Hope: Our Glory
Read the Reflection Scripture out loud. Write it in your journal. Consider doing it more than once.
…Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:27 ESV
The Greek for glory: doxa. The root for the English word doxology, a liturgical expression of praise to God (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary).
doxa– opinion, judgment, view… in the New Testament always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory
–Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon
When we consider our relationships, the heart of doxa can weigh heavy. We judge, have opinions, and view those we love in many different ways. We wonder about their opinion of us in return. How they view our lives or pass judgment.
In your relationships, is your doxa of others in line with the New Testament definition? Do you choose to always consider the good? honor? praise?
What about your relationship with God. Is your opinion of Him always good? Does it result in giving Him praise, honor, and glory?
What about God’s doxa of you? What do you think His opinion of you is? Why?
We might rewrite our Reflection Scripture as…
…Christ in you, the hope of God always having a good opinion concerning you.
It might be hard to stomach, God having a good opinion of us. We know our faults, the places we consistently fall short. We know who we really are.
Could it be we haven’t quite grasped the work of Christ in us? His power, His grace, His work in us is what God considers when He views us.
When you look at it from God’s view, always seeing you through Jesus, what hope rises? How is God calling you to embrace His glory in you?
Ask Him to grow your understanding of Christ in you as the hope of glory before Him.
Read Romans 8:12-18
What does Paul say about these present sufferings? What is his hope?
According to the passage, how does our suffering lead to glory? How is hope involved?
We are debtors: ones who owe another, held by an obligation (Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon). As Believers, who do we owe? Why?
Where is our hope placed? How are we called to live? Connect this to the hope of suffering and our subsequent glory.
How does this speak to what Paul said in Colossians 1:24 about what is lacking in Christ’s affliction? Where is the hope? the glory?