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How Christ in You Becomes Your Hope of Glory

Christ in you the hope of glory - Col 1:27

If you’re a believer, Christ is in you! But do you know that He is in you as your hope of glory?

In Colossians 1:27 Paul says, “To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

What does it mean for Christ in you to be your hope of glory? It’s definitely a mystery. But it’s a mystery that God wills to make know…and not just to a select few, but to every believer in Christ.

Why should you care? If your hope is elsewhere—for a better hereafter, you may find yourself waiting for years and missing out on what Christ wants to do in you today.

But if you realize that He is such a hope that is now within you—a seed of divine glory—you might be encouraged to cooperate with you for the growth and development of this divine seed.

So in this post, I’ll consider this mysterious hope and discover how Christ in you is your hope of glory in three stages. I’ll also consider how you can experience this hope today.

First, Christ becomes your inner hope of glory by regenerating your spirit

In 1 Peter 1:3 Peter says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

What does it mean by “regenerated  us unto a living hope?”

Footnote 4 on this verse in the Recovery Version says,

Regeneration, like redemption and justification, is an aspect of God’s full salvation. Redemption and justification solve our problem with God and reconcile us to God; regeneration enlivens us with God’s life, bringing us into a relationship of life, an organic union, with God. Hence, regeneration issues and results in a living hope. Such regeneration is accomplished through the resurrection of Christ from the dead. “The resurrection of Christ, bringing in life and the gift of the life-giving Spirit, is that which potentiates the new birth unto a living hope” (Alford).

So the first question you should ask yourself: “Is Christ in me?” If you believe into His name and confess that He is your Lord, He will immediately come into you as the divine seed to be your hope of glory. If you haven’t done so already, simply pray,

 “Lord Jesus, I believe that You are God’s eternal Son who became a sinless man, died on the cross for my sins, and rose from the dead to become a life-giving Spirit. Lord, I receive You as my Savior and life. Come into my spirit, regenerate me with Your divine life. Become my indwelling hope of glory. Lord, I love You.”

If you’ve prayed to receive the Lord Jesus, He, as the seed of the divine life, has come into your spirit as the life of glory, a life full of hope. This hope is similar to the hope parents have for their newborn children. Their hope is that their child will grow normally, develop and mature.

Now that you’ve receive the life of glory, Christ in you, you simply need to let Him grow!

 Second, Christ gradually spreads His life of glory by transforming your soul

After being regenerated by receiving the Lord Jesus, you need to cooperate with His continual transforming work.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18  Paul said, “But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.”

Note 7 on this verse says,

“When we with unveiled face are beholding and reflecting the glory of the Lord, He infuses us with the elements of what He is and what He has done. Thus we are being transformed metabolically to have His life shape by His life power with His life essence; that is, we are being transfigured, mainly by the renewing of our mind (Rom. 12:2), into His image. Being transformed indicates that we are in the process of transformation.”

This transforming process is a life-long operation of Christ as the divine seed spreading throughout your entire soul. As you behold Him day by day, hour by hour and even moment by moment, Christ will transform you to His image from one degree of glory to another.

One of my favorite hymns speaks of coming to the Lord to behold Him. It’s good to practice  coming to the Lord each day, especially in the morning, just to behold Him in His word by means of prayer.

For more appreciation of transformation and how to experience it you may enjoy reading, “The Amazing Process of Transformation as Revealed in the Bible.”

 Finally, Christ will be the glory expressed from within you at the transfiguration of your body

In Philippians. 3:21 Paul says,  “Who will transfigure the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of His glory, according to His operation by which He is able even to subject all things to Himself.”

Note 1 on this verse says, “The transfiguration of our body is the ultimate consummation of God’s salvation. In His salvation God first regenerated our spirit (John 3:6), now is transforming our soul (Rom. 12:2), and consummately will transfigure our body, making us the same as Christ in all three parts of our being.”

