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9th May 2023


The Hope of Glory

‘In Christ’ God, who is the God of hope, releases abundant hope to us
It is a hope that is living & does not disappoint. Sure, steadfast & certain.
It holds us fast like an anchor & we are to hold fast to it (seize it tightly).
That hope is made available & real to us through the saving work of Christ.
That will be our focus for today.


the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all
wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Colossians 1:26-28


The hope we have in Christ is glorious, good news for fallen sinful humanity.
Through the death & resurrection of Christ sin, death & evil are defeated (2 Timothy 1:10).
New life, eternal everlasting life, the very life of God Himself, is available ‘in Christ’.
This is the great mystery of the gospel made available through faith in the saving work of Christ.
Christ living in the believer through the presence of the indwelling Spirit (Romans 8:11).
What a mighty, magnificent hope.

Our hope ’In Christ’ brings God’s pardon, peace, presence & parenthood. So good!! SELAH
Christ living within us floods us with the expectation of glory!!
We are being transformed from glory unto glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) as we are conformed to the image of the Son (Romans 8:29).
We will also be revealed in glory in God’s glorious New Creation (Romans 8:16-25).
All creation is desperately waiting for this great day.
This is the great hope of the gospel (Colossians 1:23) & the expectation of every believer.
Glory in the present & even more glory in the future!!! SELAH
Glorified like the Son in God’s glorious New Creation.
Wow what a MASSIVE hope. Hallelujah!!!

The mystery of salvation has been made known through Christ’s death & resurrection.
This has been laid hold of by the saints through saving, believing faith ‘in Christ’.
That is the hope of salvation (saved, being saved & to be saved) that the children of God hold tight to.
This is the message that is preached now that that mystery has been made known.
Christ in us (by his Spirit) the source of salvation & hope of glory in our hearts.
The greatest message & hope that the world will ever hear. Glory be to God.

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I expressing the great hope I carry?
  • Am I working out my salvation (past, present & future) with fear & trembling?
  • Meditate upon Christ in you the hope of Glory in your heart.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father, God of hope,
Thank you for the mystery of salvation manifest in Christ the saviour,
Thank you so much that it found its way to me.
Jesus thank you for Your great sacrifice to save me,
And that You live in me by Your Spirit.
Holy Spirit keep me expressing my hope & working out my salvation,
With reverent awe & respect unto the Lord.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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