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No Less God Today

I love growing older. I really do. Easy to say, perhaps, because I’ve not yet reached the point of deteriorating health, but the perspective that comes with age is wonderful!

Stop and look back on your life. No matter what age you are, stop and look back. Can you now see evidence of the invisible hand of God faithfully guiding you through every step of your journey? It might be fascinating to make a list of His works in your life. Who did God send to you with the truth of salvation in Christ? Who responded to His call to teach and nurture you in understanding and wisdom? When did God protect you from—or lead you through—physical danger? How did He sustain you in—or deliver you from—unhealthy relationships? What strength or character did He build into your spirit amid your toughest trials? When did God bandage your wounded soul and carry you through internal struggles? How many times has He surprised you with blessings for which you never even thought to ask?

Maybe He led you around a problem, avoiding certain calamity. More often, likely, He ushered you right through opposition or trouble. Like Daniel’s friends in the furnace or Daniel himself in the lions’ den, you weren’t spared the difficult experience, but you endured it and emerged from it even stronger through the power of Him who is sovereign over all things and in all circumstances. Who knows the number of times God has protected us without our even knowing we were in danger? And through it all, He’s loosened our white-knuckled grip on self-reliance and firmed up our faith in Him.

We naturally fear what we cannot control and, truth be told, we can’t control much. We can be confident, though, for the God whose presence we see through the clarity of hindsight is no less with us today. The God who has guided and supported us every step along the way is no less faithful today. The God who delivered us in the past is no less powerful today. His love truly does endure forever, so in a day yet to come, we will look back on this one and proclaim He was no less God today.

Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years of the right hand of the Most High.” I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:10–12)

Christ in me is confidence.

Today’s post is an excerpt from Christ in Me. Copyright © 2016 Paul Nordman. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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The Mystery Proclaimed

A good friend of mine is entrepreneurial by nature: where some balk timidly at a challenge, he steps eagerly into an opportunity. Working through a complex legal matter one day, John struggled to comprehend the nuances of the law as it applied to his situation. He queried his legal team repeatedly until one of his attorneys, finally giving up, said, “John, I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.” (What a great line!)

Over the past three weeks, we have been exploring the mystery of God, which is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”1 It had been a secret “kept hidden in God”2 for immeasurable ages past, concealed until the time of His revealing. Interestingly, the original Greek word translated “mystery” in English refers to something unknowable, completely hidden from anyone other than the one who initiates the secret and those to whom he or she reveals it. So it is with Christ: He is known to us only as God illumines Him in our heart. Stated differently, no one can “understand” Him for us, nor can we “understand” Him for anyone else.

But “explain” Him, we can! In fact, this is our call. Paul wrote, “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”3 He was speaking about the apostles, but surely all who have experienced Christ have likewise become stewards of this mystery now revealed. Like those who have gone before us, “We speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.”4

So what is our message? What revealed mystery do we now proclaim? Living in us, Jesus is our hope of glorious resurrection.1 Moreover, we live with an inner fullness that we could not know outside of Christ, for “the fullness of the Deity” lives in Him who now lives in us.5 In this “mystery made known,”6 says Paul, “we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”7 And God “made known to us the mystery of his will … to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”8 Eternal life in Christ, fullness of life in Christ, relational freedom and confidence in Christ, oneness under Christ—this is the message we explain to open ears and the truth God brings to understanding in open hearts.

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16 ESV)

Father, thank you for revealing your mystery to me and for placing my life in your Son, Jesus Christ. Speak your truth through me that others would hear and understand. In the name of Jesus and by the power of your Spirit, I pray. Amen.

Christ in me is confidence.

1 Colossians 1:25-27
2 Ephesians 3:9
3 1 Corinthians 4:1, 2
4 1 Corinthians 2:7
5 Colossians 2:9, 10
6 Ephesians 3:3
7 Ephesians 3:12
8 Ephesians 1:9, 10

Click here to read part 1 of our mystery series, “The Mystery Concealed.”
Click here to read part 2 of our mystery series, “The Mystery Revealed.”