To review the point of this post, I’ll leave you with  a couple stanzas and the chorus of a  hymn that I’ve enjoyed on Christ as the hope of glory,

1 Myst’ry hid from ages now revealed to me,
’Tis the Christ of God’s reality.
He embodies God, and He is life to me,
And the glory of my hope He’ll be.
Chorus 
Glory, glory, Christ is life in me!
Glory, glory, what a hope is He!
Now within my spirit He’s the mystery!
Then the glory He will be to me.
2 In my spirit He regenerated me,
In my soul He’s now transforming me.
He will change my body like unto His own,
Wholly making me the same as He.

From this post I hope that you’ll be impressed to pursue a progressive experience of Christ as your indwelling hope of glory, focus on Him as the seed of glory within you and let Him grow every day until you meet Him at His coming back. Then your entire being spirit, soul and body will be glorified to express Him.

Have you enjoyed Christ as your indwelling hope of glory? If so, please share your enjoyment in a brief comment to this post.

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11 Replies

  1. Comfort

    My beloved brother Smith, there is an insight to the revelation of the regeneration of my spirit, as Christ in me the hope of glory. Christ being the express image of His Father lives in me by His spirit. The Holy Spirit indwelling in me fused with my spirit transforming my life daily and my spirit being regenerated to make a reflection of the image of Christ is glorious and pray that God help us to make to the end.

    1. Tom Smith

      Amen. Christ in us, the hope of glory, is a revolutionizing vision for our Christian life. Christ is in our spirit as a seed of life, full of hope. Everything we need is in this seed. We need only to give this seed the ample opportunity to grow. By its growing we will be transformed metabolically to the image of Christ, God’s firstborn Son. May we daily learn to live in this one Spirit with the Lord that His life of glory can be released and expressed through us personally and corporately as His Body, the church.

  2. JOHN MAXWELL HELETI

    yes Christ in us the hope of glory…means…if the word of God in us we have the hope of glory, because Christ is the word of God. Amen this is the reason why we were told to let the word of God be in us richly. Colosian 3:16

    1. Tom Smith

      How wonderful that through our believing into Him, Christ has come into our spirit to be planted in us as the divine seed. As the Seed, Christ in us becomes our hope of glory. Eventually, this seed of life, will spread from our regenerated spirit, saturating our entire soul and ultimately glorify our body. We have such a hope that for eternity we will be conformed to the image of Christ as God’s firstborn Son (Rom. 8:29-30). BY letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly we cooperate with Christ as the hope of glory so that He has the free way to spread in our being. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Oluseyi Solomon

    I am so blessed with the insight you shared here. Years ago, I went through diverse challenges, but refuse to loose hope in God, because of the revelation of the force of hope, I believe there is no hopeless situation with God. Indeed, Christ in me is a hope of glory. This is the Word of hope that I held tenaciously to- Jeremiah 31:16-17 NKJV.

    1. Tom Smith

      Amen. Christ living in us fills us with hope not only for eternity but for today. May we learn to know Christ as the indwelling one by Him as the life-giving Spirit in our spirit. Whenever we call on His name, “Lord Jesus!” we’re filled with Him as our hope. His word is also the word of hope to us. We need to daily feed on the exceedingly great and precious promises in His word (2 Pet. 1:4) to be filled with Him as our hope. Thanks for the encouraging comment.

  4. Princess

    I claim this promise of Jesus Christ living inside of me as my hope of glory, every moment of my life and confess it loudly as often as possible and encourage my children, husband, family members and students whom I teach at school also to do the same. Thus I nullify the efforts of the devil to distract me from my focus on Jesus Christ and emerge victorious in all trials and temptations with the Power of The Lord Almighty in dwelling in me as my hope of Glory!

    1. Tom Smith

      Glad you’ve discovered the preciousness of having Christ in you as your hope of glory! Share this reality with every one you can. Knowing and experiencing such a Christ living in us is the secret to a normal Christian life. Here is the link to a wonderful hymn by Witness Lee that will uplift your appreciation for Christ in you as the hope of glory: Christ is the hope of glory: lyrics and tune

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