February 7

1 Corinthians 2:6-12

“But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.” vs 7

Whenever we try to wrap our heads around the gospel it doesn’t take long to discover that there is a great mystery involved. What may have seemed simple at one point in our lives is actually deeper than we had ever imagined. It’s not that the message is enormously complicated–Paul simplifies it to just a few words, “Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” But beyond that thought there is mystery–Paul calls it “God’s wisdom, secret and hidden.” From what he writes in other places we can surmise that this mystery has to do with the Christ, what the gospel writer, John, calls the Word, who was God in the beginning, and through whom the entire universe came into being. It’s this Christ, pulsating and brimming with the energy of the Spirit, who was fully present in Jesus, who died and was resurrected, and in whom all people have salvation. Christ was in Jesus and now we are in Christ–we are Christ’s presence in the world. And it even gets better than that! Not only are we in Christ, the same Christ who was in Jesus is present in us! The Christ is the image of God in whom we have our very being! The Christ is the Light of our lives, the very presence of the Divine! If this is hard to grasp, don’t worry about it! It’s not a truth to be understood, it’s one to be lived!

Thought for the Day: How can I live what I can’t understand?

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