Colossians 1:27
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English Standard Version
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.

King James Bible
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:

American Standard Version
to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom God would make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ, in you the hope of glory.

English Revised Version
to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Webster's Bible Translation
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:

Weymouth New Testament
to whom it was His will to make known how vast a wealth of glory for the Gentile world is implied in this truth--the truth that 'Christ is in you, the hope of glory.'

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Vincent's Word Studies

Would make known (ἠθέλησεν γνωρίσαι)

Lit., willed to make known. Rev., was pleased. Hence the apostles who were called to make known the Gospel were such by the will of God (Colossians 1:1).

Riches

See on Romans 2:4.

Of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles

The mystery of the admission of the Gentiles to the gospel covenant, now revealed through Paul's preaching, was divinely rich and glorious. This glory is the manifestation of the kingdom of Christ among the Gentiles as their inheritance (Colossians 1:12; compare Romans 8:18, Romans 8:21; 2 Corinthians 4:17). The richness exhibited itself in the free dispensation of the Gospel to the Gentile as well as to the Jew. It was not limited by national lines. Compare "the same Lord is rich unto all," Romans 10:12; and beggarly elements, Galatians 4:9.

Which is Christ in you

The readings differ. Some read ὅς, masculine, which, referring to the riches: others ὃ, neuter, which, referring to mystery. The latter corresponds with Colossians 2:2, the mystery of God, Christ, etc. In either case the defining words are Christ in you, i.e., in the Gentiles; either as constituting the richness of glory in this mystery, or as being the essence of the myself itself. In you may be either within you, dwelling in your hearts, or among you. The latter accords with among the Gentiles, the former with dwell in your hearts, Ephesians 3:17. Compare Romans 8:10; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 4:19.

The hope of glory (ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς δόξης)

Lit., of the glory. The Gentiles, in receiving the manifestation of Christ, did not realize all its glory. The full glory of the inheritance was a hope, to be realized when Christ should appear "the second time unto salvation" (Hebrews 9:28). Compare 1 Timothy 1:1. Glory refers to the glory of the mystery; hence the glory, but with more emphasis upon the idea of the same glory consummated at Christ's coming - the glory which shall be revealed. See Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Peter 1:7

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whom.

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God...

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the aroma of his knowledge by us in every place.

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts...

Galatians 1:15,16 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace...

the riches.

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Romans 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had before prepared to glory,

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Ephesians 1:7,17,18 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace...

Ephesians 3:8-10,16 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given...

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Christ.

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all...

Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, See here! or, see there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

John 6:56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.

John 14:17,20,23 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him...

John 15:2-5 Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it...

John 17:22,23,26 And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one...

Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them...

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me...

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Ephesians 2:22 In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him...

in you. or, among you. the hope.

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Psalm 16:9-11 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope...

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:18,19 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us...

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

1 Peter 1:3,4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Cross References
Matthew 13:11
And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

Romans 2:4
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Romans 8:10
But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Ephesians 1:18
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 3:16
that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

1 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,

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