To them 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 1:27 NIV

Strong's Greek dictionary refers to the word doxēs (translated here as glorious or glory) as "the unspoken manifestation of God". Paul tells us here that this manifestation is a mystery and it is the very thing that we hope for. A mystery because the ways and workings of God are not easily discerned. And so hopeful because Christ is living in and threw us.

That I think is the heart of this verse. We have hope of being glorious, both now and forever, because Christ is in us. Being united with Jesus means we are united with glory - the glory of the Son of God. In Him we are the unspoken manifestation of God. His glory is on display each time we love unconditionally and serve sacrificially. Simply glorious.

Lord, please help us to walk in ways that manifest your presence and reveal your glory.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.


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