CHRIST IN ALL



COL. 1:25-28
KING JAMES BIBLE
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill
the word of God;
26     Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is
made manifest to his saints:  27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of
this
mystery
among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28     Whom we preach, warning
every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:29   
    KJV

NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE
25     Of this church I 1was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your
benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
26     that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been
manifested to His 1saints,
27     to whom God willed to make known what is  the riches of the glory of
this mystery among the
Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28     We proclaim Him, admonishing
every man and teaching every man with all  wisdom, so that we may  
present
every man complete in Christ.
NASB

TODAYS ENGLISH VERSION
25And I have been made a servant of the church by God, who gave me this task to perform for your good. It
is the task of fully proclaiming his message, 26 which is
the secret he hid through all past ages from all
the human race
but has now revealed to his people. 27 And Gods plan is to make known his secret to his
people, this rich and
glorious secret which he has for all peoples. the secret is that Christ is in you,
which means that you will share in the glory of God. 28 So we preach Christ to everyone. With all possible
wisdom we warn and teach them in order to bring each one into Gods presence as a mature individual in
union with Christ. TEV

YOUNGS LITERAL VERSION
25 of which I did become a ministrant according to the dispensation of God, that was given to me for you, to
fulfill the word of God, 26 the secret that hath been hid from the ages and from the generations, but
now was manifested to his saints, 27 to whom God did will to make known what is the riches of the glory of
this secret among the nations which is Christ in you, the hope of the glory, 28 whom we proclaim,
warning
every man, and teaching every man, in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ
Jesus,   YLT

THE MESSAGE BIBLE
When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, Gods way of helping me
serve you,
laying out the whole truth.
This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now its out in the open
. God wanted
everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their
background, regardless of their religious standing.
The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in
you,
therefore you can look forward to sharing in Gods glory. Its that simple. That is the substance of our
Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message.
We teach in a spirit of profound
common sense
so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more,
no less. Thats what Im working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God
so generously gives me. THE MESSAGE BIBLE 1

I woke up this morning at about 3am and just lay there for a while but could not go back to sleep. I finally got
up about 4am. I immediately sat down at my computer and began to read Col. 1:25-28 in a small devotional,
it jumped out at me and I knew God was beginning to speak to me. You just know sometimes and it is
wonderful. The above scripture is quite clouded in the KJV, NASB and NIV also in many other translations
that I do not have time or space to reference. The problem is with the word translated gentiles in verse 27. It
is translated from the Greek word ethnos its where we get our English word ethnic. Most do not know the true
meaning of the word.
Here is a Greek dictionarys definition:
Strongs Greek Dictionary: 1484 Transliterated: ethnos; Pronounced: eth-nos
Strongs No: 1484
Transliterated: ethnos; Pronounced: eth-nos
1. a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or living together
a. a company, troop, swarm
2. a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus
a. the human family
3. a tribe, nation, people group
4. in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans, Gentiles

Here we see this underlying Greek word here translated gentiles means the rest of humanity that have not
known the true God
or have been worshiping him or ever heard of Him. So we see that the passage is
actually saying that God has had a secret that has been kept hidden until now; now that he has revealed it to
his chosen, set apart or called out ones. In order that they would share it with the rest of humanity. This
secret is simply and profoundly that the seed of Christ is in all the human race, waiting to be awakened by
hearing the gospel - in you and me, Jews, gentiles, heathen, pagans, all the nations of the world whatever
their ethnic origin might be. This is the hope for us all becoming the glorious ideal that God has always
purposed and planned for His creation. What a wonderful, awesome loving God! Paul was saying that his
commission from God was to proclaim a message that was to fulfill, fill up, or complete
(Greek 4137.  from
4134; to make full, to complete: accomplish )
the word or message of God. In other words Paul was
saying this is the final word on the truth of Christ and what he was all about. Christ completes the plan and
purpose of God by bringing the whole ethnos all nations to himself through the cross. Jesus said: if I be lifted
up, I will draw
(drag 1670) all 3956 men unto me John. 12:32
1670. helkō; a prim. vb.; to drag:drag(1) dragged(2), draw(1), draws(1), drew(2), haul(1).
3956. pas; a prim. word; all, every all

