“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It is that simple.”
Colossians 1:26 (The Message)
Human beings are funny – so curious, so eager to find out, such a need to know. I suppose that God put it into us at creation, perhaps so that we would desire to know more about his incredible and unbelievable creation that speaks of him. But these same characteristics apply to fiction as well. Just consider how many fictional mysteries there have been and the huge audiences and readerships they have built up because we want to know “whodunit? or how it all turns out in the end” Those of a certain age may remember Dick Barton – Special Agent on the BBC Light Programme in the late 1940s – Dick, Jock and Snowy unravelling the mysteries of the time. More recently there’s been Sherlock Holmes, Sexton Blake, Poirot, Miss Marple, not to mention all the police and modern detective series and of course the biggest drama of all – Bond. We want to know the answer to the mystery.
Mysteries are mentioned in the bible 27 times, but the apostle Paul seems to rate the one quoted above as one of the greatest. Think how shocked the disciples must have been when they first learnt this. How could Jesus who is God possibly be living in them? It must have sounded like blasphemy, and up to that time even the angels didn’t know what was going to happen (1 Peter 1:12). Yet Jesus had told them about this in John 14 where he promised to send the Holy Spirit and that he and the father would make their home with the disciples (and by inference all Christians through the ages).
Even now, it’s hard to accept that the God who created the universe is living in all true believers and what’s more, it was planned more than 13.7 billion years ago before the creation of the universe! Yet the bible says it is so and thanks to Jesus living in us, we have the hope of glory, the resurrection, as Paul wrote. We know how it turns out in the end! Only Christianity offers the unique final solution. Whodunit? Jesus did.
Let’s remember when times are tough (and when they good) that we have the incredible God of all creation, not only with us, but in us.
Wonderful God – Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit – thanks so much for the miracle of your living in us. Help us always to remember it and to live for you.
Study by Brian Smith