Our Obstacles are for the Glory of God

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“For what shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus neither height nor depth nor principalities or powers nor any other creative things shall separate us from the love of God”.
    It is the obstacles that we face in our life that are presented to us for the glory of God to be revealed, even as Christ had said with Lazarus when asked why he remained dead for 4 days? Jesus said to his disciples “didn’t I tell you that if you only believe you would see the glory of God?” Many of the obstacles or seeming contradictions faced by Christ in the scriptures was met with his words of “this is happened for the glory of God to be revealed”. It was that he would speak a word, and the word that He spoke would become the thing that he said. In this way he showed himself to be Son of the Father by doing deeds of the Father. It was the glory of God manifest through His Word as He spoke to the obstacles be it by death or principalities and powers, or things present and things to come, it was Christ who spoke a word and that obstacle became beat like pulp. It became “chaff in the wind”.
  So for us too. We meet these obstacles head on with the word. And this is as it was said “speak anything in My Name and I we’ll do it”. It is as we speak to the obstacles with a word of faith that “we bear much fruit” that “the father is glorified when you bear much fruit”. In this way we share in His glory and we experience His Glory in doing so. It is to be able to speak a word and the thing become the thing that we say like God th Only Begotton do. This is the shared glory of God given to us in Jesus Christ to the elect of God who are called. “For whom He called He justified, and whom He justified He Glorified. (Romans 8. ) These are the chosen and faithful being sanctified and ready for every good work. And the only eternal work is a God work. And the only work God does is word for “all the earth and all it’s works shall be burned for the eternal to remain”. (2 Peter 3. ) So these obstacles we face?  This is our moment for glory to shine forth. As a “kind of first fruit of His creation” we show the likeness of our Father. To speak a thing to be and it becomes the thing we say. Wow! Glory to God!
This is how we show ourselves as the “fullness and stature of the Son of God” “to a perfect man” for “of His fullness we have received”. As James says “it is a perfect man who can bridle his mouth”? Because the mouth is the tool of the trade of the Heavenly Father, word. Also displayed in the man Christ Jesus who said “greater works shall you do that the Father may be glorified”. So we do. Why? Because “as He is… so are we in this world”. And if we are mature, we are word. And our words become real. This is to our glory, to His glory. A reciprocating glory that we mutually participate in now. Like Paul says in 2 Thes, That “we are called by the gospel for obtaining the glory of Jesus Christ”. It is not gifted to us at a 2nd coming but to the faithful “through the gospel”. That is why “Christ is seated waiting for His enemies to become His foot stool”. Because the battle is ours. He is finished, He gave us the tools, now we strive to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of me”. Which is??? To be like Him, word. “In the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the Word was God”. In this way we keep His Word is to keep Him to fulfill this verse… If you keep My commandments you shall ask what you want and it shall be done for you. Ask anything in My name and the Father will do it.
But the 2nd coming jesus is not a winner yet because he must still fight for planet earth and rapture you? This is another saving act from a different savior than the Savior I know who already gave me the victory and we just showed you how to do it. You take the words passed onto you through the gospel and add faith and patience to it. “But we have seen and testify that God has sent His Son as savior of the world”.
   This is why “you shall be judged by every word you say”. This is usually seen as a future event of judgement at a specific point in time. But it is because we are made in the image of God that even as Isaiah spoke that;
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”
Isaiah understood that to the degree that you speak forth falsehood, it stifles your ability to speak forth things into being like a perfect man. This is being a new creation. This is our need to cooperate in our sanctification. “Come out from among them and I will receive you” Said the Father, “I will b to you a Father and you shall be My children” so that we “Cleanse ourselves from all filthyness of flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
 “For it is out of the heart (by words) that a man speaks that defiles himself” that we need to worry about. For us to speak a thing to be is directly related to how clean our heart is. This is why “to the pure all things are pure” for that is what they speak. But to those who are defiled? They see gloominess and darkness because that is their world.  and also the mirroring of creation back to them and it is not so much the sins of murder and adultery and such of the carnal nature that keeps you from doing this as much as it is lying speaking slandering murmuring Ford is not what goes in a man that the files a man but it’s what comes out of a man that defines a man and this is what that scripture means if we honor God in truth in all that we do regardless of how it may or may not affect or benefit us that we do not like the truth in our favor for personal gain to this one the person will be gifted with the Word of God so dealing with truth and honesty with our neighbors in our co workers is key as Paul said I reach out to lay hold of white Christ laid hold of me and to the degree that you have a so to put on truth is to put on another attribute of Jesus Christ in this one is.
So then my sojourn-ship here is my internship in doing the works of my Father. Like Jesus did so that it is true for me that “as He is, so are we in the world”. Like when Jesus said to the religious leaders of that day “I do the deeds of My Father, you do the deeds of your father the devil”. Showing why sin is unbeleif even as it says of the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin because they do not beleive in Me ” said the Lord. So too for us. Our actions motivated by fear and doubt yeild unrighteousness because “fear involves torment. He who fears has not been perfected in Love”.
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Redemption pt 6, Restoration of All Things