God was saying through the cross - I love you all - and he is proving it by reconciling us all in Christ. He truly
does love us all and wants to bring us all into a loving relationship with him even the difficult ones, the
messed up ones, the bad and the good. And he has made this possible through the death and resurrection
of Christ as the new federal head of the human race just as Adam was a type of the head in the beginning,
Jesus came as the second Adam to fix what Adam broke and give us all a new hope. God did not lose
anything or anyone in the garden; as a matter of fact
GOD DOES NOT LOSE, PERIOD! HE IS GOD FOR
HEAVENS SAKE!
He had a secret plan all the time. He just decided not to reveal it at that time. He wanted
his children to trust him for who he is, not give them a written guarantee. You do not tell your children
everything you are doing, you just expect them to trust that you love them and will take care of them and you
know what you are doing. How would you feel if your child came to you every day and said are you going to
feed me today? Will you love me if I mess up? We expect them to know these things because of who we have
shown ourselves to be in always loving and providing now and in the past.
As Adam brought all to sin and death even so God has provided and sent Jesus Christ and brought all to
righteousness and life through the cross and resurrection. The penalty of sin was death and so we died in
Christ - the penalty is paid in full. But thats not the end, we were also raised with him and this is a new
creation no longer condemned to death and destruction but raised to life and peace in the Spirit.

Paul sums this up better than I can in

2 Corinthians: 5:13-21 NRSV
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of
Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he
died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for
them.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view;b even though we once knew
Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a
new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who
reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ
God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the
message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal
through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin
who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Now lets break it down or as some would say lets break the bread of life.

13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of
Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he
died for all.

According to Paul here ALL died in Christ

so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view even though we once knew Christ
from a human point of view we know him no longer in that way.
Everything that we can see with these physical eyes from a human point of view has died and was buried with
Christ when he died as us. What we now see in the physical realm does not necessarily agree with what is
true in the spirit realm. Jesus is no longer with us in the flesh but in the Spirit. I know him now as the Spirit. I
have not seen him lately with my physical eyes; have you? That has all changed. The one that John saw in
the vision on the island of Patmos was much different than the Jesus that he knew from Galilee.  So I should
not regard anyone I see according to their outward condition that is temporal, fleshly and passing away. I do
not know all that is going on inside of them.
1Sam. 16:6 For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on
the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.  ESV
.  From now on I will see through spiritual
eyes that can see the kingdom of God among and within us all. Jesus said that unless one is born of the
spirit you cannot see the kingdom of God; you cannot see with spiritual eyes. He did not say you were not in
the kingdom he said you could not see it. Jesus also said that the Kingdom of God was not only here but also
within you (he said this to a group of self-righteous religious folks - Pharisees). We must begin to see the
kingdom working in people in a new way, like Jesus did. Because we are now in a new creation, the old order
has passed away and the new has come. God is patiently waiting on us and knows that we will finally get it.

17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has
become new!

The subject here from the beginning of this passage has been ALL not some because we are convinced
that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all.
So the translation if anyone (as
if some were not included) is not in keeping with the context. Lets look at the original
Greek word used here
for IF
in the Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Greek (New Testament)

1623  (ei): usually conditional pt. Str 1487 & 1489 & 1490 & 1499 & 1508 & 1509 & 153 1. LN 89.65 if adj.
marker of adj. condition, real, hypothetical, actual, or contrary to fact (Mt 4:3; 11:21; 26:42; Lk 19:42); 2. LN
89.30
because, since; adj. marker of cause or reason (Mt 6:30; Ro 6:8); 3. LN 90.26 that, whether, if;
adj. marker of an indirect question (Mk 15:44; Jn 9:25); 4. LN 89.131  (ei mē), except that (Mt 5:13;
11:27)

Now  a better translation in keeping with the context would be
BECAUSE OR SINCE anyone, no matter who
you are; you are in Christ, you have become  and are in a new creation and the old has passed away. Now
all things have become new!
[ Caldwell Translation CT for short ] thats also the initials for CAT scan showing that my translation looks
deep into things :) Just kidding; well maybe not? LOL
For those would be argumentive even if you translate the Greek with the word IF the contextual subject is still
all being dead in Christ  all things being made new so the words if any would still be contextually referring to
the all referred to before and after this phrase.

18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of
reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.

Whatever may have appeared to have been lost in the garden was brought back reconciled to God by his
secret plan of the ages to be revealed in Christ. God is not counting keeping a record of our sins but has
reconciled us through Christ. PRAISE GOD! HE IS NOT MAD AT YOU.  Now he wants you to believe it so you
can enjoy it and begin a new relationship with him; working out (living) your own salvation.

20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf
of Christ, be reconciled to God

God has already been reconciled to you through Christ; what more could he do? The passage says YOU
need to be reconciled to God,
contrary to traditional theology God does not need to be reconciled to
you.
You are only separated from God in your own mind and beliefs. COL.1:21  21 Once you were alienated from
God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by
Christs physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from
accusation   NIV.
That is why the bible says in Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your
mind;
  It is in your mind that you understand and so believe the truth and are saved from your own blindness
to the truth of Gods love and grace.

