As I read the scriptures in
Colossians 1:24-27 quoted below, the first thought I had was that the “Glory of God” is Jesus the Christ, God’s only begotten Son.
Then when I reread (v 27) and saw the word “mystery,” my “thinker” started working. What is the “mystery” which is made visible [manifest] to His saints [born again believers] of the “Hope of Glory?”
First, our “hope” is our knowing what we are as a Christian. Knowing that we are born again and that Heaven is our home is our first step in our “Hope of Glory.” This knowledge relates to knowing, “If you died today, this very moment, you would reside in heaven with God the Father and His only begotten son, Jesus the Christ.”
So then, our “Hope” is in our faith “which is Christ in you” which is the “mystery” that Paul is talking about. Paul is revealing something, which (in his time) was an unknown. The thought that God, through the Holy Spirit, would actually reside within a person was a conceptual mystery. Through our knowledge of Jesus, (from His Word,) this mystery has been revealed to us. Now we know we are the temple, and through the Holy Spirit, we are taught. I like to think of the Holy Spirit as my conscience and allow my conscience to be my guide.
Being guided by the Holy Spirit, we are to exhort [comfort, invite, pray with/for] one another. As children of Christ, we are brethren, brothers, and sisters through the blood of Christ. We are to love one another as loving siblings, not quarrelsome children.
Be a helper and be sure others see the “Christ in you” through your works, not prideful boastful works, but works for the Lord.
Bro John R. E Chastain