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Restoration of All Things

We have spoke of redemption of all of creation that was portrayed by Christ wearing a crown of thorns symbolizing that redemption of creation happened at the cross and no longer is the curse of the earth yielding “thorns and thistles” in effect. So for those in their Adamic fallen nature? They are still subject to the curse of the earth yielding thorns and thistles. But it is for the redeemed person in Christ that the curse is reversed that receives a restored relationship with earth.
    We also discussed that in the fall of Adam all of humanity fell because it lost the Holy Spirit of God  and interaction with God. That having eyes to see and ears to hear in the here and now of time and matter, they are now void of eyes to see and ears to hear in things of God and thus become unresponsive or dead to the invisible things of God, the ever ready always present invisible kingdom of God  that is always at hand being “the kingdom prepared from the foundations of the world”. (Matthew 25.34)
    We speak of the redemption that “God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to himself”. That in the reconciliation of the world, He reconciles fallen man by raising them back up. They become restored to the creation itself, and they become un-dead to the invisible to the naked eye God.
     So fallen man by necessity needs to be unfallen and  lift it up. This is to be “quickened” and “made alive”. This is what we have “In Christ” and this is the true restoration, redemption and resurrection. Resurrection is a reversal of the fall of Eden and those who have been resurrected from the fall being among the redeemed which is to be restored back to the beginning, having been returned to the original purpose that Adam lost, this is the redemption of God “in Christ”. This is as scripture says that ” the first man Adam became a human doing, and the last Adam, Christ became a life giving spirit. And “all things become new old things have passed away”. That those being found awakened to the Spirit are lifted up and resurrected to the original purpose.
     So God’s original purpose was when Adam was in the flesh but he failed. The man Christ accomplishes what Adam didn’t do for us. So for us the redeemed, we should not think it strange to be no longer fallen but resurrected in our current body for this is the whole teaching of Romans and in chapter 8 it says “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you”. This is the resurrection.
     So if we understand the true concept of the resurrection we don’t need to wait to be raptured or to die and to receive something after the body is gone. For Adam had his body before he fell and we have our body after we are raised. If this were not so why is it that for thousands of years people at their baptism professed to be dead and raised again in Christ? They professed to rising up and receiving the Spirit of God and becoming new. Isn’t this what it says in Romans 6?  “As were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”? And “if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also are in the likeness of His resurrection”. It was Christ on earth who showed us it is possible to refect the glory of God in our current humanity so you can too.
    There are some of those who look to another day of another teaching and another spirit of another resurrection and another newness of life in some future not yet existing Kingdom of God on planet earth. For these people the scripture is true that says that “they like a dog return to its vomit and like a pig wallowing in the mire” these return to their old nature. That false gospel has no lasting transformation, but just leaves you discouraged and waiting.
    So for us who receive the gift of God? We must understand the redemption of all things and the redemption of our body the redemption to the Father and the redemption of creation to ourselves to Gods original purpose. We become like Him, becoming godly. And this is all done through the gospel by the power of the cross. Of this we receive godliness by the working of faith. By believing, confessing and professing our association “in Christ” and not with the Adamic fallen state but like Him before the fall back to the beginning. This is us each individually being raised back up from the fall.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order:(1 Corinthians 15. 22-23) And this is not speaking of a collective resurrection like the 2nd coming purveyors suppose but “each one in their own order.
   This having happened we can get on with God the Fathers original intent as Psul said “I plead with you, be reconciled to the Father”. It is for man to properly reflect the glory of God while we are in our human body for scripture says “as He is, so are we in the world”.
  God did not put the prize out of our reach to be only attained only when the body dies. Or why are we suppose to strive, to put on, to receive and attain, to lay hold of why Christ laid hold of me? Is not the purpose the gospel teaches;  13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, And this is what the 2nd coming gospel does, tosses to and fro. Why does scripture say that we are being transformed by the spirit to be glorified.  And why did Christ say ” Father the Glory you have given me,  give to them that the world may believe”? Did the Father ignore that request?
   If we can understand this we can see that if God wiped out creation as we know it like the 2nd coming seekers expect, then He would have to build another earth just like this one to complete His work in you. And he would have to put you back in a body like what you have to do the same thing. That would mean He made a mistake when he said in the beginning of creation that “it is good very good” that He was blind sighted and overlooked the probability of humanity doing exactly what it did. It fell. His provision of “good, very good” included accommodations for the fallen and redeemed.
    The redemption of all things is not a carnal fest visible to the naked eye through some 7 year tribulation, for all the mysteries of God happen “in the twinkling of an eye” unnoticeable to the carnal senses. It is by the reversal of the polarity of the spirit from a cursing back to blessing, to the way it was before the fall that fallen man losing the Spirit of God is now subject to “the spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience”. It is to the re-spirited man that creation blesses. But the spirit of the unregenerate man? They receive the curses from the earth. But To Christ the mediator of the New Covenant, that speaks better things than the blood of Abel”. Why? Because the ground for Abel cries out death, but the blood of Christ through the eternal spirit testifies of life and the reversal of every curse to reinstate eternal life.
     This is the redemption of all things.
Repent for The Kingdom of God is at Hand, immediate, in the twinkling of an eye, the Kingdom that “cometh not with observation” Luke 17.20

