Bible, Christian Life, Hope — March 17, 2022 at 2:19 am

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory


Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

Christ, and Christ alone, is the hope of glory.

I first heard these words from my dad (Rev. ISLO Ezigbo, a retired ECWA minister) during my teenage years. He often uttered the expression in situations that might appear hopeless. I later learned, when I began my theological studies, that “Christ, and Christ alone, is the hope of glory” was my dad’s paraphrase of lines from Colossians 1:27. Unsurprisingly, when the editorial board of DOXA asked me to write a short theological reflection on Colossians 1:27, I was overcome with nostalgia. My nostalgia for the past, however, was short-lived as I started reflecting on the horrendous experiences of people around the world, many of whom have been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on human lives, families, businesses, global economy, and national politics, to name just a few areas.1

1 In June 24, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that there were nearly 4 million reported deaths that were caused by COVID-19. This information can be accessed at
2 According to Christian tradition, the apostle Paul authored this epistle. However, he used a secretary (most likely Timothy) to write it.
3 For some helpful discussions on the range of meanings of Paul’s claim, see T. K. Abbott, The Epistles to the Ephesians and to the Colossians (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1964), 228-232, F. F. Bruce, The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1984), 81-84, Scot McKnight, The Letter to the Colossians (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2018).
4 For more discussions, see Martin Luther, “Two Kinds of Righteousness,” in Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, edited by Timothy F. Lull (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989), 155-164.
5 For a helpful discussion on the impact of human suffering on Christian life, especially the suffering that is the result of evil, see John Swinton, Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007).

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  • Rev. Victor Ezigbo, PhD

    Rev. Victor Ezigbo is Professor of theology and World Christianity at Bethel University. He has studied and taught theology in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. He is also the founder of the Center for Research in Global Christianity, an organization that provides resources for Christian leaders in Nigeria. For more information about CRGC, visit

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