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21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness
of God  

Jesus became our sin and was put to death; and we became His righteousness and were brought to life in his
resurrection.

Rom. 5:8-21
8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9 Much more surely
then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10
For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely,
having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our
Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

We have now received the reconciliation, but most just dont know it or dont believe it. You dont receive
salvation at some alter or in some ceremony or by some prayer. You have already received it, you just need
to come to a realization of it in your mind and believe it. Alters and ceremonies and prayers are all good im
not knocking that, but they dont get you saved, Jesus did that, you just have to believe it. All these
ceremonies are just tools that God uses to awaken our mind to the truth in a way that our fleshly nature in
this physical realm can relate to what He has already done in the spiritual realm and believe its true for us for
us personally. The good news is God has saved us all from the curse of Adam and brought us into the
blessings of Christ which we inter into
by faith believing that he did what he said he did. He said he was the
savior of the world and the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world;
did he take away the sin of the
world or not? Do you believe him? Or did he fail? Or did he just take away your sin and the people's sin at
your Church?
You say well I have my freewill and that over rules Gods will. Do you have children or loved ones? Would you
let them do something that would irreparably damage their body or mind? If you had the power to stop them
wouldnt you? You wouldnt say well I told them and they made their choice. If you had the power to hold that
childs hand and keep them from running into the freeway you would not let go because you love them. Or
you would build a fence that would let them only go so far and no farther.
Consider what I am saying. And
that would only be protecting them from a temporary injury even if it lasted a lifetime. But we are talking about
eternity here. Well I have good news God is all powerful, all knowing, ever-present and loves us ALL! And
never lets go.

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2 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death
spread to all because all have sinned 13 sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned
when there is no law. 14 Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins
were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.

Adam was successful in bringing us all into that mess. But he wasnt the real head of the human race, the
bible says he was only a type. Jesus is the real head and Lord over all and he was successful in bringing us
all out of that state of sin and death. That was Gods secret plan from the beginning. Listen to the rest of this
passage;
the same all that was condemned are the same all that will be made righteous

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one mans trespass, much more
surely have the grace of God and
the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the
many. 16 And
the free gift is not like the effect of the one mans sin. For the judgment following one trespass
brought condemnation, but
the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17 If, because of the
one mans trespass,
death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive
the abundance of grace and
the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man,
Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore
just as one mans trespass led to condemnation for all, so one mans act of righteousness
leads to justification and life for all.
19 For just as by the one mans disobedience the many were made
sinners,
so by the one mans obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 But law came in, with the
result that the trespass multiplied; but
where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, just
as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Since all would agree that Adams sin caused all to become sinners agreeing with the first part of verse 19;
why do we try to say the second part about all being made righteous would apply to the same all
that is referred to in the first part of the verse. How come we change groups in the middle of the
verse?
Now just as without your choice you were made a sinner so also with or without your choice you will be made
righteous
(not a sinner, you will quit sinning) Praise God! Now dont get all upset about your free will I do
believe we have free will but it is limited by the Sovereign will of God. God wills that you be made righteous
and that requires us chosing Christ as savior and believe me God can allow the fire of whatever sort it is to
get hot enough for long enough either  now or later that you will chose Christ. Were not your circumstances
or your realization of them what brought you to bow at the feet of Jesus and ask Him to forgive you? Didnt
you come to realize later that your sins were already forgiven 2000 years ago; and you just were awakened
to
the fact? every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as Lord Isa. 45:22-23 Rom.
14:11 Phil. 2:10-11
. It is totally illogical to think that anyone would do otherwise given the proper opportunity.
Lets see; do I choose to continue to stay in this suffering getting worse and worse or do I chose to be set free
and enjoy abundant life, peace, and joy?
you get it.
Now that you have heard the truth you are free from the dominion of death in your mind and free to believe
the truth of the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ. He has saved us from our sins. And whoever the son
sets free is free indeed! Concerning this; Jesus said in
John 8:34-36 (NIV)
34 Jesus replied, I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent
place
in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  

You have been made a slave to sin through Adam but it was not your choice and it is not a permanent
condition.
Because the Son of God who has all authority has chosen to set you free from sin and death. And
what he does is forever because he is forever. YOU ARE FREE, FREE, FREE INDEED! BELIEVE IT,
RECIEVE IT, IN JESUS NAME, AND INTER INTO THE JOY OF THE LORD!

                                                              Rev. Dennis D. Caldwell


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