The Mystery of Christ in You...the Hope of GloryBro. David Chancellor
8/8/1999 6:00 PM
Colossians 1:24-29, 2:1-3
It's a mystery to some how a life can be so changed by the power of God. The apostle Paul's life is as great an example of change as any. This mystery had been hid from mankind over the ages, but it is now manifested to his saints. Some still don't know what the power of God can do in the heart of man. Much of what is preached today about Jesus doesn't offer much hope for mankind. There is as much concern that people be made perfect as well as the need for the warning. There is both goodness and severity to God. Goodness to change lives; severity because we have to face the judgment. God is now our Savior - offering deliverance and help, but one day he is going to be our judge. He'll have to be just then, but now mercy is offered. Our work today is that we can present mankind before God perfect. He wanted these others to be successful and prosper. We're concerned that people come to know God. It's our work that mankind know what God has provided.
Paul was a prisoner for the sake of the Gentiles. Had he just preached to the Jews they could have almost tolerated him. Whenever the Jews would reject the message, the apostle Paul went on to the ones that wanted to hear it. When people aren't interested it won't matter how much you preach - as long as they aren't interested they won't accept it. There are still people who want to hear the gospel, and these are the ones we should talk to the most. When you read a mystery book you want the final revelation - when the mystery ceases to be a mystery. The grace of God in the heart of man might be a mystery to some, but it doesn't have to be a mystery to you. Things that were not revealed in other ages were revealed to the apostle Paul and his fellow Christians. The apostles and prophets of that time had things revealed to them and they understood it by the Spirit of God. The Jews were missing out on the truth of God's word because while they had the scripture they didn't have the spirit to help them to understand it. It doesn't matter really what translation you get - you won't understand the word of God without the spirit of God. People won't understand if God won't open up their understanding. God would have all men to see. The concepts of the Bible go deeper than just the meaning of words. If you only get it at the level of words chances are you are missing out on the concept and meaning of the Bible. The truth is the truth, regardless of the translation. When something that has later been translated again is nowhere close to the older translation, it is not a translation, but a perversion. The message of holiness and other concepts are found all throughout the Bible. The truth of God's word is spread throughout the Bible.
1 Timothy 3:9, 14-16
The mystery of godliness is great. God was manifest in the flesh - the Spirit of God was on Jesus; he was seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. When we are shown something by the spirit of God we need to live it. We need to have a pure conscience and life before the world. It's important to hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. You have to make the truth apart of your life. We need the spirit of God to reveal himself to us. We want to behave ourselves as the church of God ought to behave. We don't want to hold the theory's and let got the practical side of it.
"the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest... for the obedience of faith..." This was made known that we might obey through faith. Obedience produces works in our life. We are able to be obedient by the power of God. God isn't going to reveal and help you to know and understand without there being an obligation to do something with it. He reveals things that we can obey thru faith. We can have one of the two mysteries in us - the mystery of iniquity or the mystery of Christ in us the hope of glory. It would be sad to go through life not knowing the mystery of Christ in you...