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Written by Ir. David Kurniadi for Pastor Handoko Pangarso   
Monday, 07 August 2017 07:58

“The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations (from angels and men), but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), to whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of the mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of (realizing the) glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27)


The great mystery, which was hidden for ages and generations, is: Christ within you and among you. Why it was hidden for ages and generations? To answer this question we must return to the beginning of the history, that was the creation of mankind.


In the beginning when God created human being God said: “Let Us (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over (creations)” (Genesis 1:26)


This verse talks about the purpose of the creation of mankind, that is to have the image and likeness of God. Specifically is to have the image and likeness of the Son of God? Why.


It’s because, that of the Three Persons of the Godhead - the Holy Trinity, the Son of God is the (only) One in Whom the whole fullness of the Godhead dwells in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). He is the image of God and has the exact likeness of the unseen God; the visible representation of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).


So, God’s original purpose for the creation of mankind was not just to make a good behavior creature, who likes to do good things, but to make a creation that will have the same likeness of the Son of God. All the good things in attitude and behavior are included in the character or personality of the Son of God (Galatians 5:22-23).


This makes a very significant difference of Christianity with other religions or a noble purpose of human’s life. The creator wants to make a creation that will have the same likeness of Him.


To be a good person who always do good deeds is the normal purpose of human’s life that is taught by all world religions, and even the atheist. But to live in the likeness of the Son of God as the purpose of life can only be found in Christianity.


“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).


If man lives in conformity to the image of Christ, then power and authority will be given for man to govern his life: to govern his situation and not become the victim of the situation. Power and authority come together with conformity. And conformity to the image of the Son of God is the divine glory of man.


But the first man, Adam, rebelled against God. By the advice of Satan, God’s enemy, Adam followed his own desire instead of God’s purpose. He desired to become like God or to be god himself with his own way (Genesis 3:5). He wants to be independent from God. Thus man missed the target that God had set for them. This is the principle of sin: “Hamartia” the Greek word for “miss the mark” or “to err.”


As the consequence man lost his divine glory (Romans 3:23): the conformity with the Son of God, and was rejected by God. Moreover man became God’s opposition and in enmity with God like Satan (Romans 8:7), God’s adversary, and the penalty of “miss the mark” or sin is “death,” the eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23).


“But He is long-suffering, extraordinary patient toward you, not desiring, that any should perish, but all should turn to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).


But God doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). He wants everyone to repent, return to his original purpose of life, and be saved. God also sees that men cannot help themselves (Psalms 49:8). They could not redeem themselves from their sin.


“For the ransom of life is too costly, and the price one can pay can never suffice” (Psalms 49:8).


So out of His great love toward mankind God took the initiative to save them by sending His Son (John 3:16-17) to die on the cross and purchase mankind with His blood (Revelation 5:9).


“With your blood you purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).


God the Father sent His Son to bring back men to their original purpose that is to have the likeness to the image of His Son that God might accept them again.


So the Son of God came into the world in the fashion of a natural man (Philippians 2:7). He lived as a natural man but with the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14; Acts 10:38). He was filled with the Spirit (Luke 4:1). And the Father set the target for Him to display the goodness of the Father through out His entire life that the world may see the unseen God through Him (John 1:18) and may know the Father through Him as the Only True God (John 14:9). So Jesus, that was the name of the Son of God while He walked on earth, became the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).


“No one has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom – in the intimate presence – of the Father, He has declared Him, revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and has made Him known” (John 1:18; Amplified Bible).


Jesus reached the target, the goal that was set for Him by the Father. He was not and has never “hamartia” or missed the mark (target) or erred in displaying the Father. He was tempted like us but never sinned, never missed the purpose to become the image of the unseen God, the representation of the Father (Hebrews 4:15).


That was why the Father so pleased with Him and poured out the power upon Him to master everything (Luke 4:18), because He lived on earth after the image and likeness of the Father, in exact conformity with the Father. And Jesus became the way, the one and only way for everyone to come to the Father (John 14:6).


“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me” (Luke 4:18)


“God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift of God makes of His Spirit” (John 3:34)


Jesus finished His ministry by offering Himself as redemption for human salvation (Romans 3:24), at the cross on Calvary Mountain. He died there as the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29). But after three days He was arisen from the dead and lives forever (Acts 10:40; Revelation 1:18). He returned to the Father, ascended back to Heaven, to the right side of the Father (Mark 16:19).


