Mysteries of God Revealed in Jesus

SYNOPSIS - All God’s mysteries are revealed in Jesus Christ, especially, in his Death and Resurrection - Romans 16:25

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The Bible speaks of the “mysteries” of God - His ways that differ from human wisdom and expectations. Jesus himself declared that not everyone is able to understand the “mysteries of the kingdom” - It is God who reveals the deep and hidden things to whomever He chooses. Spiritually speaking, perhaps men and women are doomed to struggle in the “dark” until the day Jesus arrives in glory to reveal all things - (Isaiah 55:8, Mark 4:11, Daniel 2:22-27). - [Photo by Yannick Pulver on Unsplash].

But the New Testament declares that God did not disclose a complete understanding of His redemptive plan until the appropriate time, that is to say, in the “fullness of the seasons”:
  • (Romans 16:25-27) – “Now, unto him who hath power to establish you, according to my glad-message—even the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of a sacred secret, in age-past times kept silent, But now made manifest, and through means of prophetic scriptures, according to the command of the age-abiding God, for obedience of faith unto all the nations made known, Unto a God, wise alone, through Jesus Christ, [unto whom] be the glory, unto the ages. Amen.” – (The Emphasized Bible).
  • (Galatians 4:4) – “But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, who came to be of a woman, who came to be under law.
He certainly revealed some truth in the Levitical system and its elaborate rituals, as well as elsewhere in the Torah and “the prophets.” But the earlier word was partial and incomplete - (“In many parts and many ways of old”).

The prophets foretold the coming salvation that would be revealed in the Messiah; however, they did not possess or comprehend all the details and ramifications of the promise:
  • (1 Peter 1:10-12) – “Concerning which salvation prophets—who concerning the favour for you did prophesy—sought out and searched out, Searching into what particular or what manner of season the Spirit of Christ which was in them was pointing to, when witnessing beforehand as to—The sufferings for Christ and the glories after these,—Unto whom it was revealed—that, Not unto themselves but unto us they were ministering them, which things have now been announced unto you through them who have told you the good tidings with Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven: into which things messengers are coveting to obtain a nearer view.
  • (Hebrews 1:1-2) – “Whereas, in many parts and in many ways of old, God spake unto the fathers in the prophets, At the end of these days, He hath spoken unto us in his Son,—whom he hath appointed heir of all things.”
The “mystery” concealed previously has now been revealed in Jesus, and at the appointed season – Above all, in his Death and Resurrection.  The “law and the prophets” were vital parts of God’s revelation but in them many of His “mysteries” remained hidden. However, they are now disclosed in His Son - And nowhere else.

With his coming, the “word made flesh,” the rituals and ceremonies of the Mosaic legislation have been relegated to the status of “shadows and types” – And Jesus is the figure that cast the ancient “shadows.” To return to an outmoded ritual or a partial truth amounts to regression - The return to bondage under the “elemental things” of this fallen age, including the “powers, principalities, archons, angels, and world-rulers” - (Galatians 4:8-11, Ephesians 6:8-12Colossians 2:16-17).

Neither is there any need to resort to mystical practices, the scrutinization of astronomical signs, or the decoding of Hebrew letters and dates for deeper insight into divine “mysteries.” In “these last days,” His nature and His “mysteries” are revealed in Jesus - They are open and available to anyone who hears the “word of the Son” – The previously partial word is now unveiled fully in him.

The hidden “mystery” that the prophets and angels desired to understand is revealed to all men and women of faith regardless of gender or ethnicity.  What is required is not secret knowledge but the “obedience of faith.” The mystery “not made known in other generations, has now been revealed” in Jesus - (Romans 16:25, Ephesians 2:9-22, 3:3-11, Colossians 1:25-27).

Moses gave the Law, but “grace and truth came to be in Jesus.” In him, the knowledge of the Father has been revealed. No longer must men attempt to obtain a deeper understanding of God in any supposed secret knowledge or mystical experiences. The grace and fullness of Yahweh are found in the “face of Jesus Christ” - (John 1:14-18, 2 Corinthians 4:6).


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