What a prophet is

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The definition of a prophet today is one who speaks forth things to come, like floods and catastrophes and future events but these are all fear based messages.
The purpose of the prophet is to make plain the invisible things of God, to point to that element. But a prophet is still just a man. When he comes to the end of himself, he/ she is just human and of the nature of Adam, and that is as far as they can take you This is why they describe things in terms understood by Our Adamic nature of things understood by the perceptions of sight and sound in things of time and matter. This is why Christ said that He only spoke to them in parables, that “without a parable spoke He not to them”. And the prophets were also spoke in parables and used descriptions of the age of time and matter. But to us who have the spirit it has been given to understand parables and their invisible lesson. “For many prophets and righteous men have desired to see what you see, and hear what you hear but have not”. They all came to the end of themselves and the culmination of their carnal nature. At the end of the carnal nature is death and death is associated with bad things like decease and famine and drought and catastrophe. That is why they end up there, but we are in the spirit.
But as Christ said in His earthly mission “where I go you cannot go, but you shall follow me afterward”. He took on the catastrophe due to humanity for as the place “you cannot go” and He took on to Himself to the unavoidable consequence called death to all except those who except the free gift of God being His Son, “for he who has the Son has life” and “whosoever believes in Him has passed from death to life” and because He took on our catastrophe, we get a ‘get out of jail pass’ and move passed judgment to life in the spirit. It is in this way that “death has no dominion over us” to the one found “in Christ” which is unlike the one who is “in Adam”.
It is the carnal religious mind that is stuck in the bondage of the elements of creation and time and matter and subject to fear that just cannot except the free gift of the spirit of God and live. Their own proof is that they look to the the earth and see death, destruction and pending doom. But “perfect love cast out fear,for he who fears has not been perfected in love”. It is fear that motivates the need for the safety net of ‘what ifs’ for their heart keeps asking ‘has God really said?’.
It is also said that “all the law and the prophets were until Christ”. Not so much the man Jesus, but that invisible part in which He embodied. His spirit. And this is the Revelation of Christ, being life of the spirit passed the doom to the place where He said “you shall follow Me after”. So this is what we do now, Follow Him on the other side of death, the place past the prophecies, doom, death and destruction. Like He said to those at the tower of Shiloh. “Unless you repent this will likewise happen to you.
It is the carnal man that is subjective and subservient to the elements, a position he was not designed for, that it is to us who are redeemed by the renewal in Christ being born anew in the spirit so that now the elements serve us. This is our rightful redeemed nature. And this is what glorifies God that we be like Him in this way. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”? But not us anymore. “Old things have passed away, all things become new”. And the all things new are a renewed thinking. A re-scripted newly formatted mind of the spirit, restored to thinking like God of His creation to “it is good, very good”. This is why scripture says ;
