Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 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.
According to Paul, the mystery of the gospel is this: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
So, what exactly does that mean? Who’s hope? Who’s glory?
It is the Father’s hope that when you receive the seed of Christ into your heart it produces the fruit of His glory. In this instance the word “glory” refers to any made seen or made known attribute of God.
For instance, a miracle of healing is the glory of God made seen and known. Gifts of the Spirit are the glory of God revealed. Feeding the poor in the name of Christ is the glory of God made known. Acts of Love, forgiveness, mercy, kindness, these all make God seen and known.
Think of it this way.
“Christ in you, the hope of making God seen and known.”
For us to reach our highest expression of giving glory to God we must have the mind of Christ. So, what is the mind of Christ?
Many would say, “The Word of God is the mind of Christ.” It is true that reading and studying the Bible will renew our minds to God’s way of thinking, the mind of Christ is simply a mindset. It is the realization that I can do nothing of myself. I can do nothing of my own free will.
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Witnesses to Jesus
30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
This understanding puts us all on a level playing field. It doesn’t matter if we have served God faithfully for decades or was just born again yesterday, we can submit our free will to God’s will. We can lay down our sovereignty at His feet and become the express image of His person just like Jesus.
If we live our lives in complete submission to Him we will give Him glory in everything we do.