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    Colossians 1: 24-27 And the Meaning of Dispensation In Dispensationalism For Verse 25

    Colossians 1: 24-27 And the Meaning of Dispensation In Dispensationalism For Verses 26 and 27

    "Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
    26.Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
    27 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:"

    Mystery is used in verses 26 and 27. And Paul mentions "the glory of this mystery among you Gentiles" in verse 27. Part of the mystery is that Jesus Christ is available to the Gentiles, something that Paul is teaching at this time.

    Paul also says in Colossians 3: 11, "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
    11. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."

    Colossians 1: 27 and Colossians 3: 11 are inspiring words from Paul, urging a spiritual transformation in the Gentiles from having Christ in them.

    But the insertion of dispensationalist doctrine into the interpretation of Paul's teaching here can be emphasized so much that it weakens for the reader what Paul is trying to inspire in Gentiles.

    http://www.sounddoctrine.net/stanfor...d_Scofield.htm

    "According to the Scofield Study Bible “A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect to some specific revelation of the will of God” (note on Genesis 1:28). "

    "According to the Scofield Study Bible each dispensation has “a character exclusively its own,” being “wholly complete and sufficient in itself,” that it “is in no wise exchangeable for the others, and cannot be commingled.”

    :http://biblecentre.org/content.php?mode=7&item=814

    Charles Ryrie defines a dispensation in this way: "A dispensation is God's distinctive method of governing mankind or a group of men during a period of human history, marked by a crucial event, test, failure, and judgment. From the divine standpoint, it is a stewardship, a rule of life, or a responsibility for managing God's affairs in His house. From the historical standpoint, it is a stage in the progress of revelation."

    For Colossians 1: 24-27 many dispensationalists focus upon the "mystery" of verse 26 as referring to the dispensation of Grace as given to Paul.

    Yet Colossians 1: 27 says "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:"

    Christ in you, that is, in the Gentiles, is the mystery of verse 27. This is what Paul wants you to hear, and which is inspiring.
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    Nope.

    Christ in you is THE RICHES OF the glory of this mystery that Paul was preaching among the Gentiles.

    And "this mystery" being preached by Paul among the Gentiles was Christ Himself (the very hope of glory Himself), being preached among the Gentiles according to said mystery.

    Case in point, at the end of Romans he refers to the preaching of "this mystery" as "the preaching OF Jesus Christ ACCORDING TO the revelation of THE MYSTERY, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest..."

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    Colossians 1: 27 is not the only New Testament Scripture to talk about Christ being in you, implying there that "you" are the Gentiles.

    "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" Philippians 2: 5

    Mind in Philippians 2: 5 is from φρονεισθω which should be looked at because, for example, the Greek word is translated as "attitude" in the New American Standard Bible.

    See: https://biblehub.com/lexicon/philippians/2-5.htm

    "φρονεῖτε, phroneite, Strong's Number 5426: to have understanding, to think, from phrén."

    See: https://www.studylight.org/interline...pians/2-5.html

    "5426, phroneite, φρονεῖτε, let mind be"

    "let this mind" is a more accurate translation than "attitude."

    "Let this mind be in you which was also was in Christ Jesus" says essentially the same ting as Colossians 1: 27 says. "Christ in you."

    Why would dispensationalists want to emphasize in Colossians 1: 25-27 the dispenszationalist doctrine on the meaning of oikobomia, dispensation, over verse 27 which says the mystery is Christ in you, implying he is in the Gentiles who come to faith in him?

    Could it be that dispensationalists emphasize their definition of dispensation more in Colossians 1: 25-27 because the dispensationalists generally do not emphasize John 3: 1-6, which says everyone must be born again to enter into the kingdom of God -and they do not stress Romans 12: 2, which calls us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, where transformed is from μεταμορφουσθε, metamorphousthe, or metamorphosized. This may be too "mystical" or "spiritualized" for dispensationalists.

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