2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
When Paul writes to the people of Colossae, he calls them God’s holy people and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ (1:1). Colossians like Philippians is a short letter, only 4 chapters and 95 verses long (9 fewer than Philippians). The word mystery is in our verses above and it is found twice in chapter 1 and once in chapter 4.
In chapter 1, Paul explains what the mystery of God is as he does above, but let us look and compare the two.
25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To 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.
In chapter 1 the mystery of God is made known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is Christ, Christ in you, us, you and I, we have Christ in us and the hope of glory – spending eternity in heaven with Jesus.
It is in chapter 2 where Paul writes we may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that [we] may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The more we know of Jesus the more complete our understanding of this mystery of God as it is in Christ that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. The more we learn of and about Him, the more we listen to what He has to tell us, the more the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are revealed and no longer hidden from us. It is no wonder our hearts are then encouraged.
Paul prefaced this in chapter 1 with the following verses
9b We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together… 19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
With this knowledge we may be encouraged in heart and united in love as brothers and sisters in Christ as we look forward to going to church this weekend even with all the cold weather, ice, and snow predicted to learn even more of and about Him.