CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY! In Colossians 1:27 one of God’s mysteries that had been kept hidden “for ages and generations” is now disclosed “to the Lord’s people” and that mystery is, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” John MacArthur said, “What does Paul mean by the phrase, “The Hope of glory?” Well, the only glory that a man could have—now or in the future—is obtained only when Christ is dwelling in us.” I agree with that statement and it would be well to define glory so we know what we are talking about. The word “Glory” as it relates to worldly man has the idea or meaning of (1) “rank or power;” (2) “praise, honor & dignity.” It is used to describe Solomon in Matthew 6:29 where it talks of “Solomon in all his glory.” Solomon and his kingdom was number one in the world and the entire world praised and honored him.
The word Glory, as it relates to God is used to ascribe, (1) “honor and praise”; and (2) “brightness, brilliance, and splendor”. In the New Testament this is borne out time and time again as men give praise and honor to God, such as the one out of ten healed lepers who returned to give “glory” or praise and honor to God. In Acts 22:11 it says Saul or Paul was blinded by the “brilliance of the light” or literally, the “glory of that light.” That light was the glory of Jesus shining forth. The word Glory relating to the Christian is used to describe the brilliance of those who share heavenly glory; such as when Moses, Elijah & Jesus demonstrated this glory on the mount of transfiguration, as recorded in Luke 9. This is what we will experience one day.
Glory is a word used to describe Jesus coming to set up God’s future kingdom. It is a word that describes His majesty, His superior rank, His power, His brilliance and His splendor. And Christians get to share in all of that.
Finally, Glory is also a word used in an ethical sense. The NSBE says, “the term is used to describe the essential nature, the perfection of the Deity, and is shared by others because they are made partakers of the Divine nature.” We will all share God’s glory in the future because in an ethical sense we will all be perfect one day. So when we are speaking of Hoping for Glory, we are saying we have a confident expectation that one day we will share in God’s perfection. At that time we will receive praise and honor and dignity for being His children and being part of His kingdom. We will be clothed in the brilliant righteousness of God, and we will be ethically and morally perfect. Who would not want to have this Hope, this confident expectation of the future? And it is not dependent on me…it is dependent on what Jesus has done for me and my acceptance of His work on my behalf. As John Hagee would say, “Give glory to God.” Clap, give God a hand. More to come on this topic.