11/12/2016 – Meditation

“And you who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, …

“…to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The only way I can be reconciled to God who is the creator of all things is through the blood of Christ. God was pleased to make peace with all things, through the death of Christ and the blood shed on the cross. God reconciled me with him in Christ. The word of God contained in the Scriptures is God revealing himself. This word of God was mystery hidden for ages but God was pleased to reveal this mystery to Paul. And the mystery is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It is indeed all about Christ from the beginning to the end. Who he is and what he has done is the ultimate good news for sinners. Christ is described as God the son, who is the creator of all things and for whom all things exist. He is preeminent in all things but what God has done in Christ is also described, which is the work of redemption through his blood in death. Paul knew nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified. “Him we proclaim, …that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

Paul says he has great struggles for fellow Christians that “their hears may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the wisdom and knowledge.” Christ is all. Paul cannot stress enough that Christ is indeed in the center of all things.