1 Tim 3:16 says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” As was stated last week, the mystery of godliness (or the gospel) is no longer a mystery. It has been revealed by the Apostles-specifically Paul. It was made known unto him by the revelation of Jesus Christ (Eph 3:3).
The things that were shrouded in mystery in the Old Testament, were explained and made perfectly clear in the New Testament. Let’s get into God’s Word.
In 1 Corinthians 15:51, Paul said, “Behold, I show you a mystery”. He was not saying this is still a mystery. He was saying , “Christians, I’m going to explain to you clearly something that up to this point was a mystery.” The specific subject he was explaining was the “catching away”, or rapture, of the church. He was speaking of the first resurrection-the resurrection of the saints (see also 1 Thess 4:13-18). Ephesians 1:9 says that the mystery of God’s will has been made known unto us.
Bible reading is extremely important. If you don’t know God’s Word, then you don’t know God. I’m not saying you’re not saved, but you will not think Godly if you don’t now what God says. The only way you will know what God says is to read His Word. Paul said in Eph 3:4 that when we read God’s Word (specifically the Epistles), we can understand his knowledge in the mystery of Christ. God gave us His Word so that we would read it and understand it. If there are ignorant Christians, it is because they either do not have a Bible; or they have a Bible and don’t read it.
In Eph 3:9-10, Paul wanted all men to see what is the fellowship of the mystery; and that the church would know the manifold wisdom of God. Because of God’s great love for us, He longs for us to know Him. He has made the way to Him plain. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Him. Do you remember when Paul Harvey would have a morning program, and then in the afternoon you could tune in to hear “the rest of the story”? The New Testament is the rest of the story.
The mystery, which was hid from ages and generations, is now manifested to His saints (Col 1:26). God has made known the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is this: Christ in you, the hope of the glory (Col 1:27). Imagine this! The Lord Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh, dwells inside every believer. The God who holds the thousands of galaxies and solar systems and stars in all of the universe in the palm of His hand, has chosen to live inside His people. We are the temple of the Holy spirit. Christ is in us-and that is our blessed hope for everlasting glory! Praise God for His abundant grace and goodness!
When we acknowledge the mystery of the Trinity, it comforts our hearts, which are sown together with God’s love, and gives us full assurance of understanding (Col 2:2). This is what God wants for us. This is His amazing love for us. He is good to His children. If people only really knew God! Oh, the depths of His goodness and love are beyond comprehension! Yet, He has revealed it to us through Jesus Christ!
When Paul described the marriage covenant in Ephesians 5, he said it was a great mystery that described Christ and His church. Jesus laid down His life for His bride. He washes her with the pure water of the Word. He presents us to Himself a bride without blemish: pure, holy and righteous. We in turn, as His bride, should reverence Him and submit ourselves to Him because He is our head and our savior. When we as married couples fulfill our God given roles as described in Eph 5, we become a picture of the mystery of Christ and His bride.
We as Christians should pray as Paul did in Eph 5:32 and Col 4:3. We should pray for boldness to proclaim this mystery. That we would have a door of utterance (an opportunity to speak) about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I know this is sometimes hard, especially this day in age. We don’t really rely on each other anymore. We keep to ourselves, and the busyness of our own life often keeps us from these opportunities. However, if we pray for opportunities to be presented, we can believe that God will give them to us. May we look for them as we go through out our daily lives.
I pray you have been blessed by these truths, and until next time, rejoice in The Lord!