by Norman P. Grubb
We are among, not just the Spirit—baptized members of the church at Corinth who rejoiced in their own spiritual riches and fullness, but among those with the marks of apostle¬ship: – weak, despised, poor, a “spec¬tacle” to be stared at as crazy, yet apostles – 1 Corinthians 4:9—13; 2 Corinthians 6:8— 10.
We see this as the glorious completion of the “completed man in Christ”, the human side of the mys¬tery of Christ in man; which Paul coupled together in his basic standard statement of Colossians 1:26—28
Colossians 1:26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. 27To 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.
28We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
Christ in us – verse 27; we, complete men in Christ verse 28. This was the ideal to which Paul pressed forward, not a perfection of sainthood, which had been his for years, but a perfection of co-saviourhood in the fulfillment at all costs of his high calling.
For him that was the glorious taking of the gospel to the Gentiles and the building up of the saints in Christ, his two-fold ministry – Colossians 1:23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Simple As This by Norman Grubb