Colossians 1:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 1:27, NIV: "To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Colossians 1:27, ESV: "To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Colossians 1:27, KJV: "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:"

Colossians 1:27, NASB: "to whom God willed to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Colossians 1:27, NLT: "For 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 1:27, CSB: "God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

What does Colossians 1:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The "mystery" of Christ mentioned in the previous verse was both for Jews and Gentiles. In addition to mystery, Paul here notes God's sovereignty, which is His perfect and all-encompassing knowledge and control. The revelation came only when God chose to make it happen. This mystery was "great" both in content and impact among the Gentiles, including to the Colossian believers.

The glory of this mystery "is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Christ came to earth and also now lives in those who believe. Interestingly, this is the one place in Paul's letters he uses the explicit phrasing of Christ "in you." He seeks to make the gospel message very personal for these Colossian Christians, whom he has never personally met. With Christ in you, as a saved believer, you have the "hope of glory." In other words, a believer can be confident of eternity with Christ in heaven when he or she knows Christ is already in them now.