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The Mystery Revealed

26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that works powerfully in me. (Colossians 1:26-29)


Yesterday, we read on how Paul was a servant dedicated to sharing the gospel message to everyone. Then, in verse 26, we see a secret, “the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints.” This mystery refers to a few things. First, that God “wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery.” God had always planned to have the Gentiles be included in receiving this mystery. Second, the mystery is that the salvation is through the revelation of Jesus Christ, “which is…in you, the hope of glory.”


For centuries, God’s chosen people were looking forward to the coming of the Messiah. We can see the joy of the mystery revealed as to Christ being the Messiah in the life of Simeon. He was promised He praises God in Luke 2:29-32, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” Now that Christ had provided the gift of salvation, believers can have the “hope of glory,” meaning that after death, believers will be in heaven.


Paul states then that “we,” the body of believers, are to “proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” Now that the mystery of salvation is revealed, the church is to proclaim the gospel message and grow in maturity. We see this in Jesus’ final words before He ascended into heaven in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


This task does take a lot of effort, as described as a “labor.” Paul stated that he experienced suffering, but he still rejoiced. He is able to accomplish this hard work and suffering because Christ’s strength “works powerfully in me.”


The mystery of eternal life has been revealed through Jesus Christ. Anyone who repents and believes in Him as Lord and Savior will be saved and have hope for the future glory in heaven. If you are a believer already, may we be like Paul, proclaiming this gospel message, warning others to avoid sin and temptation, and teaching one other according to God’s Word that we all may mature in Christ. May we accomplish these labors, knowing that we can rely on Christ for strength.


Blessings,

Isaac De Guzman

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