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Our hope of glory, Jesus 8/16/10
There is a statement that is often made in relation to our sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others: People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

As we continue our journey through Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians, last week we observed how Paul began to show his beloved recipients of his letter of how much he cared for them, to the point that he told them that he rejoiced in the fact that the sufferings that he was experiencing were for their spiritual benefit. He began to share with them of the nature of the kingdom of God (the body of Jesus Christ) through personal example, in that he considered his (Paul's) personal life secondary to the spiritual life and growth of those to whom he was writing to. In our reading today, he further explains of that which he wishes to share with them.

Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation(stewardship/commission) of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;(fully preach the Word, or to make it fully known)

He emphasizes that the preaching of the Word is of utmost importance in his ministry, for it is through the preaching of the Word of faith that souls are brought to salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. In another place, Paul encourages his young co-worker to preach the Word, telling him that not all will receive the Word.

KJV 2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

He speaks of the progressive revelation of Jesus Christ, the long prophesied and awaited Messiah, who now has been revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Those who lived in the Old Testament time only saw Him in shadows, figures, similitudes and allegories.

1 Peter 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

KJV 2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
KJV 2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
KJV 2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

He speaks of the riches of the glory of this revelation, in that it is Christ in us, Who is our hope of glory. A glory which may only be seen through the illumination of the Holy Spirit. This is the hope spoken about in his letter to the Romans. The gift of the Holy Spirit bestows upon us the promise of salvation which is eternal. It can be compared to having an earnest money agreement on a house. The house is not ours yet, but it is promised to us in the future. There would be much that could be written on this particular verse, but we will simply say that the even seeing and experiencing a small part of this glory/splendor of God in Christ Jesus fills our souls with such confidence and assurance that the joy of our relationship in Christ and of the expected heaven fills our souls. Being a partaker of the glory of God empowers us to look upon our trials from heaven instead of from earth. Being a partaker of the glory of God through Christ enables us to be a thankful servant within His kingdom. May the Lord open our eyes wider to the glory that is ours now and which is immeasureably greater on the other side!

27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: {in: or, among}

KJV 1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

KJV Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Here we make the point that often Paul preached from positive side as well as the negative side in his ministry, for in this next verse he both warns as well as teaches. We see that illustrated overall in the entire book as to this point He has been coming from the positive point of view. For he has not as of yet directly spoken of the dangers (negative) that their minister, Epaphras, most likely wrote to him about. In our verse below, he warns as well as teaches.. Through both approaches, he wants them to understand that it is only through the work and person of Jesus Christ as spoken through the Word that they will be presented as mature, fully grown believers to God.

28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect (mature, fully grown) in Christ Jesus:

1 Coriinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. {words: or, speech}
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

He took his ministry very serious, as far as effort was concerned, but recognized that both the will and the doing came from God his Father. He also realized that there was no limit to the power that worked in him, that power which came from God, and which has its greatest effect through the church.

29 Whereunto I also labour,(to the point of weariness) striving (agonize) according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

. Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

KJV Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; {conflict: or, fear, or, care}
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
ESV Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ,
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. {In whom: or, Wherein}

Paul begins the second chapter with words which reflect his care and concern for the Christians in Laodicea, for those who he has never seen, but yet has great care for them. He prays for their comfort, for their unity through love and that they would have the knowledge of this mystery of God, and of the Father, in and through Jesus Christ. That is what he has been emphasizing to this point, for from the early part of the first chapter, he began to pray that they would be filled with the knowledge and will of God in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. He then went on to add other things to his prayer for them, but the first part of his prayer was directed at their being filled with the knowledge and will of God in spiritual wisdom and understanding. Now he adds to that prayer, as we see in verse 3 of chapter 2, he says all this is to be found in Jesus Christ. Soon Paul will begin to address some of the dangers of false teaching that is coming upon the Colossian congregation, but up to this point he has not directly addressed the particulars. He has layed out the truth before them, pointed them to what God has done in Christ Jesus through the cross, encouraged them to continue holding fast to the promise of the gospel of Jesus Christ, has revealed his heart of love and care for them, and now beginning with verse 4 will begin to address some of the false teachings that they are being faced with. We will begin with verse 4 of chapter 2 in our next segment.

May we be filled with the knowledge and will of God through Christ Jesus today.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 16 Aug 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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