Reflection on Col 1:27Post date: 2017-07-16
Reflection on Col 1:27
In chapter 1 of the Epistle to the Colossians, we can notice a number of profound truths which concern us.
In verse 13, we read that God has delivered, or literally snatched us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. And next it emphasizes that in Him, Jesus, we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. So we receive the forgiveness of sins nowhere else but in Jesus. The condition is the faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who forgives sins. He forgives sins through penitence and also in the sacrament of penance. So here it is emphasized again that we have been delivered from the power of darkness behind which is the evil spirit.
Another deep truth is expressed in verse 24, where the Apostle says that he now rejoices in his sufferings for us, and fills up in his flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of the Mystical Body, which is the Church. This applies to us as well. Our suffering, too, if united to the suffering of Christ, brings blessing to others. And then, in verse 27, the Apostle points out a mystery. We ask what this mystery among the Gentiles is. It is the mystery concerning us who often live among non-believers. The mystery is this: Christ is among us and in us at the same time. In verse 29, the Apostle Paul says: “I strive according to His working which works in me mightily.” He thus points out that Jesus is in him. But Jesus is in us, too, and we have to know about this might of God. We have to rely on His might in our struggle with original sin which is in us, as well as in our struggle with the system of the world which boycotts divine truths concerning our salvation and in our struggle with the spirit of lies and evil which works through this system of the world and has a direct impact on our thoughts and feelings. So it is an ideological and spiritual fight.
Therefore it is so important to be aware of the mystery of Christ in us who is our strength. We need to know it in practice.
In another place, the Apostle says that when he is weak, then he is strong, for the power of Christ rests upon him. His power works in us through the awareness of our own weakness connected with our faith in the almighty power of Christ. So in this spiritual battle waged for the salvation of our soul, we must rely on the power of God connected with the mystery of Christ Himself being in us. Let us have recourse to Him and let us decrease by abandoning our plans and our will, by seeking the will of God, and thus allowing the power of God to work. Our battle involves inner suffering and brings blessing to others too, especially to sincere people who are in the Church, in the Mystical Body of Christ. So let us remember that Christ is among us because He is in us too.
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