Paul says his purpose is. Perhaps we can purpose together to do the same thing as we seek together to make disciples…

My purpose is that (believers) may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

May the Lord use us together to build a church that knows in it’s fulness what the mystery of Christ is really all about.

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