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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Colossians 1:27

    CHAPTERS: Colossians 1, 2, 3, 4     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29




    King James Bible - Colossians 1:27

    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:

    World English Bible

    to whom God was pleased 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;

    Douay-Rheims - Colossians 1:27

    To whom God would make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ, in you the hope of glory.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    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:

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (27) -
    1Co 2:12-14 2Co 2:14; 4:6 Ga 1:15,16

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 1:27

    a los cuales quiso Dios hacer notorias las riquezas de la gloria de este misterio en los gentiles; que es Cristo en vosotros, la esperanza de gloria,

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Colossians 1:27

    Verse 27. The
    riches of the glory] God manifests to these how abundantly glorious this Gospel is among the Gentiles; and how effectual is this doctrine of Christ crucified to the salvation of multitudes.

    Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory] In this and the following verse there are several remarkable particulars:- I. We find here the sum and substance of the apostle's preaching.

    1. He preached Christ, as the only saviour of sinners.

    2. He proclaimed this Christ as being in them; for the design of the Gospel is to put men in possession of the Spirit and power of Christ, to make them partakers of the Divine nature, and thus prepare them for an eternal union with himself. Should it be said that the preposition en should be translated among, it amounts to the same; for Christ was among them, to enlighten, quicken, purify, and refine them, and this he could not do without dwelling in them.

    3. He preached this present and indwelling Christ as the hope of glory; for no man could rationally hope for glory who had not the pardon of his sins, and whose nature was not sanctified; and none could have pardon but through the blood of his cross; and none could have glorification but through the indwelling, sanctifying Spirit of Christ.

    II. We see the manner in which the apostles preached.

    1. They warned every one - they showed every man his danger; they proved that both Jews and Gentiles were under sin; and that the wrath of God was revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men; that time and life were uncertain; and that now was the day of salvation.

    2. They taught every man in all wisdom - they considered the world in a state of ignorance and darkness, every man being through sin ignorant of himself and God; and the apostles taught them to know themselves, viz., that they were sinners, wretched, helpless, and perishing; and they taught them to know God, in his purity, justice, and truth, and in his mercy through Christ Jesus. Thus they instructed men in all wisdom; for the knowledge of a man's self and his God constitutes all that is essentially necessary to be known for present and eternal happiness.

    III. The end which the apostles had in view in thus preaching Christ: to present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. The words teleion en cristw, perfect in or through Christ, signify two things: 1. That they should be thoroughly instructed in the doctrines of Christianity, so that they should know the truth as it is in Jesus. 2. That they should be made partakers of the grace of the Gospel, so that they might be saved from all their sins, and be filled with His fullness. The succeeding chapter amply proves that nothing less than this entered into the apostle's design. Men may dispute as they please about Christian perfection, but without it no soul shall ever see God. He who is not saved from all sin here, cannot, to his joy, see God hereafter. This perfection of which the apostle speaks, and to which he laboured to bring all men, was something to be attained in and through Christ. The apostles preached Christ in the people; and they preached him as crucified for mankind. He who died for them was to live in them, and fill their whole souls with his own purity. No indwelling sin can be tolerated by an indwelling Christ; for he came into the world to save his people from their sins.

