“Finally, Brothers, Rejoice” ( 2 Corinthians 13: 11, HCSB ) by Carley Evans


“Finally, brothers,” writes Paul to the church at Corinth, “rejoice. Become mature, be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” “Give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone.” (2 Corinthians 6:3) “Speak openly; [your] heart opened wide.” (2 Corinthians 6:11 [13]) Remember that “[you] are the sanctuary of the living God;” (2 Corinthians 6:16) and, as such, “complete [your] sanctification in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) “Wrong no one, corrupt no one, defraud no one.” (2 Corinthians 7:2) “Excel in everything — faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love — excel also in this grace.” (2 Corinthians 8:7)

 

As you remember that the living God dwells within you, you walk in awe and joy simultaneously. In this grace is your maturity, your ability to be at peace and to be encouraged. God is love and peace; and He is with you.

 

“Finally, brothers, rejoice” in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

“The Mystery: Christ In You” (Colossians 1: 27 – 28, HCSB) by Carley Evans


God intends to “make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Paul and Timothy continue to pray, “asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of [God’s] will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1: 9 – 10)

The hope in you is “you are rescued…from the domain of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.” (Colossians 1: 13 – 14)

Paul and Timothy “proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that [they] may present everyone mature in Christ.”

Paul and Timothy wish and work for the maturity of Christians, that each bears fruit, grows in knowledge of God, and understands God’s will. Paul intends to “make God’s message fully known.” (Colossians 1: 25) He warns, “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit.” (Colossians 2: 8) Base your walk on Christ, “for the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ, and you are filled by Him.” (Colossians 2: 9 – 10)

This is the mystery — Christ in you, the hope of glory.