“For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” Colossians 1:27 New Living Translation
The Apostle Paul never visited Colossae. The Colossian church was founded by Epaphras & other converts from his missionary travels. The congregation was made up of Gentiles. False teaching had crept into the church in Colossae, so when word of this issue reached Paul, who was imprisoned in Rome at that time, he wrote this letter. His basic theme was to present to them the complete supremacy of Christ. The heretics were pushing a teaching where only a select few were privileged enough to know God’s greatest secrets.
Since the Jews rejected their Messiah, not realizing who he was, that opened the door for non-Jews to be grafted into the family of God (Romans 11:11-24). Paul not only points that out to the Colossians, but reveals the true secret of God which really isn’t a secret at all; Christ lives in you. That was true for the believers in Colossae as well as for all believers since then. Christ lives in all true believers in the form of the Holy Spirit. All 3 parts of the Holy Trinity are active in a believer’s life.
For the sake of clarity, for me a ‘true’ believer is one who has committed his life to Christ and seeks to please God with his thoughts, words & actions. Too many people call themselves Christians, but are in reality are only giving lip service. The Lord with sort such things out on the last day. Until that time we are to be diligent in our commitment to God. Our eternal destination depends on it. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!