    IV. We see who were the objects of the apostle's ministry: the Jews and Gentiles; panta anqrwpon, every man, the whole human race. Every man had sinned; and for every sinner Christ had died; and he died for them that they might be saved from all their sins. The apostles never restrained the offers of salvation; they made them frankly to all, believing that it was the will of God that all should believe and be saved: hence they warned and taught every man that they might, at the day of judgment, present every man perfect in Christ Jesus; for, although their own personal ministry could not reach all the inhabitants of the earth, yet it is by the doctrines which they preached, and by the writings which they have left on record, that the earth is to be filled with the knowledge and glory of God, and the souls of men brought to the enjoyment of the fullness of the blessing of the Gospel of peace.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 27. To whom God would make known , etc.] The spring and cause of the manifestation of the Gospel to the saints, and chosen of God, is not their works, for God does not call them with an holy calling according to them, but according to his own grace; nor any preparations and dispositions in them before such manifestation, towards the Gospel and the truths of it, for there are none such naturally in men, but all the reverse; nor a foresight of their better improvement of it, when made known, for this is not the method of divine grace, witness the instances of Sodom and Gomorrha, Tyre and Sidon; nor any holiness in them, or because they were sanctified, for they became so by the power of divine grace, through the Gospel revelation; but it is the pure sovereign good will and pleasure of God; (see Ephesians 1:9 Matthew 11:25,26); as appears from what they were before the Gospel came unto them, what is made known to them in it and by it; and from this, that they and not others, equally as deserving, are favoured with it: what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles . The apostle, besides calling the Gospel a mystery, as before, ascribes glory to it; it is a glorious mystery, there is a glory in all the mysteries of it; it is a glorious Gospel, as it is often called, in its author, subject, matter, use, and efficacy: and also riches of glory, or glorious riches; containing rich truths, an immense treasure of them, comparable to gold, silver, and precious stones; rich blessings of justification, pardon, reconciliation, adoption, and eternal life; and rich promises, relating both to this life, and that which is to come; all which were opened and made known, not to the Jews only, but among the Gentiles also; who before were aliens, enemies, exceeding wicked, poor, blind, and miserable, but now, through the Gospel, were become rich and glorious, wise, knowing, and happy: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory ; this is to be connected with all that goes before: Christ is the riches of the Gospel; the riches of the divine perfections, which the Gospel more clearly displays than the works of creation or providence, are all in Christ, the fulness of them dwells in him; and this is the grace the Gospel reveals, that he, who was rich with all these, became poor to make us rich; the rich promises of the Gospel were all made to Christ, and are all yea and Amen in him; the rich blessings of it are all in his hands, righteousness, peace, and pardon, the riches both of grace and glory; the rich treasures of its divine truths are hid in him; and he is the substance of everyone of them: Christ is also the glory of the Gospel, inasmuch as he is the author, preacher, and subject of it; it is full of the glory of his person, both as the only begotten of the Father, and as the only Mediator between God and man; it is the glass through which this is seen: moreover, the glory of God in him is expressed hereby; the glory of his wisdom and power, of his truth and faithfulness, of his justice and holiness, of his love, grace, and mercy, and every other perfection, is eminently held forth in the Gospel; as this is great in the salvation and redemption of his people by Christ, which the Gospel brings the good news of; add to this, that that glory which the saints shall have with Christ, and will lie in the enjoyment of him to all eternity, is brought to light in the Gospel: Christ is also the mystery of the Gospel; he is one of the persons in the mystery of the Trinity; the mystery of his divine sonship, of his divine person, being God and yet man, man and yet God, and both in one person, and of his incarnation and redemption, makes a considerable part of the Gospel: and Christ, who is the sum and substance of it, is in his people; not only as the omnipresent God, as the author of the light of nature, as the Creator of all things, in whom all live, move, and have their beings, but in a way of special grace; and the phrase is expressive of a revelation of him in them, of their possession of him, of his inhabitation in them by his Spirit and grace, particularly by faith, and of their communion with him, in consequence of their union to him; and being so, he is the ground and foundation of their hopes of glory. There is a glory which the saints are hoping for, which the glories of this world are but a faint resemblance of; which is unseen at present, and which the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared unto; what is eternal, and which Christ has entered into, and took possession of; and what will greatly consist in beholding his glory, and in everlasting communion with him; this through grace saints have a good hope of, and are waiting for, and even rejoice at times in the hope of it; of which hope Christ is the foundation; for not only the promise of it is with him, but the glory itself is in his hands; the gift of it is with him, and through him; he has made way by his sufferings and death for the enjoyment of it, and is now preparing it for them, by his presence and intercession; his grace makes them meet for it, his righteousness gives them a title to it, and his Spirit is the earnest of it, and the substance of it will be the fruition of himself.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 24-29 - Both the sufferings of the
    Head and of the members are called the sufferings of Christ, and make up, as it were, one body of sufferings But He suffered for the redemption of the church; we suffer on othe accounts; for we do but slightly taste that cup of afflictions of whic Christ first drank deeply. A Christian may be said to fill up tha which remains of the sufferings of Christ, when he takes up his cross and after the pattern of Christ, bears patiently the afflictions God allots to him. Let us be thankful that God has made known to u mysteries hidden from ages and generations, and has showed the riche of his glory among us. As Christ is preached among us, let us seriousl inquire, whether he dwells and reigns in us; for this alone can warran our assured hope of his glory. We must be faithful to death, throug all trials, that we may receive the crown of life, and obtain the en of our faith, the salvation of our souls __________________________________________________________________

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    1:27 {
    God was pleased} (eqelesen ho qeos). First aorist active indicative of qelw, to will, to wish. "God willed" this change from hidden mystery to manifestation. {To make known} (gnwrisai). First aorist active infinitive of gnwrizw (from ginwskw). Among the Gentiles (en tois eqnesin). this is the crowning wonder to Paul that God had included the Gentiles in his redemptive grace, "the riches of the glory of this mystery" (to ploutos tes doxes tou musteriou toutou) and that Paul himself has been made the minister of this grace among the Gentiles (#Eph 3:1-2). He feels the high honor keenly and meets the responsibility humbly. {Which} (ho). Grammatical gender (neuter) agreeing with musteriou (mystery), supported by A B P Vulg., though hos (who) agreeing with cristos in the predicate is read by Aleph C D L. At any rate the idea is simply that the personal aspect of " this mystery" is "Christ in you the hope of glory" (cristos en humin he elpis tes doxes). He is addressing Gentiles, but the idea of en here is in, not among. It is the personal experience and presence of Christ in the individual life of all believers that Paul has in mind, the indwelling Christ in the heart as in #Eph 3:17. He constitutes also the hope of glory for he is the shekinah of God. Christ is our hope now (#1Ti 1:1) and the consummation will come (#Ro 8:18).

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29


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