Secrets come in all sizes, shapes and styles. Some are fun to know; others are not. Sometimes I keep a secret for someone and then enjoy the telling when it’s time — like when my daughter and daughter-in-law are pregnant. That’s always exciting to learn and exciting to share.
Other times, I am the recipient of a secret that’s been held close until the time is right to reveal it. Sometimes the revelation brings joy; other times it brings sorrow.
Paul, in his letters, talks about a secret that has been kept hidden until the appropriate time.
25God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. 26This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. 27For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.Colossians 1:25-27
This secret is a joyful one! You know, I don’t think about it often enough that Christ lives in ME! After he bought my freedom and forgave my debt, he moved in.
There is a second part to this great secret. When Christ lives in me, he declares me holy, blameless and without fault!
22Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.Colossians 1:22
Blameless means innocent of wrongdoing. That seems like a contradiction. After all, Jesus died because I sinned — that’s wrongdoing. A crazy transformation took place when Jesus came into my life. All the guilt, shame and sin was redeemed and then forgiven. Suddenly I stood holy, blameless and without fault.
Not only is it great news that Christ lives in me, but I stand before God the Father completely blameless and without a single fault!
Go ahead! Shout this secret from the mountain top because it’s the best kind!!