God’s life in us
This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. Colossians 1:26-28 Paul asserted from the text that it was through the preaching and sharing of the gospel that people come to a relationship with God. “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17). But it does not stop just by attaining salvation for as Paul said, “We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.” It was God’s plan that the rule of Christ to those who trusted their lives in Him will result to spiritual maturity. This life is manifested, as Paul mentioned from the text, through the manifestation of the glory of Christ for “Christ lives in you.” His plan includes sustaining us until the end so we will be found blameless. “He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:8-9). Each time we face trials in life, we meet such challenges knowing that the risen Lord is working and living in us. When He calls us to serve Him, we can carry out the assignment for He will empower us. This is why while we are here on earth we do not stop learning from God and His word. Not only to gain information about God but to help us grow giving Him full control of our lives. As we grow to spiritual maturity, just like Paul, we take part in telling others about Christ. We also take part in helping those that came to know Christ to grow in their faith attaining spiritual maturity. This is hard work for it takes sacrifice to help others grow in their faith. But just like Paul, we can find joy in seeing ourselves grow in faith as well as those that we are ministering. There is spiritual fruit manifested when we grow in our relationship with God. “This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace” (Colossians 1:6). The presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in our lives is what will help us grow in faith for we learn how to allow Him to live His life through us.
Noel De Guzman