15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him,being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
This is what every soothsayer and prophet does. They declare the judgment due to their carnal nature and expose the need for the grace of God and His gift of life in the spirit, our new nature that co-rules “with a rod of iron” and not driven by the lower nature of fear and the outcropping of actions associated with the carnal mind, being a religious nature that “knows not God” as invisible but as one who is not in control, that must wrestle with mankind and earth and subdue the enemies by another visitation for “He is seated waiting for His enemies to become His footstool”.  He has clearly displayed His Glorious abilities to speak a word and the word becomes the thing that is said and “God has spoken through His Son” the thing is spoken. So why must He come again as though He will use Hands like a man or maybe nuclear weapons or whatever. These are all silly carnal notions and insults when His word can do or undo anything anytime He wants weather you see or believe, for it is faith in the unseen that pleases Him that you reject and expect some carnal fest called “the 2nd coming”. But to us it is said;8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a]who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the conclusion of sin and death.
 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned putting completely out of business sin in the flesh,
 Meaning for those of us who are  re-formatted with these truths, our old man is completely out of business and the new man is completely operational now and need not a second coming jesus because we put on Christ now. He is word.
This is why we do not need a 2nd coming Jesus. That is a hoax drummed up by the carnal mind that is stuck in the parables that were fulfilled in Christ by His mission when He came “in the likeness of sinful flesh”. For “all the law and the prophets were until Christ” in the flesh. This they deny. They need to see catastrophe and destruction and witness a death with their carnal senses to believe but “it is a wicked and adulterous generation that seeks signs” meaning physical proof. “He is a double minded man. Let him not think to receive anything from the Lord”.
It is the spiritual fact more certain than any sub-strait of matter that entrance into the Kingdom of God is only attainable after destruction and death to which all the law and the prophets attest to (2 Peter). That is why the new life for us”In Christ” must happen now, “Today if you hear His voice” and why one must be born again of the spirit. To see the Kingdom of God and to enter it (John 3) And this happens to those judged in this age tried by the Holy Spirit and who have put on the new man who is identical in purpose and function as Christ (Colossians 3.10) and need not be repeated to the unbelieving 2nd coming seekers.
So a prophet speaks in parables, but he who is least in the Kingdom is greater than a prophet because “we speak what we know and testify to what we have seen”. Do you receive our testimony?
The Kingdom of God is at hand.

Modern Church

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The church of today has lost it’s vision and purpose.  Christ sent the 10 out preaching the gospel.  And the gospel was? The Kingdom of God is at hand.  And you know what?  It still is. That command was never retracted. But not rightly dividing the word of truth they put off the works of Christ and appropriate the works of God now in effect saying “TODAY! If you will here His voice”. They present another day for Gods gift to us of eternal life to commence and they call it a 2nd coming.

