“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
I remember the moment when it hit me. I was driving my car down the loneliest highway I could find so I could scream my prayers at the top of my lungs and no one would see or hear me cry. I had been wrestling with sin much the way Paul had described in Romans 7, “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” When I pushed sin down in one area, it jumped up in another. I was being down right terrible—betraying friends left, right and center, betraying myself, doing things I wouldn’t have done even before I came to Christ. While driving down that road, when my throat hurt too much to even speak and my tears had all been exhausted, two verses whispered through my heart:
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6
“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27b
That’s when I realized that what I had begun in the Spirit I was now trying to work out by my own effort. Who had bewitched me? And, more importantly, how could I get back again?
The message of the gospel is not simply forgiveness of sin. Forgiveness is amazing, powerful and transformative, but there is more. Christ came to the earth, lived, died and rose again so that we would be the temple for His Holy Spirit—Christ in you, the hope of glory.
So how are we to run as if to win the prize? Only one will get that prize. Are we to be in competition with one another? No, human effort dictates that competition with one another is the best route for winning. Then who wins? Who is this one winner?
He is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
The promise given to Abraham was to him and his ‘Seed’, who is Jesus. (see Gal. 3:15-25)
The good news of the Gospel is that we no longer have to attain righteousness through the law but through Jesus Christ—Christ in you, the hope of glory.
“The law as put into effect through angels by a mediator. A mediator, however, does not represent one party; but God is one.” Gal. 3:19-20
The law, which was our schoolmaster leading us to Christ, was fulfilled through Christ, the great Mediator of the New Covenant. Through Christ we are brought into unity with the Father through the Spirit. When Christ is in us, the hope of glory, we are seated with Him in heavenly places, and his life flows through us on this earthly plane. This gives so much hope in the battle against sin, for the One who conquered sin is living inside of us, running the race. And there is no mediator between Christ and the Father, only perfect unity.
Christ is in you, the hope of glory. So run, madly in love with Him, because you have already won, and will continue to win.
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God bless you!