Jesus did all these things in order to bring back mankind to their original purpose, to become the image and likeness of God as when man was first created. Jesus has opened the way for man to repent, or turn their way from errs, from “hamartia.”


Jesus then completed His mission by imparting His own life into the life of the believers - those who have been purchased by His blood – by sending the Holy Spirit to dwell within them (John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19). The Holy Spirit is exactly the same Spirit that filled Jesus during His ministry on earth (Acts 10:38).


“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received (as a Gift) from God? You are not your own. You were bought with a price (purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own). So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).


Remember that the Son of God emptied Himself  (stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity), when He came into the world and took the fashion of human being (Philippians 2:7). He became one hundred percent human and totally depended upon the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish His mission.


And now Christ, through His Spirit, lives within man’s life (John 14:16-17), to make it possible for man to live in conformity with Him, to live after His image and likeness (Romans 8:29).


To live in conformity with Christ is the only thing that can make God the Father pleases with us, because in the entire universe only one Person can satisfy the Father’s heart that is His only begotten Son, the Beloved Son of God (Matthew 3:17). So, the only way to please the Father’s heart is when the believer displays the life of Christ, becomes the replica and miniature of Christ, becomes the representation of Christ in everyday life on earth.


God wants that the people can see Christ and know Him through us, so that they may accept Him and accept the Father as well, the only true God. And when people know God the Father and Christ His Son they receive everlasting life (John 17:3).


“Christ in you” is the hope of Glory for mankind (Colossians 1:27) that they can return to their original position before God when they were first created. “Christ in you” is the mystery of how could a man has conformity with the Son of God, the image and likeness of God, the original purpose of man creation.


When men can reach the target God has set for them that are to become the image and representation of Christ then God the Father will restore their glory and authority. They will reflect the glory of God and have complete power and authority to become God’s delegates or representatives. So Christ will not become a historical figure anymore, who once lived on earth, but become an actual figure that live in present times through the believers in whom Christ lives within.


“But we all, with unveiled face, reflect the glory of the Lord. And since the glory comes from the Lord, Who is the Spirit, we are changed into the same image of the Lord (His very own image), from one degree of glory to another (greater glory).” (2 Corinthians 3:18). 


But to become (changed into) the image of Christ, or to represent Him by displaying His life, is a lifetime process, and not as easy as turning the palm of our hand. It begins when our heart turns to the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:16) that is when we decide to chose to represent Christ by displaying His goodness in our daily life in our society. Then, the veil that covers and blocks our heart and mind to see the true purpose of our life will be taken away, and the Holy Spirit as the realization of  “Christ in you” will start to deliver us from our bondages and gives us liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). We will be gradually delivered from our flesh desires that against the Spirit (Galatians 5:16). The Holy Spirit will set us free from ourselves that always hinders “the Christ in you” to reveal and manifest His life through us.


As the apostle Paul we can say: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). And people will start to see the goodness of Christ in us. They will experience Christ and come to know Christ, and ultimately they will accept Christ and believe in the Father, the One true God.


And we all will reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled face. And since it is the work of the Spirit of God within us, we are transformed from time to time to be more like the Son of God from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). So everyday we must evaluate ourselves whether we reflect the image of Christ by displaying His goodness through our conversation or our attitude or conduct. Whether people surround us could feel God’s goodness and experience Christ through us.


“Christ in you” is the key to this kind of life: the life that has the same likeness with Christ. His life within us wants to manifest itself through us so from time to time we are transfigured to be more like Him. Our physical body might grow weaker or feeble, but our spiritual life is getting stronger and reflecting the life of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:16).


“Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man (Physical body) is progressively decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being progressively renewed day after day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16).


When we show the life of Christ that is within us and people could clearly see it, and they will be attracted to come to Christ and believe in Him, we actually are making the nations as Christ’s disciples (Matthew 28:19) and fill the earth with Christ-like persons. So the earth will be filled with Christ’s glory and God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, and His Kingdom come (Matthew 6:10).