Under gardians and tutors until appointed time, until  faith comes. This is the purpose of the church. Teach faith. To teach how to trade in the temporary pictures for the invisible realities. “When that which is perfect has come, that which is in part shall be done away with. And this has nothing to do with as illusive time delay called the 2nd coming. That message brings no one “to the full stature of the Son of God”.

What they don’t understand is the concept of resurrection. They think they have to physically die. They think they have to discard the human body. It is a spirit of religion that says that man is bad. Especially people who don’t profess their God and the spelling of a name. Be it Jesus or Allah, one must see it in the terms of their faith or be condemned.
But God made Adam and Eve humans. He said they were made in His image and He said “they were good, very good. He regarded them as the pinnacle of His creation by reflecting His own image and He made them the recipients of the created order saying “go forth and have dominion over all creatures and creation. So he is.
Adam and Eve died without this death killing the body saying of the forbidden fruit “in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” and they suffered a spiritual death. It is to this that humanity is restored to that order “from the beginning” in Christ to all who believe. As they distrusted and disbeleived Gods words they died? But when they return to believe they live. And in this way man is re-spirited with Gods spirit and live.
It’s that simple.  No cataclysmic event needed like a 2nd coming.
Paul was confused about this. He had to break from that religious order of their day and relearn what was lost. They believed in a physical, bodily resurrection after death. It was said of His contemporaries “you are not entering the Kingdom of God and you are keeping out those who are trying to enter”.  They were called “brood of vipers,  sons of the devil”. They wanted to build their visual kingdom and rejected Gods ubiquitous Kingdom by doing so. Were they not scorned for adorning the shrines if the prophets? They lost their calling. All the law and the prophets were visible things teaching of the reality of Gods Kingdom immediately accessible even back then.
   So learn what the resurrection is.  It is “the putting off the sin of the body of flesh” which is unbelief. As Paul finally figured out in Colossians. He called it “the circumcision made without hands, the circumcision of God and not of man. And if this is true as we believe.  Then resurrection is the redemption and restoration to Gods original plan of being “good, very good “. This plan was when Adam and Eve were humans like us.

John 3 term “Born again”

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John 3.3 unless one is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
John 3.5 unless one is born of the water and the spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
John 3.6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit”.
John 3.8 The wind blows where it wishes and you can hear the sound of it, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes. So is everyone born of the spirit.
The term being “born again” or correctly rendered from the Greek “born from above” is something that even fooled the religious leaders of that day. As Christ said to Nicodemus “are you not the teacher of Israel and you do not know these things?”
Here we are again in a time when this phrase is more of a cliche, more of a catch phrase without any real association with it’s true meaning. And that is? To see the Kingdom of God, and to enter the kingdom of God as is evident by the scripture just quoted. Most people who say they are “born again” have never seen or entered “the Kingdom of God”.  Most of them speak of a kingdom coming later and they call it “the 2nd coming”.
 I would not try to say that you are not born again, but I challenge you look at that phrase in light of these scriptures and judge for yourself. Can you see the Kingdom of God? Can you enter the Kingdom of God? Maybe you can and you don’t even know it, but it may be that you have the second coming Jesus concept stuck in your mind keeping you out of the Kingdom now because they say Jesus must come back to establish His Kingdom as though there is no Kingdom yet, and He is not a King yet, and this is their grievous error. They refuse to give Christ the Glory due His name.
There is laid out in the book of Genesis in creation the law that “kind begets kind”. “each according to their kind”. There are things begat in the sea, on land and in the air, but the one of which we speak is spirit. “for that which is flesh is flesh and that which is spirit is spirit. Ye must be born again”.
   Yes! You must be born of the invisible to be invisible being holy and called a saint, to be godly meaning God like,  the element un noticable to human perceptions. And we do this by the tool of faith being our invisible embelical cord to the “invisible immortal eternal,  the only wise God “.
James 1.27 We are begotten by the (invisible) word of truth to be a kind of (invisible ) first fruits of His (invisible ) creation”. And this transformation happens now in this age of time and matter “while it is called today, if you hear His voice” in which we put on the (invisible) eternal attributes of Christ gifted to us through the gospel and not with held  for a (visible) second coming as many suppose.
This is another reason to run away from the 2nd coming gospel. Or as Christ said to the Pharasees who asked when the kingdom would appear and He answered them saying “the Kingdom cometh not (to the visible carnal eye) with observation”. Christ in turn told the people “do not follow them”. Christ also said of the religious leaders that ” they are the blind who lead the blind into a ditch” and that is what the second coming gospel does. It derails your salvation and puts you on hold waiting for something  (visible) to appear.
This is why you shouldn’t wait because “the Kingdom of God is at hand “. Do you see the Kingdom of God? Do you enter the Kingdom of God?  Are you really born again?

