‘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’ Col 1.27 NIV.
If the law is your life then Christ is not.
"If righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!"
Why bind yourself to even one element of the law and live out the Christian version of a poverty mentality when you have access to abundance? Why live your entire life with only one leg when Christ as your life has given you two?
Apprehend and grip hold of the full scope of your inheritance in Christ. In most cases it is far better than what we have believed. What counts is Christ’s belief, Father’s belief about Himself, about you, and Holy Spirit’s belief about igniting us with the fullness of God. Many folks will find themselves in heaven whose beliefs were no more than handcuffs that kept them bound in this life. They spent their lives rationalising ideas in which they thought they had an identity and got to heaven and found they had been prisoners of a delusion.
One person follows the other and soon there is a whole line - a cavalcade people walking in confident delusion.
We owe it to Jesus and to ourselves, to journey to heaven in first class rather than in a cattle carriage at the back of the train. Why give out drops of life when you have rivers at your disposal?
Life is the reward of reality.
Jesus described Himself as all that is true and real about life here and with God. Paul urged us to leave behind the shadows to live in the reality that is Christ. Christian Kettler speaks of the reality that is Christ and the rewards that flow from this reality as a result of Christ’s complete representation of our humanity before God. “Christ is the Word of God indeed, but he is the Word who was heard, seen, and touched according to 1 John (1:1), and whose “glory” was beheld, according to John’s Gospel (1:14). He is the Word, the expression of God, the Word that comes from outside, from above. This is the movement from God to humanity. But he [Jesus] is also the response in his faithful humanity, a response that is beautiful because of his harmony with the Father.” (1) Jesus’ response is our response and Jesus’ life is our life.
The pure in heart see God, know themselves and have an advantage in perceiving reality
Kettler is asserting that Christ’s response to God, to His truth is our response. Jesus is our believing. Nevertheless, what Jesus believes about Himself will be made known to us if we choose to know it. He lives in us and His truth seeps into our hearts – if we have a heart to follow wherever He leads. This is why the pure in heart see and know God and their inheritance in Him in revealed fullness.
We will live a stilted and faltering spiritual life if we are only prepared to follow Jesus as far as the perimeter of our personal or denominational beliefs. The treasure hid in the field is more stupendous than is generally realised and far more extensive than partisan versions allow. It is Christ in you. Both the hope and actuality of glory – the glory of Jesus and the glory of Jesus manifesting as you and as the church. Because Christ has come in our flesh we have the potential to be the sons and daughters of God in spirit and in truth. We are sons. Whether we live as sons and daughters is our choice.