The believer’s life that shows the image and the likeness of Christ is the life that pleases God’s heart. This kind of life is like a sweet fragrance offering that is continuously ascended to Heaven and acceptable in God’s sight. This is the true worship. We worship the Father not just with the words and songs (hymns) and motions but also with the display of the life of Christ.


Ironically many Christians are good worshipers but they do not display the goodness of Christ. They do not exercise the life of Christ, but they display their unchanged character. This is the same with the life of the Scribes and the Pharisees. They were God worshipers. They followed thoroughly the rituals and ceremonials according to the Law. But Jesus criticized them because they did it only for men’s approval (Matthew 23:5) yet their lives were untouched by their worship. Do you think that God would accept their worship?


The true worshiper will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24). “Spirit” is the life of Christ, and the “Truth” is Christ himself (John 14:6). So the true worshiper will worship the Father by exercising the life of Christ: the Christ-like life style.


Worship with the life of Christ is the model of worship in the New Jerusalem. That is why only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life could enter the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:27). And who are they whose names are written in that Book? Those are the people who lived in the life of Christ during their life on earth. Those are the people who had the image and likeness of Christ in their life. They will worship God in eternity by exercising the life of the Lamb of God, their Redeemer. Part of their eternal worship is praising the Father with hymns and thanksgiving.    


Do we still need to worship with our mouth, with singing and dancing, with lifting up our hands to praise Him? Of course, that is part of the whole worship. It’s a lovely expression of our love and gratitude to Him for all the good things He has done. In fact God presents in the midst of our true and sincere worship (Psalms 22:4). What He doesn’t like is the hypocrisy: covering and concealing our bad attitude with actions of worship (Matthew 23:14, 27).


The conformity with Christ is the guarantee that the Father in Heaven will accept us, because we have reached the destination, the goal, of our salvation (Romans 8:29). In Matthew 7:21-23 we read about those who claimed themselves as believers, even as ministers, but God renounced them, even though they often called His name and did many things in the name of the Lord. God will tell them plainly that He never knew them, because though they called His name and did many things in His name but they didn’t do His will. In fact they misused God’s name for their own interest and purpose. That’s why God said that they worked iniquity. They did not live like Christ had lived that was obeying the will of the Father. The conformity with Christ is the legal access to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.


The conformity with Christ, representing Him in the world, becoming the replica and miniature of Christ, is pleasing to God’s heart. And when the Father’s heart pleases with us, He will grant us everything we need, everything He provides for us (1 Corinthians 2:9). So, to live in conformity with Christ is a “silent” prayer that goes up to Heaven day and night without uttering a word. That is why we don’t need to use vain repetitions to make our prayers be heard, because the Father knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:7-8).


We just need to live like Christ, and all things that have been provided for us will be given (1 Corinthians 2:9). We are like archers in the competition. We will automatically get our prize when we successfully hit the target: we don’t need to plead for it.


This was what happened with Jesus. The Father was so pleased with Him that the Father always heard His prayer. Jesus said: “I knew that you always hear me” (John 11:42). In the same manner, the Father will always hear the prayer of those who live in conformity with His Son, Jesus Christ. Thus we will have effective prayers when we live the life of Jesus.


But it doesn’t mean that we don’t need to pray anymore. No, far away for us to think that way, because the Lord Himself taught us to pray (Matthew 6:5-14), to pray earnestly and diligently (Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 18:1), to pray to the Father in His name (John 14:13-14). The Lord has made himself vulnerable to the prayer of His children (John 16:23-24). He loves to hear the petition of their heart. He loves to hear the prayer that comes from the lips of His child.  


Practicing or exercising the life of Christ will lead us to know the Lord better. There is no better way to know the Lord than to live out His life. When we put ourselves in His place and do the work that He did, we will understand Him more and more. When we exercise His patience, love and compassion, though it is against our will, we will come to know Him and understand Him better. When we show His kindness towards others who need help; faithfulness in the situation where there is no reason for us to be faithful; forgiveness instead of revenge, then we will know about His good character. And people also will learn to know Christ through us. The life of “Christ in us” is the strong magnet that will attract people to come to Him (John 12:32) and accept Him as Lord and Savior.