Godly Hope = godliness

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Godly Hope = godliness

Hope is a word generally used as a term of a desire or an anticipation. “I hope it’s sunny tomorrow”. It conveys a longing for an uncertainty. Maybe it will be maybe it wont. Time will tell. You can’t do anything about it. So there is a desire but no plan or action to pull it off. You cannot participate.

But this is not so for those who have their hope in Jesus Christ. It goes like this. 
Colossians 1.5 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,…23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel,… I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which[d] is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor.
Here Paul is speaking of this hope of being god-like that is not allocated to be realized at a 2nd coming, but now through the gospel. And here is the missing element for most of us is that a godly hope is not a dead hope as though we cannot participate in the outcome like the weather. “I hope it will be sunny” then click your heals like something will happen? But we participate, work at striving to accomplish and obtain in our hope so that we see our hope transform into the thing we hope for… We attain. Like Paul said “to the degree you have attained, so walk ye in it”. This is what we do. We attain Christ-like-ness in the here and now. This is our transformation “into the self same image from the glory to the glory”. 2 Corinthians 3.18
It is like this Romans 8.24 “We are saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope”… then we “eagerly wait for it with perseverance”. You cannot persevere to change the weather. A godly hope is a reaching out, a striving and a working towards a thing. “We are not as one who beats the air, or shadow boxes” as it says in 2 Corinthians.  And what is that thing for the one who has a mature faith in Jesus Christ? The hope is the Glory of God. And here once again as we have said before, what the 2nd coming gospel does is it derails you from persevering and participating in the accomplishing this hope to attain and tells you it is later. That when you see Jesus as a new man then poof! you will be like Him automatically. This becomes a new gospel of a new day to be accuated some day in the future. But it says in Colossians 1.23  if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel”. And the gospel of?
Christ in you, the hope of glory. And if Christ is in you He inspires you to put Him on and become more and more like Him. To strive to be like Him and His several invisible attributes gifted to us through the gospel for our transformation. For what? To be godly. For it is Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ”. And this is not the Christ seen as a man who gives you something at a second coming when you see him robed in white with wings coming through the clouds with a bright light behind him, but now through the gospel. We strive (a tool used in godly hope) “for the attaining of all the riches and full assurance, understanding and knowing the mysteries of God In Christ in whom are hidden all His treasures” not to be revealed to us at some second coming no, but now through the gospel. His word we absorb in the here and now, Him being “the bread of life come down from heaven that gives life to the world (John6). We hope, we strive, we attain to “all the riches and full assurance of this mystery. (Col 2.2) And the mystery once again is Christ in you, the hope of glory, for this we strive to attain.
And Paul emphasizes further here with a stern warning saying (2.4) Now i say this lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words”. And that is what the second coming gospel message does…. It steals you away from striving and reaching to acquire and obtain through this living hope and gives you a dead hope of another coming Jesus to come and do something for you as though scripture is dead words on paper that leaves you hanging there waiting for another savior. What you expect a 2nd coming Jesus to come and do for you has been done by the first Jesus and mapped out for you in scripture. We call it the Gospel.