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The term “mystery” is used in the Bible several times, isn’t it? We have that great passage in I Timothy 3:16- “Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”
We read in 1 Corinthians 2:7– “No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” Paul speaks about our being gathered to Christ in1 Corinthians 15:51 – “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—”
The term “mystery” is used seven times in the book of Ephesians and four times in the book of Colossians. In Ephesians Paul writes, “he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ . . . (1:9). In Ephesians 6:19 Paul speaks of his desire to make this mystery known: “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel . . . “
Unlike Calvin in the cartoon above, Christians are to make known the mysteries of God, the most important being salvation in Jesus Christ — for both Jews and Gentiles — who believe!
2 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 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. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 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.
28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.