Sadly, many churches have missed the most important point in the message of Jesus. Which is to say they missed the whole thing. They talk about Jesus and the Bible but have never understood what Paul called “the Word of God in it’s fullness.” It’s the key. It changes the News into Good News. You don’t want to miss it!
God foretold the coming of Jesus, His crucifixion and resurrection, but He held one part back, hidden, until Jesus had come. Paul called it a “mystery.”
“…the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints.” (Colossians 1:26)
Without grasping this “mystery,” nothing about the message of Jesus “works.” Jesus’ atoning sacrifice and God’s forgiveness would be useless. The idea of being “holy and without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22 – See: No Halfway Measure) would be a farce. Except for this amazing truth:
“… God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27b)
The “fullness” of the Gospel, the “mystery” held back until Jesus had appeared, is this: When a person trusts and surrenders to Jesus Christ, Jesus begins to live eternally in his or her soul, by means of His Holy Spirit. Jesus said,
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:20)
“Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. [literally, dwell within him]“ (John 14:23)
Receiving the Spirit and life of Jesus is how the believer crosses over from death to eternal life.
““I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)
This eternal life in us is the reason for our “hope of glory,” literally, for our confidence in the successful eternal outcome of following Jesus. Trying to follow Him without His Spirit would be like trying to use GPS without a satellite connection. Or a blender without electricity. It would be impossible, without His life in us, to commune with God and grow in His ways. We would be reduced to trying to follow a list of religious rules and failing. But the Good News is this: if we truly trust Him, Jesus lives in us, empowering us and transforming us.
Don’t miss this!