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Summary: To show that CHRIST is in us, this is a mystery among the Gentiles.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Is CHRIST in you?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that CHRIST is in us, this is a mystery among the Gentiles.

IV. TEXT:

Colossians 1:27 (Amplified Bible)

To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory.

V. THESIS:

CHRIST is in us, this is a mystery among the Gentiles.

VI. TITLE:

CHRIST in me

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: Between 60 to 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: To exhort and edify believers

D. To whom written: Church in Colosse, a city of Asia Minor

E. Main themes: Church, as body of CHRIST. CHRIST as Head of the Church. Warnings against trusting worldly wisdom

F. Keywords: CHRIST - the Head of all

Colossians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

G. Key verses:

Colossians 2:9-10 (Amplified Bible)

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. GOD made it known among the Gentiles

"To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery,"

Romans 15:9 (Amplified Bible)

And [also in order] that the Gentiles (nations) might glorify God for His mercy [not covenanted] to them. As it is written, Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles and sing praises to Your name.

Revelation 11:15 (Amplified Bible)

The seventh angel then blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities)!

Acts 28:28 (Amplified Bible)

So let it be understood by you then that [this message of] the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen [to it]!

We are recipient of these blessings. If you're not born a Jew, then you're a Gentile. It's a mystery, only those with relationship with the LORD JESUS CHRIST can fully comprehend it.

B. CHRIST in me - the Hope of Glory

"which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory."

1. We have the Indwelling CHRIST inside of us, and we are inside CHRIST.

John 17:23 (Amplified Bible)

I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.


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