That is it. He was willing to act on the belief that He had the hope of glory for this desperate leper. Jesus gave us the example of the Kingdom being at hand Mark The Kingdom of Heaven is in your hand. The Kingdom of Heaven, the hope of glory, that is Christ Jesus is in your hand ready to be released into the world and to the people that are searching for the very glory they were created to live in. A few weeks ago, I was traveling to a conference and found myself wandering around the airport waiting for a connecting flight. I had forgotten a few items and found myself in an overpriced airport store requesting help from a young lady working at the register.
She helped me find what I was looking for and quickly checked me out. As I left the store, I heard the Holy Spirit say to go back and pray for her. I turned around, but she had a customer. So I walked some more and circled back to the store. As I returned, she was going on break, and I told her that I felt like I was supposed to pray for her.
She was stunned but said yes. I began to pray over her, and the Lord started to pour out His love for her. She was so thankful for the prayer and said it was all true. I started to tell her that I felt that the Lord was pursuing her and that He loved her deeply. I asked her if she had a relationship with Jesus to which she responded that she prayed to Him. Surely in love. It is to love and be loved. It is love—the love of the Father to the Son and of the Son to the Father—recognized by men, seen, wondered at, and shared in, by men like the disciples.
Heaven is nothing but the manifestation of the Eternal One, wherein all worketh and willeth in quiet love. He began in allegory, passed on to parable, symbol, law, prophecy, and finally put the infinite into speech that a little child can utter. The sum of all the revelation of God is—Love.
It opens to us the glory of a state, or spiritual condition, of which He is Lord by all the rights of that love with which He was glorified. We are called to this state, and we abide in it through fellowship with Him; more, we abide in it through the grace of vocation. The glory of the Crucified becomes likewise the glory of the faithful soul. The great love which burned in Him is to burn in us; the same utter selflessness and unworldliness must be in us as in Him.
Christ in you
Here is, perhaps, the point where our own personal failures and personal difficulties come to mind. Jesus was glorified by the utter sacrifice of all to the supreme demand of Divine love. We are humiliated by the occasional triumphs in us of dispositions which we have not subjected to the law of Divine love. That is our sorrow; but it should also be the concern of our souls to bring all things so completely into subjection to Christ that He may throw around us the glory of His own love.
It is the glory of love in the noblest, most heroic sense. We know how often the love which stirs us in devotion is found weak in the presence of demands which would reduce self to the uttermost, or call forth our energies in work which has no visible reward. Jesus was glorified in His Passion. We are glorified as we are made one with Him in love, which is most truly human because it is most gloriously Divine.
Brett, The Witness of Love, Recognize, then, the dignity, responsibility, destiny of human life. O if the soul Be truly emptied—yielded up to Him, And He in all His fulness dwell within— A Power to serve—a Zeal to watch and pray— A Faith to claim the promises—a Love To sympathize and win—a Patience learnt In sorrows of His manhood, and a Crown Won by a Cross—if such a Life be ours As He has laid within the reach of all, No pathway is too rough for us to tread— No height beyond our reach—no task too hard To be performed—no law of His too high To be fulfilled in us.
This glory, it should be noticed, is not simply heaven, and it is not entirely future.
Is It Sinful to Watch Sin on a Screen?
Christ in us is the hope of the full manifestation of our character in love which never can be here; but it begins here. We love at once, as soon as we recognize that He first loved us.
And St. The immature faith of a Peter may fail and fall, but he can appeal from the very failure of his weakness to the heart of his love. In spiritual experience we are conscious of the indwelling Christ—in yearnings for God, in holy affections and growing sympathies, in passionate consecration, in pious, fervent, joyous worship, in ineffable communion.
In our relations to our brother men, the indwelling of Christ is manifested in the purity, rectitude, and benevolence of all these relations. Again, it implies a mind one with God, over which no shadow of uncleanness or untruth ever passes, which seeks only to know His will, and, knowing it, to carry it out in the world. To purity and truth it adds peace and a certain dignity derived from independence of all things.
Our Hope: The Glory of God
It is heaven upon earth—to live loving all men, disturbed by nothing, fearing nothing. It is a temper of mind which is unshaken by changes of religious opinion, which is not dependent upon outward observances of religion. Such a character we may meet with once or twice in a long life, and derive a sort of inspiration from it. And oh! It is woven into the very structure of his message. He cares not at all for the shell of religion. Christ is resident within, and thereby produces a new spirit—a principle of power, a source of illumination, an earnest of unimagined glory. Jones, Studies in Mystical Religion, If one were to ask us if Christ is being formed in us, or if we are on the way to glory, what do we answer?
Joy and peace are the causes of hope. McLaren of Manchester, Rightly so. God is the God of hope, and His truth, like Himself, carries the atmosphere of good cheer.
God was the centre of darkness. His throne was iron. His heart was marble. His laws were huge implements of destruction. Repentance toward God was moving toward the arctics and away from the tropics. The Reformers came in to lead men away from medievalism back to God Himself. Men found hope again in redemptive love. They saw that any conception of God that dispirited and depressed men was perverted and false. Hillis, The Investment of Influence, What, then, does the Bible say about hope? He looks at the great iron claws of it and he answers that he is sure it will hold, if there is anything to hold by.
We have a hope which is placed on that Saviour and Lord who has ascended to the right hand of the Father. Our hope is an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast. Watts some time before received a letter which had moved him profoundly. The photograph had been bought with a few remaining shillings and the message pondered, and so for one life the whole course of events had been changed. Cecil Rhodes, and when I next looked up I saw in his moistened eyes how deeply they had touched him. Watts, in George Frederic Watts, ii. Wilberforce, The Hope of Glory, How can Christ be in us?
Is He not in heaven: throned in glory everlasting?
Colossians Christ in You, the hope of Glory
He is, yet is He in us. As to the body, He is on the throne of the Highest. The loving Man rules the courts of heaven. But He is in us as to His Spirit. All the relations of my soul to Christ are personal, vital, and conscious.
I speak to Him all my thoughts and feelings. I tell Him my secret in the common prayer of the congregation. He blesses me with an individual application of the common grace. I consciously hold intercourse with Him, in more intimate, uncalculating confidence than a man with his friend. He represents Himself as the Shepherd of the sheep, as calling His own sheep by name and leading them out. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
What a unique conception of religious life and inspiration it is! His is not a common benevolence; it is a personal, discriminating love. Mine is not a general loyalty, it is a distinctive affection and service—a worship, a consecration, and, if needs be, a martyrdom. It cannot be detected by the physical senses, for it is not a sensible fact. But to him who cultivates the sensibility to the unseen and exercises his inner senses to discern good and evil, the reality of the presence of Christ may become as indisputable as anything demonstrable by the bodily organs.
Such communion with a personal Christ assimilates character to His likeness. Berean Study Bible 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. Berean Literal Bible to whom God has willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory, New American Standard Bible to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
New King James Version To them 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. King James Bible To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Christian Standard Bible God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Contemporary English Version God did this because he wanted you Gentiles to understand his wonderful and glorious mystery.
And the mystery is that Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God's glory.