With the life of Christ in us, we have a task to portraying Christ in our daily life. People must be able to see the goodness of Christ through our life. We are the real “actor” for Christ, but not pretending or just acting for a show to obtain people praise, but to represent Christ, so that Christ becomes an actual figure in the present days, not a historical figure or even worst the fiction figure. We bear a great responsibility upon our shoulder, that the present world may know Christ through our life: through our attitude, conduct and conversation. We must present Christ to the world that the world might believe and accept Him.


Our conformity with Christ will result power and authority over all creations (except mankind). This power and authority are given that we may bring the answer to the world; bringing light into the dark world (Isaiah 60:1-2). This power and authority also make us able to cope the problems of life (Philippians 4:13), to overcome the challenges and come out as the winner. 


Christ is “The Desire of all nations” (Haggai 2:7). He is the answer for this desperate world. And Christ is in us today (Colossians 1:27). He is the True Light of the world (John 1:9). He lives within us through His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit represents Christ in us. He brings with His presence all the power, authority and wisdom of Christ. And His power, authority and wisdom are far superior than that belongs to the world.


The Holy Spirit, that is the life of Christ, needs our body for His instrument or vehicle, to manifest the power, the authority and the wisdom of Christ, the Son of God, and the Great Creator. He makes our body as His dwelling place, as His Holy Temple (1 Corinthians 6:19). And this Holy Temple is more glorious and everlasting than the Temple built by human hands, because the glory and the mighty of the Son of God are reflected (2 Corinthians 3:18).  


The power and authority that manifest through the life of the one, who reflects the life of Jesus make him able to handle the situations: any situations that were happened in his life. As the apostle Paul he can say: “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency” (Philippians 4:13. Amplified Bible).


More than that, the power of Christ within us will enable us to do the work of Christ, even the greater work (John 14:12). We can do the things that Jesus did. This is the power that comes together with the conformity with Christ. This is the power that man could have when he was according to the image and likeness of the Son of God; the power over everything, even over creations (Genesis 1:26,28).


Jesus also had this power because he represented God the Father through His life. He became the image of the unseen God (Colossians 1:15).  And God the Father anointed Him with the power of the Holy Spirit following His conformity with Him (Matthew 3:16-17). The power was so great that made Jesus able to do many miraculous things (Acts 10:38). With the power and authority given to Him all the evil spirits subjected to Him (Mark 3:11), even the nature also subjected to Him – it was shown when Jesus calmed down the storm (Luke 8:25). Jesus had power to heal all manner of sicknesses (Matthew 4:23-24), and with the same power He made the economic miracles.


He did this when He turned the water into the wine at the wedding feast in Canna (John 2:1-11). Jesus miraculously made the best wine for the party, which would cost quite a big amount of money. That was economic miracle.


At the other time the Lord Jesus gave Peter a great catch of fishes that filled two boats (Luke 5:4-7). That was a tremendous catch that Peter ever had. It meant a great sum of money for Peter. That was economic miracle. Also when Jesus fed the multitude with loaves: five thousand people at the same time. It was the economic miracle (Mark 6:41-44).


We cannot imagine what would it be if the believers, who have the conformity with Christ, would receive the power to make economic miracles; there would be a great economic breakthrough that could help the people and nations.


The conformity with Christ will also bring wisdom. Those who have the life of Christ within will have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), and the mind of Christ is God’s wisdom that can reveal the mystery and solve the problems, which were unsolved by the world.


If Christ-like Christians would take the roles in the society, in economic, in the government, in education, in art and culture, and not only in the church, then the Christians would become the answer, the light for the dark world.


Christ is the answer for this dying world: He brings true life. But the world is unaware about the importance of Christ. They do not realize their needs for Christ, though inside their heart people long for the Messiah, for some one, who could bring justice and peace for humankind. And Christ is in us.


On our shoulders lies a great responsibility, to demonstrate, to display the goodness and character of Christ that the world might see Him and know Him, “the Desire of the nations.” And one day when God would visit them, when the Holy Spirit out-poured upon them (Joel 2:28-29), they would aware about their need of Christ and would accept Christ as their Lord and Savior (John 16:8).  


“Christ in you” is the hope of glory. For the Gentiles it is a great, rich and glorious mystery. But for us, the mystery has been revealed, that we may declare it, manifest it, display and demonstrate the life of Christ that is within us, so the world might know Him, accept Him, and be saved! 

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