I’ve never been a big fan of secrets. Secrets involve information that you can’t tell...or are they?! Get this, in Colossians, Paul tells us that God had a secret. I’m serious! Listen to this: Colossians 1:26-27: “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...
”Oh boy, here it comes!! Here’s the big secret!!“...Christ lives in you.
This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.”
Whoa!!! What a beautiful and POWERFUL secret!! Christ lives IN you!
I literally have to keep repeating that phrase over and over, personalizing it, just to make sure it sinks in: Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. oh my...The Spirit that brought sight to blind eyes, lives in me.
The Spirit that made the mute speak, lives in me.
The Spirit that has authority over hell itself, lives in me.
The Spirit that brought the dead to life, lives in me.
Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. And because Jesus Christ lives in me, my identity is identical to Jesus’ identity.
Jesus Christ is holy. He lives in me, making me holy.
Jesus Christ is pure. He lives in me, making me pure.
Jesus Christ is righteous. He lives in me, making me righteous.
Jesus Christ is worthy. He lives in me, making me worthy.
And get this...Jesus Christ is sinless...making me sinless. Yes, in God’s eyes, you are sinless! Sin cannot enter God’s presence. So, Jesus took away your sin, giving you access to God at any time. “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Sometimes we forget that Jesus came to “take away the sins of the world.” Yeah, let that sink in: Jesus TOOK AWAY the sins of the world and “all who BELIEVED HIM AND ACCEPTED HIM, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12, 29 The sinless, spotless, Lamb of God, makes His home inside of you in the person of the Holy Spirit; making you a sinless, spotless, child of almighty God. We are actually commanded to come “Boldly into His presence.” Jesus Christ has chosen to unite himself to you, joining His Spirit with your spirit. And now, the two have become one. 1 John 4:17 says this: “As He is, so are we in this world.” So whatever attributes, authority, and power that is in Jesus, because of your relationship with Him, He gives them back to you. “As He IS, so are you!” He has joined Himself to you, and now you can overcome anything...ANYTHING. Because nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with God! You have peace with Almighty God because Christ lives in You. And that’s a “secret” that is MEANT TO BE SHARED!! “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.” Colossians 1:26-27 NLT (emphasis mine)What a God! He actually wants to share His glory with his children.
What a Father! Who spared no expense in His redemptive plan.
What a Savior! He willingly gave up His life, to have yours.
What a Holy Spirit! Who makes His home in our hearts, empowering us to carry out and share with the world this incredible, beautiful, most awesome SECRET!“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NLTVerses for further study and meditation:“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22 NLT“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.”
Ephesians 1:4 NLT“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his, Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ, we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” Romans 8:11, 14-17 NLT“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” 1 John 4:17 NLT“But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.”
1 Corinthians 6:17 NLT“ Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” 1 Peter 3:9 KJV*I have personally emphasized these verses...just in case I needed to make that clarification