“…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
What is the greatest treasure in the world? In this text, Paul is praying that the followers of Christ increase in understanding the mystery of God, which is Christ, who holds the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I believe the greatest treasure is Christ, because of the treasure that comes with knowing Him. A treasure that gives treasure.
One of those treasures is wisdom. The word “wisdom” means “clarity,” and is the root of the English term, “philosophy.” So, Paul says that Jesus is God’s secret revealing the treasure to understanding life. This means that Christ is the greatest counselor. He is the ultimate peacemaker. He holds the key to every decision that needs to be made in the world. If you have Jesus, you literally have the treasure of life.
You see, having Christ is not just a ticket to eternal life where we will live somewhere in the clouds. When God says you will have life in Christ, He means you will clearly understand what true life is supposed to be. As you get to know Christ, you will also get to know yourself. As you get to know Christ, your future becomes clearer. And as you get to know Christ, your choices will become clearer.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following question:
- Have you experienced more clarity with your future and choices because of Christ in your life? If so, how? Consider sharing in the comments below.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams